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HR recently expanded its onboarding program

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Human Resources has launched an expanded onboarding program, developed to engage new hires, create a faster time to proficiency, increase satisfaction, and help with retention.

“Onboarding is an important process for new employees to welcome them to Virginia Tech, their department, and their team,” said Jeff Cumberland, talent acquisition manager. “It helps employees better find their home with Virginia Tech and the community.”

The robust program is designed to go beyond compliance and transactional items, such as required paperwork and training, to include information about Virginia Tech’s culture and governance, wellness, professional development, and more. It now extends through the first year of employment, a significant expansion from the previous one-week onboarding process. The updated program applies to newly hired staff, faculty, and non-student wage, and wage-to-salary transitions. All other hires will receive onboarding information from their hiring department.

The onboarding portal, available through PageUp, generates automated email reminders and information for the employee and their manager. The integrated task list in both the portal and in the manager’s onboarding menu in PageUp makes it easy for employees and managers to track their onboarding progress.

The newly updated onboarding website contains information designed to help employees as they begin their new role at Virginia Tech. Resources are available for managers such as onboarding checklists, templates, and tools.

Human Resources will continuously assess and make improvements to the onboarding process.

For questions about onboarding, contact Jessica Grimes, employee engagement and onboarding coordinator, at 540-231-6347 or

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