New employee orientation
New Employee Orientation (NEO) is VCU's way of welcoming you to our community. NEO introduces you to the structure and culture of VCU and provides valuable information about your employee benefits. It is a chance for you to meet other new colleagues and ask questions. If you need special accommodations in order to attend NEO, or if you have dietary restrictions, please talk with your department's personnel administrator or HR manager, your immediate supervisor, or the ADA Coordinator.
Where is it?
NEO is held on the Monroe Park Campus at 922 W. Grace Street in room 115. If you are coming from Grace Street, the building is located directly behind the RamTech store near the intersection of Grace and Harrison Streets. If you are coming from Broad Street, you can find us by walking through the breezeway next to the Barnes and Noble bookstore, crossing the alley, and entering the building immediately on your left. If you run into Grace Street from this direction, you've gone too far.
Here's a link to the building location on VCU maps: http://www.maps.vcu.edu/monroepark/hrtraining/.
If you are traveling from the MCV campus, we recommend using the GRTC (Greater Richmond Transit Company) Pulse bus to get to the NEO location. This transit option is free for all VCU employees! Visit Parking and Transportation to learn how to get your bus pass and for more route information.
What is it?
We believe orientation is an important part of the new employee onboarding process. It's a chance to meet new colleagues, internal partners and subject matter experts, and university leaders. You’ll better understand the university's brand, culture and strategic direction, and gain high value benefits information that you can use to make your health and retirement benefits selections. Campus tours are provided on a VCU shuttle bus. The session is interactive and informative and is designed to help new employees develop a positive work experience at VCU.
NEO is one and a half days long. We provide lunch for you on the first day, and snacks/coffee/water on both days.
When is it?
NEO is offered every two weeks for a day and half. Your department HR associate will register you.
Day 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Welcome, objectives, review agenda, and icebreaker
- All about VCU
- Guest speakers
- Lunch with leaders
- Ethics, integrity and compliance
- Great Place Policy overview
- Paid leave
- Career development
- Performance management
- Learning management
- Great Place to Work
- Campus and city tour beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Day 2 – 8:30 a.m. to noon
- Benefits of Working at VCU
- Retirement and other savings
- Health care and coverage
- Other benefits and insurances
- Wrap up and general assistance
- Individual Q&A time
Where is it?
NEO is held on the Monroe Park Campus at 922 W. Grace St. in room 115. To get here, you can take the VCU campus connector (advised) or drive your car. If you drive, please be aware that street parking is extremely limited in space and allowed time (2-hour maximum). Parking for participants is not available in the lot that abuts the building. Learn more about the closest parking options.
Arrive early. Arrive on time. Just don’t arrive late.
What we need from you
- If you need special accommodations to attend NEO, or if you have any dietary restrictions, please talk with your department's HR associate, your immediate supervisor, or the ADA Coordinator.
- If you have dietary restrictions or requirements, communicate those to your department’s HR associate.
What happens after NEO?
- Debrief with your supervisor and colleagues after NEO. Share what you have learned.
- Note deadlines for benefits enrollment and paperwork, and make sure you meet them.
New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is held twice each year. Visit the website of the Provost's Office of Faculty Affairs to learn more about VCU faculty-specific information and resources.
This information is intended for student workers, graduate assistants, postdoctoral fellows, adjunct faculty and hourly employees who cannot attend orientation. Be sure to complete required training and review security and safety resources.