Staff Orientation


The University of Waterloo is a unique organization which thrives on collaboration and collegiality. It is more than a place to work! To enhance your knowledge of the university, Human Resources (HR) and Organizational & Human Development (OHD) host an all-day orientation session.

HR and OHD have developed an entertaining and informative overview of working life at the University of Waterloo. The morning portion focuses on the unique nature of the work performed at the university, tells a little of Waterloo's history, and unravel some of the mysteries of university language, references and organizational structures.

Guest speakers and a live Q&A with HR and the Staff Association round out the morning session.

The second half of the day, OHD will facilitate a workshop that speaks to the core workplace values of the University of Waterloo. In this interactive session, you will be introduced to the personal and professional development workshops offered by OHD, and see how working collaboratively creates a climate of co-operation, shared ideas and a common purpose. These sessions are sponsored by the Staff Relations Committee.

Whether you are new to the university or a seasoned employee, HR and OHD would like to invite you to learn and explore all that the campus has to offer. After all, Waterloo is your university, too.


2023 Permanent & Temporary Staff Orientation Date

Staff Orientation will be held virtually (MS Teams) on:

  • Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Thursday, June 15, 2023
  • Thursday, November 9, 2023

Registration opens on Portal one month before Orientation. Although anyone is welcome to join, we encourage new staff to join an Orientation session within your first six months at the University of Waterloo.

*Please note these dates may be subject to change. If you have registered for these events, you will be contacted about the date change.

See you soon!

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