During your first week, you'll want to make sure you get connected in multiple ways to ensure you have the information and resources you need to begin contributing and be productive.

Meet with Your Supervisor

Meet with your supervisor to determine you initial assignments, familiarize yourself with the workplace, meet others in the department and complete any necessary paperwork such as required policies and training. Be sure to discuss performance expectations with your supervisor and begin developing a work plan.

Get Connected to IT Resources

Visit the Office of Information Technology to learn how to use technology at Duke. For instance, your NetID will be your key to many computing systems. You can also learn about creating a Duke email account, setting up phone service and connecting to the Duke network at work and from home. 

Get Your DukeCard ID

The DukeCard identification badge is required for all staff. Staff are expected to carry their badge at all times while on Duke premises. Some jobs and work units require the wearing of the DukeCard ID badge at all times. Supervisors will communicate this requirement and how to obtain your DukeCard ID. Visit the DukeCard website for information about where and how to get your card.

Review & Enroll in Benefits

You need to review and make decisions about participation in certain benefits within the first 30 days of your date of employment. These benefits include medical, dental, vision and reimbursement account benefits. Otherwise, you will have to wait until the next annual open enrollment period, unless you have a qualifying life event.

Transportation and Parking

You will need to determine how best to get back and forth to work. There are multiple options for alternative transportation or you could purchase a parking permit. Visit the Parking & Transportation website to consider your options. 

New Staff Orientation

For new team members starting February 13, 2023, or after, you will participate in an orientation called Day 1 at Duke Health. This roughly two-hour interactive virtual experience is designed to immerse you in all things Duke Health - our mission, vision, and values; history and key facts; benefits; and a host of other interesting topics. Additionally, you will be assigned modules in our Learning Management System (LMS) to compliment the information obtained during the orientation. In the midst of learning, you will be provided multiple resources and connections to aid in becoming acclimated to your new role - this includes meeting with your supervisor to familiarize yourself with expectations and your new workplace and surroundings, connecting with IT to set up pertinent accounts and services (like your Duke email account and Duke network), determining parking and transportation logistics and accessing Duke@Work for essentials like benefits and payroll. You will be automatically pre-registered for the event, and will be provided information via email leading up to your first day.

There is a separate orientation session for Duke University staff.

Direct Deposit, Tax Withholdings

Visit the Duke@Work self-service website to sign up for direct deposit, submit your tax withholding elections and review and update your contact information. Note: if you cannot access the site after your first week, please check with your supervisor to ensure your employee profile has been created in the HR/Payroll system.

Did You Know?

Being a Duke employee has its advantages. Employees and their families can enjoy a variety of service and entertainment opportunities at discounted prices through the PERQS Employee Discount program. See the PERQS site for a complete list of discounts and to sign up for the listserv to be notified when new discounts become available.

Employee Discounts