New employee orientation
New Employee Orientation (NEO) is VCU's way of welcoming you to our community. NEO will introduce you to the structure and culture of VCU as well as provide information about benefits and opportunities for employees. It is a chance for you to meet other new colleagues and ask questions. If you need special accommodations in order to attend NEO, please talk with your department's personnel administrator or HR manager, your immediate supervisor, or the ADA Coordinator.
Spend the day with us in New Employee Orientation (NEO) and discover all the reasons why a position with Virginia Commonwealth University is so much more than just a paycheck.
What is it?
At VCU, we believe NEO is an important part of the new employee onboarding process. It's a chance to meet your colleagues from across the university, learn more about the university's brand, culture and leadership, and gain high value benefits information that you can use to make your health and retirement benefits selections. The full-day orientation session is interactive and informative and is designed to help new employees develop a positive work experience at VCU. Read more about NEO philosiphies, objectives, and learning modules.
When is it?
NEO is offered every two weeks and is an all-day event, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Lunch is on your own from 12 to 1 p.m. and there are plenty of eateries within walking distance.
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 here.
How can I prepare?
Your NEO experience depends on how much you put into it. The more you prepare and participate, the more you’ll gain.
- Review and sign the required Policy Checklist for New Hires and complete the required online training.
- Review Quest for Distinction, VCU's guiding strategic plan.
- Watch the welcome video.
- Arrive early. Arrive on time. Just don’t arrive late.
What happens after NEO?
- Debrief with your supervisor and colleagues after NEO. Share what you have learned.
- Ensure you have enrolled in the benefits options you would like. Be mindful of deadlines.
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.