Carnegie Mellon University

Your First Month

Once your onboarding tasks are completed, learn more about how to make the most of the benefits available to you and explore opportunities to get involved.

number 1 icon  Benefits Enrollment

  • Benefit elections* must be submitted in Workday within 30 days of your hire date. Reminder emails are sent weekly, noting your submission deadline. If you do not enroll or waive benefits in Workday within 30 days, you will be auto-enrolled in default benefits.
    • Quick Guide: New Hire/Rehire/Change Job Benefit Elections [pdf]
    • You will receive a Workday notification once your benefit elections are approved. Enrollment information is sent to the insurance carriers the Monday morning after your elections are approved.
  • Beginning the Wednesday after your elections are sent to the carrier(s), you can create user accounts on your insurance carriers’ websites
  • Permanent insurance cards are sent within 7–10 business days.
  • Dependents must be verified in Workday with documentation that confirms their relationship to you [pdf]. Documentation must be submitted within 30 days of your enrollment date.
  • Benefit elections cannot be changed until the next Open Enrollment period, unless you experience a qualifying life event.

*Members of the AFL-CIO Local 95 — International Union of Operating Engineers are covered under their own contract, which specifies their benefits coverage options.
**UPMC requires your ID number in order to create a user account. Call UPMC customer service at 855-497-8762 to obtain your ID number. Vision Benefits of America (VBA) does not issue ID cards. 

number 2 icon  Retirement Savings Enrollment

*Members of the AFL-CIO Local 95 — International Union of Operating Engineers are covered under their own contract, which specifies their retirement program options.

number 3 icon  Training Requirements and Opportunities

number 4 icon  Supervisor Relationship

  • Meet with your supervisor early on to discuss department specific information, including departmental goals and mission, organizational structure, and expectations for work hours, lunch breaks and daily attire.
  • Review job duties and performance expectations during your six-month provisional period and beyond.
  • Maintain an open dialogue to clarify expectations and facilitate feedback.
  • Learn your department's process for reporting and submitting Paid Time Off. 
  • Discuss professional development and personal growth opportunities.

number 5 icon  Policies, Handbooks and Guidelines

CMU employees are required to adhere to university policies and all applicable handbooks, guidelines and required employee notices.

number 6 icon  Discounts and Perks

number 7 icon  Opportunities to Stay Involved, Informed and Healthy

Learn about opportunities to get involved in the campus community.

Once you have completed your onboarding tasks and reviewed all the information for New Faculty and Staff, please refer to the Current Faculty and Staff section for information as you continue your career at Carnegie Mellon.