Starting Essentials is a one-hour seminar run by Human Resources for new permanent and fixed-term staff. The seminar provides an opportunity for new staff to get together and hear about a range of topics. This includes the benefits of working for the University, where to find information, what support is available, and what to expect during their onboarding and settlement.

Is Starting Essentials compulsory?

It is highly recommended that all new staff attend the one-hour Starting Essentials seminar. The session includes a number of topics new staff have asked about and find useful, including:

  • Staff benefits
  • The wider University community
  • Meeting other new staff
  • Where to find information and support

Starting Essentials is part of the overall University of Otago onboarding programme.

Locations and times for Starting Essentials

On the Dunedin campus, Starting Essentials sessions are held each second Monday from 11am to 12 noon, late January to early December each year. The venues can change and will be advised to registered attendees and the person who registered them, along with the date.

Staff based in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, and Invercargill will be advised of arrangements on their campus.

When a public holiday falls on a Monday there will be no Starting Essentials held that week, unless demand requires an alternative day.

Registering for Starting Essentials

To register someone for Starting Essentials email the appointee's full name and position title to hrservices@otago.ac.nz

HR Services will confirm the registration via email including the date and venue. If the employee is unable to attend on a Monday, a one-on-one session can be arranged.

Casual staff

Starting Essentials is not designed for casual staff. However Human Resources can provide advice on how to cover any relevant aspects, and can run a bespoke seminar for casual staff if required.

A Departmental Induction Checklist for Casual Staff is also available.

Further information

Onboarding at Otago

Last updated 18/03/2021 02.13 PM

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