Your First 30 Days

Attend New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation introduces you to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and provides useful information as you transition to work life at the university. 

You will:

  • Gain a sense of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s community and culture.
  • Learn about UNL’s land-grant mission and vision for the future.
  • Meet and have conversations with other new employees from across campus.
  • Participate in diversity and inclusion conversations.
  • Receive a variety of information, including university resources, policies, technology, and campus safety.

New employees are invited to join us in person for coffee and muffins from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. View a schedule of upcoming sessions to attend. If unable to attend in person, a recording of the sessions is available online. New faculty should also participate in the New Faculty Orientation.

Enroll in BenefitsIf you are eligible for benefits, most employee’s benefits will become effective on the first day of the month following your start date. Your online benefit enrollment must be completed within 31 days of your hire date. You can learn more about the benefit plans available to you by watching these videos or reading the 2022 Benefits Guide.

Complete the benefits enrollment process online through Firefly (, the employee portal for benefits enrollment, leave balances, payroll and more. Use your TrueYou credentials to access.

If you need help determining the correct plan/coverage for you and your dependents, please contact the Benefits Office at or 402-472-2600.

Take Required TrainingAll new employees must complete the University of Nebraska Report=Support!training within their first 20 days. You'll be required to take this training on an annual basis.

At a minimum, employees must complete the Environmental Health & Safety training Core-Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and Core-Emergency Preparedness. Depending on your position, there may be additional training required. You can find this training and instructions on the EHS website.

New employees should also take the NU Annual Information Security Fundamentals located in Bridge. 

Mark university dates on your calendarMark university holidays and shutdown dates on your calendar. Decisions to close the campus for inclement weather are based on a number of factors. Learn about the Inclement weather closure pay policy.

Sign up for UNL Alert to be alerted by text messaging or email for all weather-related closing and campus emergencies.
Wireless access for your mobile devicesWireless access for mobile devices can only be accessed when you are on campus. From your mobile device, open your network preferences and connect to eduroam. You'll need your MyUNL username (e.g. and password. You'll need to accept the certificate and authenticate your device if prompted.

If you will be using a computer for your position, you should be aware of the Computer Use Policies