New employee benefit and retirement orientations

Over the last several months, New Employee Orientation courses began transitioning from live instructor-led trainings to on‑demand courses offered through Percipio. The general orientation transitioned in the spring, followed by the Employee Benefit Orientation in June. Beginning Aug. 9, the Employee Retirement Orientation for AP/Faculty is also moving to on‑demand, and the Classified Staff/eligible Nonpermanent Retirement Orientation will follow suit no later than Sept. 1.

Eligible new employees are notified of their benefit eligibility via Workday, as well as via a WSU email from HRS Benefits. Newly eligible employees must attend the online sessions and address their benefit elections within the first 30 days of employment. Failing to do so will minimize some of their benefits options, and result in their being defaulted into certain benefits with associated premiums. To ensure new employees can complete the benefit and retirement orientations, it is recommended time be built into their onboarding schedule during their first 30 days of employment for this purpose. All benefit elections are made in Workday.

Questions and feedback can be directed to HRS Benefits at 509‑335‑4521 or

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