Training & Development

New Employee Orientation - Update (3/25/20)

New Employee Orientation (NEO) welcomes new employees and employees with longer-service who just recently became eligible for UC benefits. NEO provides an introduction to UCSB and important information about the University of California, history and culture of UCSB, policies and procedures, training and development opportunities, services and resources available to employees, workplace protections and responsibilities, and more.


Due to the statewide stay at home order effective 3/19/20, Human Resources is offering New Employee Orientation (NEO) only via Zoom. New Employee Benefits Orientation (NEBO) will be made available via live UCPath Benefits Webinars as scheduled.

Human Resources will continue to provide Benefits information packets to benefits-eligible employees. Human Resources will email Benefits information packets to the employee's email address for all known NEO participants (i.e., new staff hires who received job offers through the Employment unit and those who are registered for NEBO via HR ServiceNow). If departments are unsure whether their new hire or newly eligible employee is registered for the upcoming NEO/NEBO, please submit their name via Service Now/Benefits Administration  to ensure that a Benefits information packet will be prepared for their new hire or newly eligible employee.

The above described measures will remain in place until the statewide stay at home order is lifted.  Human Resources is committed to continuing its work to welcome and engage our new employees while UCSB campus operations are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Human Resources is also currently evaluating all scheduled HR trainings for the next 30 days to determine whether alternate methods of delivery can be used.  More information will be provided about training course changes in the coming days. 

Other Resources

HR NEO/NEBO Schedule:
University of California Resources COVID-19 Resources:
Chancellor’s Office communications about COVID-19:


First and Third Tuesday of each month


9:00 – 11:30


Please email Katherine Abad at and she will email you the Zoom link and password 48 hours prior to NEO.

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