New Employee Orientation (NEO)
As a new WSDOT employee, you are required to attend a NEO. Human Resources will contact your supervisor with the time, date and location where this orientation will take place. This is where you will obtain information regarding your benefits and next steps as a new employee.
You will have several forms to complete within specified timeframes to process your insurance benefits, payroll, retirement, etc. These forms will be provided to you during your NEO. Below is where you will obtain additional information on required forms and the timeframe it needs to be completed and submit.
*At WSDOT equal employment opportunity efforts are important to us. We invite you to complete the supplemental profile data (DOCX 40 KB) form on a voluntary basis. This form is to assist us in evaluating equal employment opportunity efforts, affirmative action purposes and providing additional points for qualified veterans or their spouses who meet state qualification. View the Affirmative Action Definitions for additional information.
Your First Paycheck
Your first paycheck will be automatically sent to your mailing address. Please be sure to double check the accuracy of the address you provide on your I-9 and W-4 documents. Contact your local HR Consultant if your address needs to be updated.
WSDOT paydays are the 10th and 25th of each month, but are adjusted if they fall on a weekend or a holiday. Any hours worked for the 1st through the 15th of the month are paid on the paycheck on the 25th of that month. Any hours worked on the 16th through the end of the month are paid on the paycheck on the 10th of the following month. To learn more you can view the state's payday and holiday calendar.
Direct Deposit & Earnings Statements
WSDOT employees are encouraged to enroll in direct deposit, which transfer your salary straight into your checking or savings account. To view your earnings statements, WSDOT uses a secure, password-protected, on-line portal called Employee Self Service (ESS). You can also update contact information through ESS. To access ESS you will need your employee identification number and WSDOT email address. Your supervisor can provide this information to you.
Depending on your classification, you may be asked to complete a timesheet to report your labor hours. Please work with your supervisor to identify if your position is required to do so. You can find timesheet document(s) on WSDOT's internal website in the forms catalog.
Collective Bargaining Agreement
WSDOT has positions that are represented by a union. If you have questions on whether or not your position is union represented please contact your supervisor or Human Resource Consultant. The collective bargaining agreements between the State of Washington and the different unions can be found on the following website the Office of Financial Management website.
You are required to complete the following trainings with 30-60 days of being assigned the classes [mandatory training policies] (PDF 126 KB).
- IT security
- Ethical Standards
- Sexual Harassment
- Valuing Diversity
- Disability Awareness
- Violence in the workplace
- Discrimination in the Workplace
All trainings are available online in the Learning Management System. Your LMS Administrators are responsible for signing you up for these classes. It could take up to two weeks after your start date to be registered for the above classes.
If you have questions regarding any of these classes, please contact your Training and HR Systems Support Team and 360-705-7060 and Select Option 1.
Protect yourself and your coworkers from injury by following safety policies and procedures and these simple guidelines.
Pre-plan your work
Consider the hazards involved with the task your about to perform then determine how best to reduce the risk of injury.
Keep yourself healthy
A healthy body is better able to withstand the stress put on the muscles, tendons, and joints. It is important to stay fit, perform stretches, and maintain the correct posture for every task.
Take time to perform the task safely
Slow down! It is important to take your time and perform tasks safely. Cutting corners and taking risks causes injuries.
Ask for help
We're all in this together. If you need help with a task...ask for it! If you have a safety concern, report it!
Don't do it
You have the power to STOP before performing an unsafe activity. Always use the appropriate safety gear and personal protection equipment.
WSDOT is committed to strive for safe workplace environments including the reduction of workplace injuries. Each one of us contributes and is responsible for the safety of the agency and its employees. Building a safety culture requires focus on procedures and processes, as well as the attitudes and behaviors of all employees. Many employees have already adopted this culture on their own and have taken the initiative to identify hazards and their appropriate solutions.
Going beyond the prevention and elimination of injuries and illnesses in the workplace, we focus on WHAT following safety policies and procedures can do for you and its importance of WHY you do it.
Safety and Health Services
The Office of Human Resources and Safety Office assists the department to achieve its goal of creating a workplace where safety is a way of life by a variety of safety and heal services. At WSDOT, we believe that every accident is preventable and we incorporate this philosophy into every project and task through a combination of ongoing training programs, design and use of system tools that required us to recognize and control hazards and personal accountability. To learn more about WSDOT's Safety Program refer to the following site: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Safety/