Your First Week

As you start your career in the BC Public Service, you're taking responsibility for your work and actions, reflecting the ongoing dedication and excellence of the public service. You're the face of government to citizens who you encounter throughout the province. Therefore, it's every employee’s responsibility to treat the public with respect and consideration.

Government Essentials

Ethics, Rights & Obligations

Ethics & Standards of Conduct

The Standards of Conduct require that public service employees exhibit the highest standards of conduct. In becoming an employee and taking the Oath of Employment, you're accountable for your workplace behaviour to the elected representatives of the Crown, as represented by the government of the day. You're expected to uphold the tradition of trust and service that is a hallmark of the public service. Your conduct must not bring the BC Public Service into disrepute. Failure to comply with these standards may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Familiarize yourself with Ethics and the Standards of Conduct and what your responsibilities are. If you have any questions about the Standards of Conduct, speak with your supervisor.

Oath of Employment

As a new employee, you're required to take an Oath of Employment. Learn more about the Oath of Employment and how to complete it.

The Human Rights Code

The Human Rights Code is applicable to all British Columbians and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age.

The Human Rights Code also prohibits discrimination in:

  • Accommodation, service and facility
  • Purchase of property
  • Tenancy premises
  • Employment advertisements
  • Wages
  • Unions and associations

See the Human Rights Code for more information. 

The BC Public Service is committed to protecting human rights in the workplace and has a policy in place to protect those rights. The government of British Columbia, in cooperation with its unions and associations, ensures that the work environment is free from discrimination and harassment and that all employees are treated with respect and dignity. This includes providing reasonable accommodations for employees who have a disability.

Preventing Discrimination

Discrimination occurs if a distinction is made based on the areas outlined in the Human Rights Code that imposes burdens, obligations or disadvantage that are not imposed on others.

Talk to your manager or a human resources adviser if you feel an act of discrimination has taken place. For more information on how to prevent discrimination, attend a discrimination prevention workshop.


Harassment is any unwelcome conduct or comment based on any of the areas specified in the Human Rights Code that has a negative impact on you or your work environment. This might include:

  • Unwelcome remarks, jokes or innuendo
  • Verbal abuse, intimidation or threats
  • Offensive pictures, graffiti, cartoons or sayings
  • Offensive emails, texts or instant messages

You can do your part by refraining from any of these behaviours, by challenging inappropriate or harassing behavior and by speaking to your manager when you believe you or someone else is being harassed.

Respectful Workplace

We all have the right to work in an environment that is respectful and a responsibility to treat everyone at work with consideration. A respectful workplace

  • Is inclusive
  • Values diversity
  • Clearly communicates expectations around behaviour
  • Promotes employee health and safety
  • Provides resources and training to resolve disputes
  • Strives for improvement
  • Has open channels of communication

Your Government IDIR ID

What is an IDIR?

Your IDIR is the unique identifier you use to log on to your workstation and to access many government applications, including Employee Self Service, where your leave and pay information is located, and AskMyHR, where you can get answers for a variety of questions related to your employment.

Your branch administrator or supervisor will let you know your IDIR ID and your temporary password on or near your first day of work. You'll have to change this password when you log on to your workstation for the first time.

It's recommended that you restart your computer after logging on for the first time. After you've successfully rebooted and logged back on to your workstation, you'll have to validate your IDIR.

Validating Your IDIR

If you’re new to the BC Public Service, you can’t validate your IDIR in the Time and Pay portal on your first day of work. This delay won’t affect your pay. You can log onto your workstation with your IDIR. You can also validate your IDIR in the Time and Pay portal on your second day of work or any day afterwards.

Follow these steps:

  • Start at the Time & Pay Portal
  • Click on the Self Service (PeopleSoft) tab and launch the application by clicking the icon in the middle of the window 
  • Click on Click here to begin ESS Validation
  • Enter your six digit employee number and use the drop-down calendar to enter your date of birth
  • Click Submit. You should get a response that says, "You have successfully validated your IDIR"
  • Wait 30 minutes
  • Go back to Employee Self Service. When you launch the application this time you will be taken to the icons to view your pay, and other features
  • If you don't see the icons, go to the Time & Pay Portal, click on the Self Service (PeopleSoft) tab and follow the instructions in the yellow box to clear your cache

You'll now have access to most government websites, but there are a few that'll take an overnight refresh before you'll be able to access them, such as the Learning Centre and the Hiring Centre. If you get any errors during this process, contact AskMyHR.