The First Week

Meet with your supervisor

When you arrive, either your supervisor or a "welcome buddy" will meet you. They will:

  • Take you on a tour of the building to find out where things are
  • Introduce you to other staff on your team and in your division
  • Chat with you about office culture like casual Fridays, social clubs, regular meetings, or workstyle and workspace etiquette/expectations

Your supervisor will also review the plan for your first week and discuss:

At the end of the day, follow up with your supervisor to discuss how the day went. Be sure to mention if there's anything you need.

Get the tools you need to do your job

Your supervisor will make sure that you get:

  • A building pass and office keys
  • A laptop or computer and a phone
  • A printer key fob
  • Business cards
  • Office supplies

These items may not be ready on day one. Your supervisor can find out if there will be wait times.

Log in with your IDIR




Your IDIR is an ID and password you use to log in to work devices and applications. Your supervisor will give you an IDIR and temporary password. When you log in for the first time, you'll need to change your password. Once you're logged in, you can:

  • Check out folders and documents on the local area network (LAN)
  • Visit internal websites
  • Check your email
  • Add key dates to your calendar (remind your supervisor to forward meeting invites)

Validate your IDIR on your second day of work. Some government applications require you to validate your IDIR.

  • Go to the Time & Pay portal > Self Service (PeopleSoft) tab > Choose the icon in the middle of the window > Select "click here"
  • Enter your employee number and birth date, then click "submit"
  • Wait 30 minutes and then return to Employee Self Service – you should see more menu options and features. If not, you can try to clear your cache. Go to the Time & Pay portal > Self Service (PeopleSoft) tab > Find the yellow box with instructions to clear your cache
  • Some applications require an overnight refresh before you can access them. If you get errors accessing any sites, submit a service request: AskMyHR > Myself (or) My Team or Organization > HR Software Systems Support > Other HR Technology Issues

Check out websites

Review the B.C. Government website, your ministry website, and your ministry intranet. A few other sites that you'll want to check out include:

  • @Work: An internal website for employees. Add or update your profile by clicking the drop-down menu in the top right corner. Spend a bit of time looking through conversations and articles on the site
  • MyHR: Find HR information, resources, and services for the BC Public Service
  • My Service Centre: Get the technology you need to help you do your job
  • Outlook web app that allows you to access your email and calendar from a mobile device

Create your profile

Every employee has a profile to make it easier to connect with others across government. Make sure your contact information is current.

You may also want to remind your supervisor to add you to any distribution lists.

Know how to stay safe

During your tour of the building and workplace, you'll receive instructions on how to stay safe in an emergency. You should also take some time to review general health and safety standards for the workplace.

You should also find out who your ethics advisor is in case you need to talk to someone about ethical concerns or inappropriate behaviour.

Finish some essential paperwork

Forms are listed by topic below.

Complete each one and then submit it using AskMyHR > Myself (or) My Team/Organization > Submit a Form or Document.

If you don't have access to AskMyHR, follow the instructions on each form to submit it manually.

Find out more about how to submit paper copies of the forms.

If you were hired as a regular appointment Bargaining Unit employee (member of a union), complete your benefits forms using Employee Self Service. If you were hired as a regular appointment excluded employee (not a member of a union), complete your benefits forms, all of which are available on MyHR.

Additional information related to benefits eligibility, how to enrol, and when coverage begins is available on either the Benefits for Bargaining Unit Employees or Benefits for Excluded Employees pages. Please review all of the information to ensure that you enrol in the benefits options available to you within the enrolment period.

If you're a new Bargaining Unit employee, you need to authorize payment of your union dues as part of a Collective Agreement.

Public servants use Collective Agreements and Ethics & Standards of Conduct to guide how they work. They're committed to delivering government services, programs and policies in ways that maintain and enhance the trust and confidence of British Columbians.


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