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Your First Month

Congratulations on getting your first month under your belt. By now you are feeling more comfortable on campus and confident in your position. Now is a good time to move past the basics and explore the full range of opportunities that are available to you as a USC employee.

Take Action

Now that you have received your first paycheck, it is a good time to go into Employee Self Service and take care of some important housekeeping items.

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Check the Accuracy of Your Pay Stub

Log into Employee Self Service. On the homepage select the "Payroll" tile. Then select the "Paychecks" tile. By clicking on your check date you will be able to see your electronic pay stub and the details of your paycheck.

Information on how to read your paystub and answers to common pay questions can be found on the My Payroll webpage.

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Elect to Receive Your Annual W2 Form Electronically

From the "Payroll" tile in Employee Self Service you can sign up to receive your W2 Form electronically. Select the "W2/W2c Consent" tile to provide your consent. Once you have given your consent it will remain in place from year to year, unless you return here to revoke it. When your W2 Forms are available each year, you will be able to access them through the Payroll tile on Employee Self Service.

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Elect to Receive Your Annual Form 1095C Electronically

The Form 1095C is another important tax document that you will receive each year. You can sign up to receive your 1095c Form electronically. To give your consent, start from the Employee Self Service home page and select the "Benefit Details" tile. Select the "1095C Consent" tile to receive this important document electronically each year.

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Keep Your Personal Information Current

From the Employee Self Service home page select the "Personal Details" tile. From here you can review and update your home and mailing addresses, your contact information, your ethnicity, your veteran status, and your emergency contact information. You can also provide voluntary self-identification of a disability.

You should review and update your personal information in Employee Self Service in the "Personal Details" tile on a regular basis, particularly if you change address or experience a significant life event.

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Finalize Your Annual Performance Expectations

Review and finalize your annual goal setting document with your manager. Staff should receive a completed EPMS Planning Stage during the first month of employment.

Onboarding Survey

Keep an eye out in Employee Self Service. Around 45 days of employment, an onboarding survey tile will be available. You will have 30 days to reflect on your onboarding experience. Let us know how we are doing.



Additional Action Items for Faculty

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Attend your first New Faculty Academy Session

All first-year full-time faculty members on the USC Columbia campus are eligible to participate in the New Faculty Academy.  NFA is a cohort-based program that offers a series of monthly workshops and gatherings throughout the academic year.

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Identify a Mentor in Your Department

A mentor will be able to provide you with guidance and support and provide feedback on your scholarly efforts, particularly in teaching and research.  They should meet with you regularly and help you understand the policies and procedures in your academic department and school or college.

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Review the Center for Teaching Excellence Website

The CTE offers Teaching Resources that provide valuable tools to help with preparation, teaching, and course assessment.


Learn More

Employees at USC have many opportunities to stay connected:

  • @USC Today eNewslettersubscribe to the USC newsletter. Subscribers can choose to receive three days per week (M/W/F), there is also a Friday only option.
  • Faculty and Staff GatewayFaculty and Staff Gateway can be used to access announcements, recent story content and frequently-used links that are specific to employees.
  • Campus Communicators – To see a list of Campus Communicators, including website administrators, in the Communications Brand Toolbox.
  • Social Media @ USC – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts to stay on top of some of the exciting things going on around campus.
  • Unit-specific newsletters and listservs across campus – There are a variety of newsletters and listservs within the campus community that employees must “opt in” to. This includes support units like Student Health Services, HR/OPD Training Listserv, University Libraries, CTE, as well as academic units. A popular communication newsletter is Inside Carolina

Through the State of South Carolina, the university's campus resources and community relationships, we have many discount opportunities for employees.


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