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WEEK ONE
Requirements Checklist

This page includes actions that need to be taken on the new employee's first week at International Programs.

  1. Supervisor and employee print the Day One checklist
  2. Employee trains on Paycheck and travel voucher
  3. Employee creates signature block and learns about mail and voice mail procedures
  4. Employee learns more about International Programs
  5. Employee schedules appointment with Director
  6. Employee learns about Forest Service and USDA web resources
  7. Complete site feedback
 
Action items are color-coded:
Supervisor Action
New Employee Action
IP Staff Member Action
1. Supervisor and employee print the Day One checklist
Supervisor Action
  • Choose the Print command from the File Menu to create a printed copy of this checklist for your reference

Employee Action
  • Choose the Print command from the File Menu to create a printed copy of this checklist for your reference

2. Employee trains on paycheck and travel voucher

Employee Action
  • Schedule an appointment with our T&A contact (for FS) or METI liaison for a tutorial on how to fill in timesheets

Pay Information:

For FS employees: You will enter your work hours on a system called Paycheck at the end of every two weeks, detailing the time you worked each day. After being approved by your supervisor, the information is recorded into a database. There are 26 pay periods a year. Your first payday will be 10 days after the close of the pay period in which you start work.

For METI employees: You will log in via the Internet into the METI timesheet system, detailing the time you work each day. At the end of the week, you will electronically sign your timesheet, which will be approved by supervisors at METI. Create a file for your hardcopy originals.

3. Employee creates email signature block and learns about mail and voice mail procedures

Employee Action
  • Create an e-mail signature block in Lotus Notes with your name and a link to our website (http://www.fs.fed.us/global)
  • Meet with receptionist to learn about mail procedures

The receptionist will be able to help you with this, but here are a few things to note.

  • There are several types of outgoing and incoming domestic and international mail: regular mail via United States Postal Service, Federal Express and DHL.
  • For local outgoing mail, you can ask the receptionist to help you call a courier--you will need the recipient's name, address and phone number.
  • Most of your mail will be either placed in your cubicle (for FEDEX, DHL and Courier) or in the mail room in your slot.
  • Most mailing supplies are found in the back room of the mail room. The receptionist also keeps FEDEX and DHL slips.

4. Employee learns more about International Programs

During the first week, you should learn more about International Programs.  Ask your supervisor to answer any questions you may have about our office.

Employee Action

While familiarizing yourself with the above resources, pay attention to the following areas:

  • Our Mission
  • The IP competencies/corporate culture
  • How we work
  • Our partners-domestic and international
  • Our audience
  • Where we work (regional programs)
  • What we work on (program areas)
  • Our services
  • The roles of the different staff units
  • Our relationship to the rest of the Forest Service
  • How others can work with us
  • Our Outreach materials (ask for a tour of Stella to view our materials)

5. Employee gets oriented with the Computer

Employee Action

Discuss with Supervisor or IP staff person that handles set up.

Logins - passwords

    • computerLotus Notes
    • Database(s)
  • Overview of computer system: public filing on k drive, introduce employee to his/her folder on the k drive.
  • Laptops and palm policies/procedures
  • Printers
  • Intranet

6. Employee schedules appointment with Director

All new employees are encouraged to meet formally with the Director twice. The first meeting should be scheduled during his/her second or third week, while the second meeting should be six months later. This is a great opportunity for the Director to learn about you, and for you to gain a deeper understanding of the Director's expectations of you as a staff member of IP.

Employee Action
  • Schedule a meeting with the Director

7. Employee learns about Forest Service and USDA web resources

Employee Action

8. Complete site feedback
Supervisor Action
  • What was your experience with the Day One checklist?  What was helpful or effective?  What was missing or could be improved?  Email the NEO Team and let us know!  Thanks!
Employee Action
  • What was your experience with the Day One checklist?  What was helpful or effective?  What was missing or could be improved?  Email the NEO Team and let us know!  Thanks!

Congratulations! You have completed the Week One checklist and are ready to move on to the next stage.


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