New HR website launches, aims to engage employees

Human Resources launches a new website to help create a more engaging, user-friendly experience for Washington University faculty, staff, clinical fellows and postdoctoral research appointees.

Explore the site which features resources, benefits and tools to help you tHRive, both personally and professionally.

The new site’s re-vamped structure and content are based on employee feedback, website and communication analytics, research on best practices and an ongoing focus on providing employees with relevant information and programming. Content will continue to evolve in this new format.

As you navigate through the site, you will  see an emphasis on people. Our HR vision states, “Washington University Human Resources will be a strategic partner in delivering the university’s missions through an unwavering focus on the people who make it great.” HR is committed to supporting the dedicated employees of this university. To carry out the vision, HR established new goals, including engaging employees in the university’s missions, attracting and retaining diverse top talent, developing leaders and managers and building an inclusive, strong university culture.

“When developing the new site, it was important that we embraced staff and created a hub for a positive employee experience at WashU. Staff stories, photos and profiles will showcase our diverse community and connect employees to programming developed to empower and support people,” said Amanda Pope, HR communications and engagement manager. 

Each section has new content and features to make finding resources more interactive and user-friendly.


To attract top talent and help you navigate the transfer and promotion process, the Careers section includes highlights on working at WashU, featured positions and details on transferring positions at the university.


WashU benefits help you and your family live a healthy life, gain assistance for education and save for a strong financial future. The site makes learning about your valuable benefits easy and accessible. Benefits are grouped by health, tuition and retirement savings. Find benefit tools and resources to help you learn which options are best for you and your family, including the ALEX benefit education and myUHC tools. To enhance customer service, the vendor contact information is on each benefit page. Vendors can help with plan questions and some have dedicated Washington University representatives, such as the TIAA. You can also walk through your benefits with the virtual benefit counselor, ALEX,  available 24/7.

Learn & Develop

Your professional growth and development is important to an enriching career at Washington University. A re-vamped “Learn and Develop” section helps you navigate your career and explore professional, career and leadership development opportunities. The new calendar allows you to easily search and register for courses. In July, Human Resources launched expanded career development resources and a new leadership development program. This new site highlights the key learning and development opportunities to prepare you for work that matters.


The new “Engage” section highlights appreciation events and community activities to celebrate and connect employees. As a WashU employee, you are a part of a vibrant campus and St. Louis community. The site is structured by “Appreciation Events”, “WashU Centric Perks” and “St. Louis Signature Events” to make it easy to find ways to engage with colleagues and enjoy the campus and city. This section brings to life part of what makes working in the WashU environment unique. It embraces employees coming together in a positive way, from attending an award ceremony to cheering on a local sports team. Explore the perks and events.


A healthy work-life balance is important. Resources include family-care, the Work-Life Solutions program and Wellness Connection.


An enhanced manager section provides resources to help managers effectively manage and lead teams and foster a positive and productive work environment.

Policies and Forms

The policies, employee handbooks and regulatory postings are displayed in user-friendly, searchable format.


Meet the HR team, learn about the HR vision and goals and find information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

About the WashU Sites Template

The HR site is part of the new WashU Sites university wide, brand-aligned theme.  The theme is a collaboration of efforts from Public Affairs team members from Danforth and the School of Medicine. University wide support from Public Affairs and WashU IT helped HR develop the site, placing an emphasis on a strong university brand, web accessibility and user-friendly templates.  

What’s Ahead

The new site puts an emphasis on the people that help this university succeed. Look for stories and profiles that highlight our valuable staff.

We want your feedback. Your insight and feedback guide and inform HR communications, events and programming. The new site provides a stronger platform to engage employees in ongoing feedback.

The site will continue to evolve and grow to be a hub for a positive employee experience.