NetIDs are used to access many campus applications and services like My UW-Madison, Web Enrollment, Office 365. New UW-Madison employees can activate their NetID's prior to their start date using the 12-digit Activation Key assigned to them by their HR or payroll staff.
The Early NetID Activation for New Hires process allows UW-Madison employees, POIs, and anybody listed within HRS to activate their NetID and core UW IT services prior to their job start date. Once an HR professional enters a new employee/person in JEMS/HRS and the employee Emplid has been generated along with a complete job record, the HR professional enters the Emplid in the Early Activation module in MyUW, which they will get access to once authorized. This action generates a NetID Activation Key that HR staff send to the new hire. With the NetID Activation Key, the new employee is able to activate his/her NetID.
Note that even if this process is followed, the new employee/POI is NOT allowed to get a Wiscard until after the job effective start date.
Click here to see the activation instructions the New Hire's will see: