Make New Employees Welcome with the Right Gift

It’s people that are an organization’s greatest asset. So make sure new recruits feel valued from the moment they agree to join the company. In addition to ensuring a warm and friendly atmosphere, there are few more thoughtful ways to welcome a newcomer than via a well-chosen gift with a handwritten note.

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The first week in an unfamiliar workplace is crucial for both a new recruit and the company they’re joining.

The first week in an unfamiliar workplace is crucial for both a new recruit and the company they’re joining. For the nervous joiner, it’s an introduction to an unknown culture and new colleagues. For the employer, it might be the happy outcome of the search to fill a key position or build a new team. Whatever the circumstances, both parties will be keen to make a good impression.

Start the Welcome Before Day One
Be mindful that this may be a new recruit’s first experience of the city, or a step up to a more demanding role, or even a change of career. Establish contact before their start date by means of an occasional warmly worded email offering useful information such as background reading, a map of the area, or an organizational chart.

Smart companies understand that thoughtful welcome gifts say a lot about a company’s culture and values. ©GETTY IMAGES

Seamless integration into an organization helps with long-term staff retention, so make new hires feel part of the team right from the start. This was confirmed by the 2013 study by the Aberdeen Group that showed how companies with an engaging onboarding program retained 91% of their first–year workers.

Premium gifts speak volumes about a company’s culture and core values, and go a long way to helping new staff feel that they made the right decision.

Make It Personal
In any organization, large or small, the onboarding process requires a certain degree of paperwork and induction sessions—this makes the personal touch all the more important, so show them appreciation from their first day. Placing a handwritten note on a new colleague’s desk sends an immediate signal that this is a place where staff members are valued. The modern working environment is characterized by utilitarian screens and keyboards, so make it more human by putting together an “onboarding package” containing thoughtful essentials, and include aesthetic unisex gifts with a hint of crystal sparkle, such as an elegant ballpoint pen and notebook, a paperweight, or a bookmark. Premium gifts speak volumes about a company’s culture and core values, and go a long way to helping new staff feel that they made the right decision.



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