We’ve all heard the line, “you only get one chance to make a great first impression”. And it’s true in almost every setting, most specifically when it comes to onboarding a new employee. 

In this case, it rings true both ways. Of course, your new hire has one chance to make a great first impression, but you as the employer do as well! According to Thinkwise

  • Years of research shows us that effective onboarding can make or break a new hire – meaning it can help a new hire get acclimated into an organization and inspire motivation in the initial 90 days.
  • Companies lose up to one third of their new hires within the first year. However, there are many companies that succeed at retaining talent. In fact, organizations with dedicated budgets and formalized employee onboarding programs retain more than twice the talent. 
  • Never forget that you’re onboarding a human being who you want to get started doing the work that you hired them to do as quickly as possible. Therefore, employee onboarding should be organized, concise, and begin prior to their arrival on day one.

It’s pretty clear that effective onboarding can make or break a new employee’s experience, retention and overall happiness… ultimately boosting your bottom line.

One way to improve the new employee onboarding experience is to present new hire’s with welcome kits, filled with useful, branded gifts. Gifts can include:

  • A box of goodies for the office: notebook, pen, portable charger and coffee mug
  • Branded apparel: A baseball hat, quarter zip, vest or sweatshirt. Select apparel based on your dress code or company colors. 
  • Commuting goods: A backpack or laptop bag is one of our most popular new hire gifts! 
  • Gift certificate to a company store: Let the new hire select what they want, for example a YETI mug or branded Nike polo. 

These branded gifts can be presented to your new hire’s in a slew of different ways. For example:

  • Reconfirm the new hire’s decision to go with your company by sending them a welcome box as soon as they sign their offer letter. 
  • Set the tone for a positive experience on day one by having branded gifts ready at their desk. For example, branded items such as t-shirts, water bottles, and delicious goodies can go a long way on day one. 
  • Bolster their excitement with gift cards to your company store or opportunities to earn more branded gifts throughout their first 3, 6 or 12 months at the company. 

The benefits of providing new hires with branded gifts are worth your investment. Send us a message today to get started in creating your new employee onboarding program.