Welcome kits are an essential part of onboarding new employees to your team. Including branded gifts in your kits can encourage company loyalty, make new staff feel like they are part of the team, and be a great way to make a first impression!
Here are the top ten best welcome gifts for new employees:
1. Notebook and pen
3. Coffee mug
5. Reusable bag
6. Infusion drink bottle
7. Stationery set
8. Lunch box
10. Drawstring bag
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While these may be the most popular gifts to include in welcome kits for new employees, there is always room for creativity! There are some guidelines to follow to make sure your welcome gifts resonate with your new employees. Here are some things to keep in mind as you decide on which products to include as welcome gifts for your new employees.
Welcome kits are designed to help with new employee onboarding and to make the employee feel welcomed to the company. Including company branded products in your welcome kit for new staff will make employees feel like part of the team.
For the same reason fans wear uniforms to match their favorite team, employees at a company use branded products because they have a sense of pride in the company and they are unified to the team. Including branded welcome gifts for new employees will help them feel this sense of unity with the team right from the get-go.
Personalise your welcome gifts to match your brand
Of course you should customise your welcome gifts to match your brand logo, colors, and style. Furthermore, you should personalise your welcome gifts for new employees to match the role, company industry, and the team’s attitude.
Is your team very casual? Maybe choose to include a branded T-Shirt rather than a button-down. Will the new employee’s role require them to be on the road traveling often? Instead of a branded coffee mug, swap it for a travel mug. Does your company have a wellness program that encourages employees to be active outside? Include a branded cap to encourage participation in the company activities. Will your new team member be taking clients golfing often? Include a nice, branded polo shirt!
It’s important to customise your welcome gifts to be relevant and useful for the new employee.
Make sure the products you choose deliver core company values
The products you choose to welcome new employees to your company with should immediately introduce them to your values. If your company values sustainability, include a reusable water bottle in your welcome kit. If one of your core values is continual learning, maybe include a branded pen and notebook to encourage new employees to take notes.
Learn from the experts when choosing your welcome gifts
Companies all over the world, both large and small, have learned that welcome gifts contribute greatly to employee’s onboarding to a new role. If you need some inspiration, take a look at these companies who have put together welcome gifts for new employees:
While these larger companies have great examples of welcome kits, there are some more local experts we can learn from. For example, Prospa put together a great new welcome kit for their new team members and included some branded gifts. Read our case study on how Prospa completely transformed their welcome kit with branded gifts that encourages company loyalty.