“Welcoming employees with an assortment of gifts and activities help new hires get involved right out of the gate.”
“The way you manage the transition of somebody into your culture speaks volumes about the culture to the person coming in, because you’re making those first early impressions and they know what’s expected of them.”
Companies are realizing this philosophy is necessary, the article notes. It’s not just about the bottom line; the key is to make employees enthusiastic right from day one.
As Victoria Weinblatt of Leaf Group writes at the Houston Chronicle’s Chron.com, in “Gifts for a New Employee,”
“Entering the realm of the working world is a life-changing event.”
Make it easier with personal attention and a small gift. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, but a thoughtful “welcome to the team” gift might be just the thing to build your company’s reputation as a great place to work. Your next search for the best talent will likely be that much easier.
Vera Leigh, eHow contributor, adds: “New employee gifts make people feel welcome and appreciated on their first day of work. They also set the tone for the work environment and let people know that you are glad they have joined your staff,” in her article, “New Employee Gift Ideas.”
Here are some popular gift suggestions:
- Gift certificates or gift cards—preferably ones that enable employees to select their own items, shop at their store of choice and even share with their family.
- Desk goodie basket—healthy snacks as well as treats.
- Greeting card—a personal message from management and staff.
- Lunch—catered in a conference room, in the company cafeteria, or a local restaurant.
HR software company TribeHR, contributes a few more ideas in their “Make an Amazing Employee Welcome Package.”
- Put a small gift on new employees’ desks each day during their first week. Try a gift certificate or card on Monday, chocolates on Tuesday, fresh flowers on Wednesday, a cupcake from a local bakery on Thursday, and Friday, a coffee mug with your company’s name on it.
- If they’re new to the area, give them a stack of menus to popular local restaurants and coffee shops, and a bunch of brochures for local museums, theaters and other attractions.
You just spent $40 and did something your employees will always remember.
“Businesses spend tens of thousands of dollars a year or more on new hires, with the hope that they will become valued employees who add to the company’s success. It pays to do a few little, inexpensive things to welcome them aboard.”
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