Do you remember your first day on the job?

I think I can speak for most of us when I say it’s often awkward and stressful being the new kid on the block. But companies can help make the transition smoother with welcome gifts for new employees!

Personalize a new hire welcome kit

First of all, start with a durable bag. I recommend using a custom drawstring bag printed with your company’s name and logo. Employees can keep these lightweight bags handy or reuse them later for other purposes.

Drawstring bags are very inexpensive. You can purchase 50 of our bestselling, personalized Polyester Drawstring Bags for about $110. Delivery is free!

The items you include in your welcome package for new employees should reflect your company culture and creativity. They should also make sense for your type of business and the jobs you are filling.

Items for your employee welcome package

New Hire Welcome Kit Contents

  • Employee handbook. If you have multiple buildings, include a map.
  • Welcome letter with brief company history
  • Office supplies, if applicable, such as custom pens and notebooks
  • Tumblers, water bottles or travel mugs printed with the company name and logo
  • Lanyards that can be worn in the building or when working offsite
  • Starbucks gift card
  • Snacks
  • Branded blankets
  • Flash drives
  • Stress balls

Off-the-wall gifts

Looking for something with a little more zing? Mark Nicholson, vice president of marketing at Nice Job, suggests filling welcome bags with an Amazon gift card; a “Wild Card” coupon for one day off, no questions asked; or a small, desk cactus.

“These are a few examples I’ve come across or heard of in the past,” Nicholson said.

His ideas are meant to show appreciation and introduce the company’s brand and culture, he said.

One of his more unique welcome bag ideas is a Monopoly game hack: a “Get Out of Jail” card. It has no real power, of course, other than generating smiles.

“I included it as a novelty item, but also thought it could put some people at ease,” Nicholson said.

Breaking the ice

drawstring bags

The ultimate goal of employee welcome bags is to make newbies feel like part of the team their very first day. Other advice: Don’t leave new employees stewing at their desk for eight hours; give them a tour and introduce them to the rest of the staff. Most of all, don’t forget to show them where the restroom and break rooms are located!

Spend a little, save a lot

wearing drawstring bag

Companies who treat their workers well from Day One are more likely to keep them longer. Employee retention can save a company thousands of dollars each year in hiring and training costs. Happy employees will speak positively about their experience and consequently increase the company’s pool of job candidates.

In a nutshell, making a good impression on new employees is crucial to a company’s success. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about your current employees! We have lots of customized items such as cell phone accessories and flying discs that can be used as holiday gifts, staff awards and giveaways at corporate events.

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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