We've all heard the old adage saying that you only get one chance to make a first impression. No matter how many times we've listened to this nugget of wisdom, you have to admit it rings true and applies to employee onboarding.
A new and creative way of welcoming new employees made even more popular by the pandemic is new starter welcome packs, also known as welcome kits, onboarding packs or welcome boxes. Whatever you call it – the premise is still the same – they give your new employees a nice surprise arriving on their desk for their first day. (albeit in an office or home).
Properly onboarded employees have a 58% higher likelihood of staying in their jobs for 3+ years. Also, in a study by Glassdoor, they found that great employee onboarding can improve team retention by 82% and increase productivity by up to 70%.
Why are so many companies choosing welcome packs as part of their new employees' onboarding process?
- Great way to make new employees feel welcome, wanted and valued.
- Productive process to ensure new employees have all the information they need
- Adds value to your onboarding process and gives a great first impression
- Make them feel welcome
- Journey to work
- Eco desk pack
- Paperless office
- Meeting pack
- ID Starter pack
- Essential pack
- Bamboo pack
- In the field
So what should a welcome pack include?
Every business is different, so it's great to tailor a welcome pack to make it relevant to your brand and include items and information that are genuinely useful for your new starter or at least make them smile. Here are some great suggestions to show you the possibilities:
- Reusable water bottle
- Reusable coffee cup
- A sweet treat
- Keys/fob and lanyard ready for the office
- Laptop bag
- Info sheet – logins (e.g. computer, email, etc.)
- To-do list and agenda for their first day (e.g. meetings to have, what to set up)
Here are some unique welcome packs we've had the pleasure of putting together recently:
This is a favourite in call centres, especially when you recruit lots of newbies as it's kind on the budget and friendly on the earth.
There’s no getting lost in paperwork with this handy set! Ensure your new starters have a clear vision to be efficient with this ‘Paperless Office Pack.’ Includes; Screen Cleaner Mouse mat, Magnetic Memo Board, and 1GB Twister USB.
Help your new starter feel every inch the executive they are with the Everything Executive Pack. You are paying big bucks for your new exec, and you need a welcome pack that matches that, and that's exactly what these packs did!
Fuel for Thought Pack
We produced this set, packed up in boxes so they could be handed out on the first day of work. It's a pack that contains a pen, a tall latte style mug and a pot of jelly pots as a welcome gift.
Our client came to us to ask if we could produce a new starter pack made from sustainable products, we came up with this bamboo pack. We printed a welcome message on recycled card and filled a recycled cardboard box with sustainable packaging before posting directly to their new starters.
Didn't realise all the benefits of using onboarding packs as your recruitment process? Let us take care of it all and start to see the benefits to them as a company.
Our super team are always happy to help you out with visuals and samples, contact the team on 01623 636602 or contact us via the website, and we'll be in touch.