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New employee welcome package

Welcome packages get employees acquainted with their new role and workplace. You can send new hires a welcome pack before their start date to show them you are excited for their arrival. Or, give them a pleasant surprise on their first day at work by leaving an onboarding kit on their desks.

New employee welcome packages serve a dual purpose:

  • They give new hires necessary resources for their job.
  • They help set the stage for a successful first day at work.

New employee welcome package

Create packages with helpful information about your company. Also, include items that embody your company culture to help your new hire feel like a part of the team.

Here’s a new employee welcome package checklist to help you onboard new hires:

Informative paperwork and guides

Start with the basics that new hires should know about your company and your people. Provide information that will help new employees acclimate in their new workspace and save them from asking potentially uncomfortable questions (e.g. “Where is the bathroom?” or “Where I can find the HR Manager and what’s their name?”) Here’s what to include:

  • HR forms, like:
    • Employment contract
    • Benefits forms
    • Emergency contact form
    • Confidentiality agreements
    • Company policies acknowledgement
    • Agendas for new hire’s first day and first week at work
  • Organizational chart
  • Office map
  • An employee directory, including each employee’s:
    • Phone number
    • Email
    • Username on company messaging app
  • A guide with local hotspots, including nearby:
    • Cafes
    • Restaurants
    • Gyms

Useful material and tools

Give new employees practical items that they’ll use on a daily basis. Also, think proactively and gather resources that will help them complete their first tasks (e.g. a company software guide.) These items could be:

  • IT hardware, including:
    • Laptop
    • Monitor
    • Mouse
    • Keyboard
    • USB stick
  • Security items to allow access to the building, including:
    • Entrance token
    • Keys and locks
    • Employee ID
    • Parking card
  • Stationery, including:
    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Post-it notes
    • Notebook
    • Company stickers
  • Manuals about:
    • Computer setup
    • Proper use of office equipment
    • Company software

Personalized items

Offer thoughtful, customized items to give new employees a warm welcome. These items can speak volumes of your culture and show that you are excited for your new hire’s arrival. Here’s what to offer:

  • Welcome letter. For a more personal touch, consider making this a handwritten note. It could come from:
    • the hiring manager;
    • the company CEO; or,
    • new hire’s team members.
  • Branded merchandise, like:
    • A coffee mug
    • A water bottle
    • A T-shirt or hoodie
  • Nameplate
  • Business cards
  • Welcome gift. This can be relevant to the new hire’s team’s culture, or something that might be useful. Here are some ideas:
    • Books
    • Headphones
    • Gift cards

Related: New employee welcome email

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