The first day at any new job can be a bit intimidating. New people, new desk, new task list. On top of the first day jitters, there’s also a seemingly endless stack of paperwork and little opportunity to feel like part of the team.
Many organizations offer welcome gifts as part of the onboarding process. This helps new employees feel more welcome and emphasizes company culture. According to a recent study, "employees who feel their rewards meet their needs are seven times more likely to be engaged with work than employees who don’t." These rewards don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, and they can help a new employee feel at home right away. Here are some of the best new employee welcome gift ideas.
Lunch with Colleagues
It takes some time to find the best local restaurants when you’re starting work in a new area. It’s even harder to find a friend who wants to eat together on your first day on the job. By offering lunch with a few select colleagues, you can help your new hire make acquaintances with his or her coworkers. They can offer a bit of friendly advice about the company, and lunch is a relatively inexpensive way to say “thank you” and “we’re glad you’re here.”
If lunch isn’t an option or you would like something a little more flexible, consider a gift card for your employee’s first day. This might be a card to a nearby restaurant, a local office supply store, or the nearest coffee joint. It’s a small gesture that can really make a new employee feel more at home.
Beverage Mug or Tumbler
Nothing says “I belong here” like a personalized mug or tumbler. A good insulated mug is perfect for hot coffee or tea in the mornings. A tumbler is a better fit for water or colder beverages in the afternoon. If in doubt, why not buy both? You can have the items personalized with the company logo or employee’s name for a little extra “oomph.”
Tee or Polo with Corporate Logo
Logo merchandise is great for marketing, sure, but it’s also a great way to make your employees feel more like a team. A tee or polo is the perfect way to welcome the new person to the office. Better yet, encourage everyone to wear their corporate apparel on casual Friday or company outings.
Bag or Briefcase
Everyone needs a quick way to stash their stuff when commuting to and from work. For the more polished professional, a briefcase may be perfect. More laidback offices might prefer a canvas tote or laptop bag instead. If you have a larger budget, you can place a few smaller gifts inside the bag for the employee to discover later.
Charger or Flash Drive
Technology is a huge part of any office environment nowadays, but there’s nothing worse than a dead battery or misplaced files. Almost any employee will appreciate a spare charger, whether it’s for their phone, laptop, or tablet. A flash drive is a perfect gift idea, especially if portable data storage is a concern.
When you’re trying to find the perfect gift for your new employee, it’s best to think creatively. Consider things you would want if you were new to the office. You should also consider the work environment and task list. What would make your employee feel like part of the team? What would make his or her work easier? Any of the gift ideas above would be a great place to start your search.