When you hire a new starter, you’re always keen to make their transition as smooth as possible. Inevitably, there are the logistical matters to deal with, but what’s special, and can make a huge difference to their initial experience of your business, is offering them a warm welcome to the team. The first few days in a new job can be tough, so a small gesture can go a long way in making someone feel part of a team straight away.
Branded promotional items are ideal for softening those first day nerves, and they’re often unexpected. But if you want your gift to really stand out, there are a few things to consider.
Every forward-thinking organisation has a brand identity to uphold, and items gifted, and used, by team members should reflect this identity as well as being valued and useful. An offering should be more than a last minute, thrown together item that is likely to end up in the back of a cupboard, or worse still, landfill. You want to create a good first impression, and an innovative welcome pack is a wonderful way of doing so.
If you want to make a real statement, your gifting should tick a few boxes.
- Ensure that your product is reusable. Both organisations and individuals are keener than ever to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic, so opt for reusable items when possible.
- Choose something practical. Ideally, you want it to be used regularly rather than add to a cluttered desk.
- Make your brand visible. If the item is away from the office, ensure it improves your brand awareness.
- Is it desirable? Choose something quirky and stand-out that your employee would purchase themselves.
- Opt for a valued gift; something that makes your employee feel appreciated.
Next up, it’s time to select a gift. With many employees working remotely, this can be a great opportunity to brighten up a home-based work station with a desktop gift. Even if you have in-house or hybrid workers, small desktop items are a lovely addition.
Pens, notepads, Post-Its, and other office-related accessories are a practical choice that serve a purpose and help newcomers to feel part of the business right away.
For a more unusual welcome gift, a branded desktop garden is a unique and beautiful option for prioritising the wellbeing of your employees and brightening their work stations. Plants are proven mood-boosters; they reduce stress, and boost creativity and productivity. They’re also a great way of bringing a bit of the outdoors into a working environment.
With a soil tablet and seed balls, and full instructions included, your recipient will take this precious gift into their care and watch as it blossoms before them.
These small garden tubes will fit on any desk with ease without adding to clutter. They’re also low maintenance and easy to manage.
You’ll also impress environmentally aware employees as they are made from part recycled aluminium, thus ensuring their sustainability.
Further embellish welcome packs with exciting, functional items that can be used on a daily basis. If you’re stuck for ideas, why not add a Mini Calendar for optimal efficiency, the oh-so-essential coffee mug, and a Jellybean Kraft Cube or branded chocolate brownie?
Whether working remotely or in the office, create a genuine connection and make newcomers feel valued with a unique branded welcome pack.
A small gesture can carry a heap of great benefits.