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How to design a welcome kit for new team members


welcome kitThe first week is always a memorable time in a professional’s life. Some companies take great lengths to make their new employees welcome. Onboarding should be taken seriously by employers for several reasons:

  • The faster a new worker gets adjusted, then the faster they will start producing
  • The first few days is when an employee realizes if they’re a right fit for the job or not
  • The people who feel appreciated tend to stay around longer
  • The simple fact that being nice to someone else makes you feel good

There are several ways to acclimate a new hired person, some companies organize a lunch with the chairman while others simply show an explicative video, but we personally prefer the welcome kit.

welcome-kitsEmployee welcome kits

A welcome package is like a survival kit for the office – but cuter. It’s a present intended to give the new employer the tools and knowledge they need to get up and running in the new job as soon as possible.

Welcome kits vary greatly depending on the company and the industry. For example, agencies tend to be creative and take them very seriously, while other types of businesses may go down a more corporate route.

Some of the most common elements a welcome kit tends to have are:

  • Welcome Letter
  • HR Documents
  • Branded Merchandise
  • Map of the Company
  • Company’s mission and vision
  • Schedule for new hire orientation activities

welcome-kitsHow to design an employee welcome kit

In order to design an appropriate welcome kit there are several questions you need to ask:

  • What do we want the first impression of the company to be?
  • What does our new coworker need to know?
  • Are there any elements we use on a daily basis that we can facilitate?
  • What are our values as a brand and how can we communicate that through this package?

Once you’ve made up your mind about what it is you want people to find in their package, it’s time to contact a supplier. Some people worry that this may make the items look generic or too businessy, but you can always add a personal touch later, like a handwritten note, a picture of the team, or anything else your imagination might come up with.


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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