Think back to your first day at a new job. You probably felt excited, but also nervous about doing well and fitting in with your coworkers. If your new manager made an effort to welcome you to the team, you likely remember their kindness.
Giving new employees gifts can make them feel included. In a 2018 survey, employees who received gifts held a positive opinion of their employer and felt more connected and loyal to their work. Giving gifts shows that a company is excited to have a new person on board and that, as an organization, you care for your employees. When you choose the right gifts that represent your company’s culture, new employees will remember the gesture long after. Then, make sure to present your gift at the right time.
If you’re unsure which gifts to give new employees, here are 5 ideas to help you get started.
1. Stainless Steel Bottles
There’s a reason stainless steel water bottles seem to be everywhere. Due to their double wall construction and vacuum insulation, a bottle will keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours. It also prevents condensation, which can be annoying if you keep your water bottle handy on your desk. Many come with handles or grips for easy portability. Your employee can bring it to the office, the gym, and on outdoors adventures.
Stainless steel water bottles are more environmentally-friendly than plastic water bottles. If environmental causes are important to your organization, this is a great way to share that message with a new hire. Plus, they’re pretty easy to customize with a logo and colors. Even if your new employee doesn’t drink coffee or tea, it can serve as a reminder to drink more water throughout the day.
2. T-Shirts and Apparel
When it comes to gifts and even promotional materials, the more high quality and usable the material, the more likely people are to keep it and use it. A new employee will appreciate a handy item they can wear, such as a branded polo they can wear to networking events or client meetings. Other apparel items like hoodies or jackets are a great way to keep employees warm in those perpetually chilly offices.
3. Coffee Mugs
Even if your new employee isn’t a coffee drinker, a coffee mug can be a great welcoming gift. Not only will it have the company logo on it, but it gives them something they can bring to the company kitchen or use for pens on their desk. A fun addition would be to personalize the mug if it goes into a shared kitchen cabinet, so everyone knows which mug is theirs!
4. Branded Backpacks and Laptop Bags
Giving new employees branded backpacks or laptops can help them carry their new work materials and show a little company pride. These are some of the most popular new employee gifts, as they are useful and prevent employees from needing to purchase their own bags. Stylish, functional backpacks are great for employees who commute in every day and sleek laptop bags are a great way to keep a company laptop safe.
5. Branded Notebook and Pen
Your new employee will most likely want to jot down quick notes during their first few days, even if they primarily work on a computer or laptop. Anticipate their needs with a practical notebook and pen, branded with your company logo, graphics or colors. While they’re toting their notebook and pen to and from the office, your company’s brand will be visible to potential customers.
Why Do Employee Gifts Matter?
The purpose of new employee gifts is to make new hires feel welcome and enthusiastic about joining your team. This small gesture will go a long way in helping employees feel valued, and the practice of gift-giving will elevate your company’s culture. Gift-giving is also a great addition to the on-boarding process, where you pass along essential information and processes. That first day can be overwhelming, so a gift to break the ice can make it all much more exciting for a new hire.