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Welcoming Your New Employees: Free Swag, the Buddy System, and More

Welcoming Your New Employees: Free Swag, the Buddy System, and More
From Recruiter - August 8, 2016

Today is your new hires first day on the job. Youve taken all of the usual steps to get ready for them, and you think youve prepared enough.

But are you welcoming your new employee in the best way possible? Thirty-three percent of employeesbegin looking for new employment within their first six months on the job. Get your employee engaged from day one, and you wont have to worry about that.

Weve come up with four innovative ways you can onboard your newhires to ensure theyre happy from the startnot looking to dart out the door as soon as they get the chance.

1. Free Stuff, Company Swag, and Treats

What better way to welcome your new addition to the team than with free company swag and various treats? Turn your brand new hire into a brand ambassador by decking them out with company gear!

The New York Times looked further into this gift-giving trend and found that glasses retailer Warby Parker offers a top-notch swag package that might inspire you:

Warby Parker provides a physical welcome packet on the desk of every new employee that includes a number of items important to company history: a copy of Jack Kerouacs Dharma Bums (because the company was named after Kerouac characters); an army supply notebook to take notes as the new employee learns about the company; gift certificates for a free eye exam, glasses for themselves, and another pair to give as a gift; Martins Pretzels because the four founders always ate them when starting the company; and a gift certificate to a Thai restaurant because, when the company was getting started in Philadelphia, the only place that was open late at night was a Thai restaurant.

Free stuff makes your employees happy, and companies with happy employees outperform their competitors by 20 percent. If you take it a step further by addingyour own unique twist to the giftslike the way Warby Parker doesyoull have an amazing opportunity for culture-building, too!

2. Assign Your New Employee a Designated Office Buddy

Givingyour new hire a buddy to confide in is a sure way to help that new employee acclimate to their new work environment. Have the appointed buddy give the new hire a walking tour of the office. Chances are the designated buddy who was once a new hire themselves will have a better idea about what new employees need to know than the HR department will.

As Drew Curi of Revel Marketing writes, Ideally, the buddy should have a similar position as the new hireor should have formerly held that position. That way, the buddy will be more in tune with the new hires needs at this stage.

We should also mention that56 percent of new hires say they want to have a buddy or mentor for their first week on the job, so theres a good chance that your new employees will love this tactic.

3.Dont Start on a Monday

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