Proper employee onboarding is an incredibly important task for business success. New employees typically decide within the first few months whether they’re going to stay long-term, and that’s key because replacing an employee can cost twice that person’s annual salary. Business owners want to hire the right people, and then they want to do all they can to retain them.
According to research from Harvard Business Review, two key ways to promote employee retention are to assign them an “onboarding buddy” and having their manager meet with them one-one-one during the first week.
To help new employees want to stay with the company, it’s important to help them feel welcome and like they’re important parts of the team. As you’re working on how to onboard team members, here’s a great added bonus you can use to share with new hires during one-one-one meetings: welcome kits full of company swag and other promotional items that will help them feel wanted and part of the team while also building pride in the company.
What might a new-employee welcome kit include?
Company T-shirt or other branded apparel. In the Pacific Northwest, one’s wardrobe can never have too many T-shirts. Promotional T-shirts are great for wearing around the house, for hiking Oyster Dome, for painting the back porch and even as employee uniforms for work. High-quality branded shirts like this 100-percent ring-spun cotton option from Port & Company not only will look great on your employees but help build brand loyalty and recognition, too. You might also want to consider the value of employee uniforms.
Branded coffee mug and/or water bottle. This 25-ounce aluminum water bottle would make a great choice, especially around Bellingham and Whatcom County, where people make wonderful use of water bottles. With a screw-on, spill-resistant sip-top lid and easy carry handle, this promotional water bottle is safe for use around the office or out on the road. It comes in a number of great colors to fit your brand, and the stainless steel design will leave a classy impression with new employees (and the people they meet).
A USB drive, pen, notebook and/or other items useful for work. When it comes to promotional items, the ones we appreciate most tend to be the ones that are most useful. Think about the things your employees use most for work and consider giving them as gifts to boost productivity and morale around the office. These USB drives might be a great place to start.
Bonus: As noted in the headline, all of the promotional gifts for employees on this list not only would be great for new employees but also for burgeoning business relationships in Whatcom County. Did your Bellingham business ink a new deal with a supplier or cement some other new business-to-business relationship in Lynden? Put all of these items together in an appreciation kit. You’ll make a great impression with these B2B gift ideas!
For more ideas like this, give us a call at Laserpoint Awards & Promotional Solutions or drop by our showroom on Kelly Road in Bellingham. We’re happy to help.