Show new employees they made the right choice with onboarding kits.

You finally got that prized candidate to sign the dotted line and commit to your organization. It’s a match made in heaven, now all you have to do is sit back and reap the rewards of her incredible talent, right?


The fact of the matter is, even though your new recruit may have accepted your offer, she’s still evaluating your company. Onboarding is often when people decide if this is the job for them, or just a stop on the road. And they can make a decision quickly. A study by BambooHR found that 31% of people have quit a job in the first six months.

So what can you do to make a good impression on your first day?

It starts with onboarding kits

While new hires will surely have some idea what your company is about (or else they were the world’s smoothest liars in the interview process), they don’t really have the understanding that they will have.  Introduce them to your brand with items they’ll use on the job:

Cups, mugs and reusable bottles are always a hit – Everyone gets thirsty, but very few people remember to bring a mug from home on their first day. Ensure your latest recruit stays hydrated with a company mug or bottle.

Logoed clothes inspire pride – Hoodies, t-shirts and hats are a great way to say “welcome to the team.” And nothing makes you feel like you belong more than sharing the same uniform.

Computer bags take your brand on the go – If your employees have to take their computers home every night (or ever really), give them a branded bag for the trip. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and you’ll appreciate the brand exposure.

Headphones, you can never have too many headphones – In the modern office, headphones are practically a necessity. And many people are constantly breaking or misplacing theirs. Give your new hire access to his music with a quality pair of headphones.

Wellness gifts show you care – Send the message that good health is important to your organization with pedometers, heart rate monitors and exercise gear. Your new employees will appreciate your concern for their health.

Whatever you decide to include in your onboarding kits, make sure they’re things that reflect your organizational values and represent what you’re about. They’ll send the message to your new hires that they made the right choice, while simultaneously letting them know you value them and want them as part of your organization.