Onboarding KITs to Welcome New Team Members

Posted by KIT Team on Wed, March 10


Happy and satisfied employees perform better and stay longer. How can you begin promoting a positive culture within your company at the very beginning of an employee’s tenure? Invest in your new team members immediately with customized onboarding KITs to welcome them into your organization. Saying welcome with a classy gift KIT says something about your company and its priorities. Valuing your team members is a long-term investment into the health and success of your business. 

But how do you build the ultimate onboarding KIT to welcome new team members? What should be included? How do you decide? KIT by USP makes gifting and fulfillment simple and fast. Choose from our pre-made KITs or build your own custom KITs from our store. Everything features your company brand and we can even design special packaging. 

Use this handy guide for building onboarding KITs to welcome new team members. 


Know Your New Team Members 

The first step to onboarding new team members is getting to know them. Provide a questionnaire for them to complete as part of the hiring process. Take care to only ask for appropriate information that does not violate employee privacy rights. An attorney can advise you more in this matter. 

Common information to ask is shirt sizes, favorite colors, favorite hobbies, marital status, favorite pets, known allergies, and any professional affiliations. While this information may seem generic, it can provide helpful fodder as you create onboarding KITs for each new team member. Personalized KITs can include: 

  • Favorite snacks
  • Correctly-sized apparel 
  • Custom hobby items
  • Items for use at home/with family 
  • Sports-themed items
  • Custom pet-related items
  • Gift cards to favorite restaurants

You may also choose to create a generic branded KIT for each new team member that is not personalized in any way. This can simplify the entire process, and you can still create valued onboarding KITs that represent your company well. However, even the smallest personal touches can elevate the value of the gesture considerably.

Equip New Team Members to be Successful

You want your new team members to be successful with your company, so equip them from the start with what they need. As their employer, it is your responsibility to see that they are equipped and provided with everything necessary to carry out their assigned tasks. Many office items are typically supplied by employees; wouldn’t it be a pleasant surprise to receive those items from the company on day one? 

While necessary team member equipment can include larger items like computers, desks, chairs, and smartphones, even smaller items can prepare them for work and express your willingness to help them succeed. Depending on their role and responsibilities, some helpful items could include: 

  • Desk KIT 
  • Tumbler/Water bottle/Coffee mug
  • Message board
  • Business card holder
  • Stapler
  • Pencil holder
  • Calculator
  • Scented candle
  • Charging pad
  • Notebooks/Journals
  • Pens 
  • Memory stick
  • Wall charger 

Make New Team Members Feel at Home

In addition to branded office and work supplies, make new team members feel at home with some personal comforts and amenities. The team member’s work environment and responsibilities will bear on what types of gifts to include in this area, but some suggestions would include: 

  • Backpack or tote
  • Lunch bag or cooler
  • Travel case
  • Laptop sleeve or cover
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Earbuds w/charging case
  • Scented candle or diffuser
  • Face masks
  • Wellness pack
  • Shaving/Personal care kit
  • Gift cards

Outfit New Team Members as Part of the Team 

Branded apparel is always a big hit with employees, and your new team members will truly feel and look like part of the team when you provide branded clothing items for them to wear at work or at leisure. Consider this an investment in advertising, as everywhere your employees wear your brand, they are a walking billboard for your company. 

Popular options include: 

  • T-shirts
  • Caps
  • Beanies
  • Golf shirts
  • Jackets 
  • Duffels
  • Sport towels
  • Backpacks

Elevate Your Onboarding Game with New Team Members


Raise your onboarding process with new team members to new heights by providing them with branded gifts and swag with a personal welcome note in addition to the typical company policy and procedure manual, insurance information, and tour of the facilities. Corporate gifting for your employees is a proven strategy to help build loyalty and promote a positive team culture.

KIT by USP can help you with providing great branded swag for your employees for onboarding, special events or promotions, holidays, or any other reason. Our in-house printing saves you time and money and our fulfillment services conveniently store your KITs until you need them delivered. 

Begin building your custom onboarding KITs online or call and speak with a team member about your new team member onboarding needs.