Want to get a jumpstart on creating a great employee experience? Include new employee welcome letter in your onboarding process. (And don’t fear the blank page — we’ve got a great example and welcome letter template for you below.)
LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2020 report identifies empathy as a major driver of the employee experience. Companies are taking note. A great onboarding experience is critical for new employees to build connections with their team, company culture, and core values from day one.
Remember, your new employee’s first week is overstuffed with new hire orientation information. A personal welcome letter serving up a little P.S. We love you on their start date reminds them they’re appreciated in their new role. (Plus, check out our 10 tips for welcoming a new employee on their start date.)
Elements of a successful letter for welcoming new employees
As a CEO (or manager), your letter should offer a warm welcome to the company and offer a few high-level details:
- Express enthusiasm and appreciation for the new hire.
- Communicate the company’s core values.
- Set general expectations for success.
Note: This isn’t the place to discuss dress code, benefits, or first steps — let human resources and their hiring manager handle these.
With these elements, new employees will feel a personal connection to the company on their first day, and will start off with a great employee experience.
New employee welcome letter example
What should a great welcome email or letter look like? Here’s an example:
Dear [Employee Name],
Welcome to Kazoo! I’m so excited to have you join the team.
There’s a lot to learn in these first weeks, but I wanted to take a minute to start with the heart of the matter — our company core values. At Kazoo, these values guide everything we do: yes &, know your audience, challenge accepted, own it, in good company, and be quick, don’t hurry. They’re what makes Kazoo Kazoo. As you become part of the team, I’m excited about how they’ll shape your professional growth and experience, too.
You’ll find your employee handbook and the rest of your onboarding plan in your welcome packet. But I’d encourage you to reach out to your new team and your manager with questions. You are, after all, in good company.
Let’s hit the ground running!
New hire welcome letter template
Ready to write your own? Use our easy template:
Dear [Employee Name],
Welcome to [Company Name]! I’m so excited to have you join the team.
There’s a lot to learn in these first weeks, but I wanted to take a minute to start with the heart of the matter — our company core values. At [Company Name], these values guide everything we do: [Company Core Values]. They’re what makes us [Company Name]. As you become part of the team, I’m excited about how they’ll shape your professional growth and experience, too.
You’ll find your employee handbook and the rest of your onboarding plan in your welcome packet. Again, congratulations on the new job. Let’s hit the ground running!
CEO, [Company Name]
Next Steps: Performance Management and Employee Experience
The benefits of personal connection don’t stop after new hire orientation. Keep those employees on track — plus actively engaged, personally invested in your organization, and growing professionally — with a performance management plan that pushes each employee to be their best. This means ditching the annual review in favor of regular check-ins, 360 reviews, pulse surveys, and so much more. Learn more, and see how you can revolutionize your employee experience.