Ever wonder why companies throw parties and give gifts to people when they leave, but not when they start? Here are a few ideas for making new hires feel welcome:

  • Have everyone sign a welcome card;

  • Throw a welcome party;

  • Give a gift certificate to a local restaurant so they can tell their partners about their first day at the new job;

  • Wrap up their office supplies like a gift basket. Include special touches such as tea, energy bars, even a plant.