Write every new person an epic welcome email to the team
Welcome emails take a significant amount of time to write well and cannot be outsourced or added to an onboarding checklist because they are all completely unique and tailored to the person they’re welcoming. It’s common for our People Operations team to collaborate with leads on their welcome email (especially the first time) to ensure it’s up to our high standards.
Writing a good welcome email should be a natural summarization of why we chose to hire the candidate in the first place and its quality should reflect the quality of the recruiting process that went into finding the candidate. If an exciting and enthusiastic welcome email is hard to write, then it may point to deeper issues in the recruiting process.
“Team, I’m excited to announce that Remy Ferber will be joining our team as Executive Assistant to me and Sebastian. She’ll be primarily focused on our emails and special projects as they arise; and will be tag-teaming with Alicia who will continue to handle scheduling, travel, and other logistics remotely from Rhode Island.
Having just graduated from college, Remy is the least experienced of the thousands who applied for this role. However, her fundamentals and references were the strongest. At university she received multiple scholarships and awards, including Excellence in Art History and the President’s Medal, ‘Awarded annually to the senior who exemplifies the ideal Grinnell student based on: demonstrated leadership, superior scholarship, poise and maturity, compassion and astuteness.’
Her references consistently described her as both the highest performer and the person they most enjoyed working with. Her reference from MoMA said that even two years later ‘the HR people are still always asking about her. I want to shake her and tell her you don’t know how good that is, they get 1000 applications a day and ask about you!’ Her reference from Harvard Art Museum described how ‘I’ll still get emails from her, from where she is somewhere in world, looking at a work of art that reminds her of us. The email is always eloquent, beautifully written–so touching, so Remy.’ Despite being a high-achiever in class and student govt, peers noted that Remy always took the time to make people happy. One reference described how Remy responded when tragedy hit the frisbee team at a competitive college, by getting 10 frisbees signed by students at Grinnell, and sending them over as a condolence gift.
It’s also worth noting that her cover letter immediately stood out–critical for someone handling communications. In fact, I enjoyed re-reading it so much that I’ve copied it in below in case others might enjoy it too.
I look forward to introducing Remy to you in person next week when she starts."