It’s becoming increasingly important for companies to have a great onboarding process – between leaving a good first impression and getting your new employee up-to-date faster, there are some major benefits.

Here are some tips that will have your new hire feeling welcome and ready to work:

Send a handwritten welcome note after they accept your offer.

It’s a simple gesture that will go a long way with your new employee. If you’re feeling really generous, consider also mailing a gift (Percolate sends Kindles, Smuckers sends a delicious basket of jams and Apple employees get iMacs – you get the picture).

Consider having an orientation before their start date.

This can help familiarize your new employee with their workplace and new co-workers, so they feel comfortable and less nervous on the first day. It’s nice just to know where you’ll sit and how to use the coffee machine.

Give your new employee access to their work email a few days early.

Allow them time to set up, and use this new tool as a way to send them any documents they’ll need to start.

Send them their schedule for the first week.

Week one is crazy, but help prepare them by sending them their schedule of onboarding meetings and accompanying materials.

Assign an office buddy to your new hire.

Have an employee on their team connect with them before their first day so they feel like they already have a friend. This person will be their point of contact when they start for any office questions. You could even connect them to any other new hires that will start the same day that they’ll share the experience with.

Give them access to learning tools before they start.

Do you have training documents on using company tools and software? How about any How-To video tutorials? Any training materials that will help assimilate them into their new role is great to send over before they officially start to help them hit the ground running.

Talk culture and strategy.

If you didn’t already do so in the interview process, talk to your new employee about the culture at your company and the strategy the company is currently moving forward with. An understanding of values, goals and milestones will help them to know what they should be aligning with in their own role.

After all this, when your new employee shows up on their first day, it won’t feel like their first day. They will recognize some faces, be able to find their seat and even open programs without needing to ask 20 questions. Sure, there will still be a lot to learn, but the feeling of fitting in and understanding the company right away is crucial to assimilation and early engagement of your new hire.