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As a team, it's always exciting to welcome a new member aboard. Not only does it mean that we get to work with someone new and potentially bring fresh perspectives to the table, but it also signifies growth and progress within the company. So, it's important to make them feel welcome as soon as possible.
Start by introducing them to their team and letting them know that they have your full support. Making sure they have what they need to be successful is key. From giving them access to resources, to making sure they understand any tasks at hand. The transition from being an outsider peeking in, to an official team member, should be made swift and easy.
➤ Introducing the new person through a brief speech is an excellent way to welcome them
Are you looking to welcome a new employee to your team with a memorable toast? Here are a few tips to help you craft the perfect welcome toast:
Start with a warm greeting
Begin your toast with a friendly and sincere greeting, such as "Welcome everyone, it's an honour to have you all here today to celebrate the arrival of our newest team member."
Introduce the New Employee
Provide a brief overview of the new employee's background and accomplishments, highlighting any relevant skills or experience they bring to the team. For example, "I'd like to introduce you all to [new employee's name], who brings with them [years] of experience in [industry] and a passion for [relevant skills or qualities]. We are so excited to have them join our team and contribute their expertise to our projects."
Share Your Excitement
Let the new employee know how excited you’re to have them join the team and how much you value their contribution. For example, "We are thrilled to have [new employee's name] join our team and can't wait to see the impact they will have on our projects and our company as a whole."
Offer Words of Encouragement
A welcome toast is also a great opportunity to offer words of encouragement and support to the new employee as they begin their journey with your team. For example, "I want to personally welcome [new employee's name] and offer them my support as they get settled into their new role. I have no doubt that they will thrive here and make a valuable contribution to our team."
End With a Toast
Raise a glass and offer a toast to the new employee's success and to the future of the team. For example, "Please join me in raising a glass to [new employee's name] and to the continued success of our team. Here's to a bright future together!"
(Good Morning) Members,
Thank you all for coming and joining us here today. We are pleased to be able to welcome those of you that have been with us for some time now as well as those of you who are new to our (group/community/association etc.).
Today marks our (5th) (annual) group meeting and we are very proud to be able to host it today here at (location) with all of you.
Just before we get started, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who so generously helped us make this event come together smoothly, (names of individuals you wish to thank here) we couldn't have done it without you!
In today's gathering I would like to focus on all our new volunteers whom have joined us since (January 2011 etc.).
You have all chosen to be a part of our association because of our mutual passion for (subject matter relative to the association). Your passions help us all to come together as one and the energy we create as one allows us to achieve our individual as well as group goals. We need you as much as you need us and this is why we are so happy to have you join us here at (name of association).
During the next few months, you will be getting to know more about our different initiatives through our planned activities and special events where you will be able to join in and get your very own hands on experiences. I hope that these will prove to be memorable and fulfilling for you...
These are of course not the only things that are important here to us - you will also be meeting lots of new people and making new friends along the way.
Here at (name of association) we value and cherish the friendships we make as they more often than not prove to be formed on a strong common ground which in turn makes them last for many many, years to come!
Well I think that I have gone on long enough, I need to leave some time for (name) to introduce himself to all of you and fill you in on some of our up coming (activities/projects) before you all get too bored today!
So a very warm welcome to all of you, please come find me in the (lobby) when (name) is done if you have any questions, suggestions or just want to meet and say hi!
(Name)? Come on up and take my place up here....Ladies and gentleman, (name) our (events coordinator) - ...Thank you. (you will step down or go sit down after)