At logistics company DHL, initiating new staff starts long before they show up for work. First, they are sent their contract in an attractive folder. Next, two weeks before they are due to begin, they receive a package called DHL in a Box. This includes a video, a copy of their learning programme and a welcome card from their manager and colleagues.
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By Rhymer Rigby
Source: Financial Times
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