Ok, so I don’t know if this is an actual letter that Apple gives to its employees but I like both the idea of the welcome letter and the sentiment expressed here so am reposting it. Truth be told I like the idea of the welcome much letter better than just leaving a copy of the vision/mission statement for new recruits.
I used to work in a branch where we used a welcome letter as part of our orientation package. It was a standard letter signed by the top executive and it laid out, in general terms, the work of the branch and other key information including its commitment to diversity and the use of both official languages and it went over really well.
Though the welcome letter can’t and shouldn’t replace a fulsome information package and the importance of human contact with employees on their first days, it is a nice touch to be sure.