Improving Onboarding with Employee Experience Journey Mapping: A Fresh Take on a Traditional UX Technique
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We present a creative method for applying the UX technique of journey mapping to improve the onboarding experience of new employees in any organization. Journey mapping is a well-known design research tool used to gain insight into how a user experiences a service, process, or product, with the goal of making informed improvements to deliver a better experience for future users. We argue that journey mapping can also be used to improve the internal process of onboarding new employees and improve the experience for future new hires, which is important because positive onboarding experiences are linked to increased productivity and greater employee retention. We share how other organizations can use journey mapping to improve the onboarding process utilizing our employee experience journey mapping project toolkit (Frank & McKelvey, 2017) designed to help guide similar projects, complete with shareable templates. In addition, we share the methods used at our library, as well as our findings, recommendations, and lessons learned.
McKelvey, Hannah, and Jacqueline Frank. “Improving Onboarding with Employee Experience Journey Mapping: A Fresh Take on a Traditional UX Technique.” Weave: Journal of Library User Experience 1, no. 9 (September 12, 2018). doi:10.3998/weave.12535642.0001.903.