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Rev Up Your Onboarding: 5 Key Lessons from Pixar's Cars

A life-size model of Lightning McQueen, a red race car with the number '95' and lightning bolt graphics, from Pixar's 'Cars' movie, displayed in an exhibition hall.

As someone who loves HR and movies, I'm always looking for new ways to apply the lessons they teach to my own business. Recently, I was streaming the Pixar classic Cars with my son, and I was amazed at how many onboarding lessons I could learn from it.

Here are five of them:

Make Your Onboarding Process Fun

In Cars, Lightning McQueen was introduced to a colorful world full of exciting activities and characters. His first day on the track was a thrilling experience, and it got him excited to learn more. In the same way, you should make your onboarding process fun and engaging for your new hires. Give them plenty of opportunities to explore the company culture, meet their colleagues, and get acquainted with their new role.

Provide Coaching and Support

Throughout Cars, Lightning McQueen was guided and supported by his mentor, Doc Hudson. He was always there to offer advice and help him improve his performance. In your onboarding process, you should provide the same level of coaching and support to your new hires. Make sure they have a point of contact they can turn to if they have any questions or concerns.

Make Connections

In the movie, Lightning McQueen was able to make friends with other cars on the track and learn from them. This is a great example of how important it is to make connections in the workplace. Encourage your new employees to form relationships with their colleagues and get to know them better. This will help them feel more comfortable and settled in their new role.

Have a Clear Goal

In Cars, Lightning McQueen was focused on winning the Piston Cup. This gave him a clear goal to work towards and motivated him to do his best. Similarly, you should make sure your new hires have a clear goal to work towards during onboarding. Give them a timeline and milestones to work towards, and make sure they know what is expected of them.

Celebrate Success

At the end of Cars, Lightning McQueen was able to achieve his goal and win the Piston Cup. This was celebrated by all of the cars on the track, and it was a great reminder of the importance of celebrating success. Make sure you recognize your new hires' achievements during onboarding and give them the recognition they deserve.

Recap: Overall, there are plenty of onboarding lessons to be learned from the movie Cars. By following these five tips, you can ensure your new hires have a smooth and enjoyable onboarding experience.


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