September 25, 2023

The Role of Employee Onboarding in Creating a Strong Restaurant Team

Dana Bernardino

Employee Onboarding

Employee onboarding is a critical process that sets the tone for an employee’s entire journey within an organization. Done right, it can lead to increased productivity, higher retention rates, and a more engaged workforce. 

1Huddle, a leader in employee training and onboarding solutions, has identified seven key principles that can make the onboarding process a success. In this article, we’ll explore these principles and shed light on how they can transform the way you bring new talent into your organization.

  1. Gamification for Engagement

One of 1Huddle’s core principles is gamification. Leveraging game-like elements in the onboarding process can make it more engaging and enjoyable. By turning training modules into interactive games, new employees are more likely to stay focused, absorb information better, and feel excited about their roles from day one.

  1. Personalization for Individualized Learning

Every new employee is unique, and their onboarding experience should reflect that. 1Huddle suggests personalizing the onboarding process by tailoring it to the employee’s role, skills, and interests. Providing employees with a customized experience not only makes them feel valued but also ensures they acquire the specific knowledge and skills needed for their roles.

  1. Mobile Accessibility for Convenience

In today’s fast-paced world, flexibility is key. 1Huddle advocates for mobile accessibility in onboarding. Allowing new employees to access training materials on their mobile devices means they can learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. This fosters a sense of independence and ensures that onboarding doesn’t disrupt their work-life balance.

  1. Continuous Learning for Growth

Onboarding shouldn’t end after the initial training period. 1Huddle believes in the importance of continuous learning. Providing opportunities for ongoing training and development not only helps employees stay up-to-date with industry trends but also demonstrates the organization’s commitment to their growth.

  1. Feedback Loops for Improvement

Effective onboarding is an evolving process. 1Huddle encourages the establishment of feedback loops that allow new employees to provide input on their onboarding experience. This feedback can be used to refine and improve the onboarding process continually. It also gives employees a voice, making them feel heard and valued.

  1. Culture Integration for Connection

Cultural fit is essential for long-term success within an organization. 1Huddle recommends integrating cultural aspects into the onboarding process. This involves not only teaching company values but also providing opportunities for new employees to connect with their colleagues and get a feel for the organization’s culture. When employees feel connected to their workplace, they are more likely to stay and thrive.

  1. Measurement for Accountability

Finally, accountability is crucial in onboarding. 1Huddle emphasizes the need for measurement tools to track the progress of new employees. By setting clear milestones and assessing whether these are met, organizations can identify areas that need improvement and ensure that the onboarding process remains effective.

1Huddle’s perspective on successful employee onboarding revolves around engagement, personalization, accessibility, continuous learning, feedback, culture, and measurement. By incorporating these principles into your onboarding process, you can set the stage for long-term success for both your new employees and your organization as a whole.

Onboarding is not just about getting new hires up to speed quickly; it’s about creating an environment where they can thrive and contribute their best from day one.

About 1Huddle

1Huddle is a coaching and development platform that uses quick-burst mobile games to more quickly and effectively educate, elevate, and energize your workforce — from frontline to full-time.

With a mobile-first approach to preparing the modern worker, a mobile library of 3,000+ quick-burst employee skill games, an on-demand game marketplace that covers 16 unique workforce skill areas, and the option for personalized content, 1Huddle is changing the way organizations think about their training – from a one-time boring onboarding experience to a continuous motivational tool. 

Key clients include Loews Hotels, Novartis, Madison Square Garden, PIMCO, TAO Group, and the United States Air Force. To learn more about 1Huddle and its platform, please visit

Dana Bernardino, Manager of Digital Marketing at 1Huddle

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