Storytelling for Onboarding

Train New Hires with Stories from Their Peers

A common concern of the Human Resources and Learning Officers we speak with is inefficiency in the onboarding process that can leave employees potentially less prepared for their jobs and more frequently under-engaged. Lack of engagement can lead to lost productivity, costly mistakes, less acculturation and higher turnover. Consistently, they share a wish to make training more palpable, natural, and able to deliver rich information in a memorable way.

Narativ brings 20 years of listening and storytelling to bear on these critical issues in training. Storytelling has a unique ability to make training content engaging, accessible, and personally relevant. Our skills as story-excavators and interviewers allow us to get to the core of your learning goals quickly and find the stories that turn concepts and abstract ideas into concrete, relatable teaching moments. Stories also scale knowledge easily—think of any famous tale or myth—while preserving a quality of one-to-one personal transmission, which means you can do more with a smaller training budget.

Onboarding Powered by Storytelling

Our work with Measure for Justice serves as an example of how one mentor’s stories were used to train a cohort of new hires.

Key Benefits of Storytelling in the Onboarding Process

• put knowledge-seekers (listeners) in a reciprocal dialogue with knowledge-originators (storytellers)
• discover useful connections between seemingly unrelated knowledge assets
• replace costly and time-consuming workshops and reduce travel expenses
• transform data-heavy presentations into relatable, memorable story content
• build relationships from day one


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