We've been experiencing some complains about some will mistype their email AND create a new account and not understand why they were not seeing their information in their User home.
I don't think you should let them create am account without validating the email (or at least you should have an internal differentiation between "good" emails and ...
Assuming you have a public website, there are following important points:
Sign up should be as easy as a button click and focus should be to introduce user to website features asap.
Allowing only Humans should be a priority.
You need to remember Users for further personalized communication(like feedback, offers etc.) even if they used the app one time. So ...
Don't grey out the sections that are disabled. It is unclear that they are clickable. Make them white like the others, maybe with a slightly blurred overlay or a thick border in orange or yellow-black "under construction" colors. Something that makes them different from the others. Or maybe this isn't even needed, that's up to you to decide. But ...
There are countless resources online about form best practices.
Here is a reputable source:
A second one:
Regarding subtle vs bigger redesign:
Users might be used to the current form. That could also mean they are used to hate the current form. You ...
Since the users are employees, im assuming this is an enterprise / B2B product - which means the users are already used to how the forms are and have learnt a way around to work with it, though it may not be user friendly.
We also need to consider any new employee who will be onboarded in future. The solution i would suggest is break these 3 columns into 3 ...
When you're dealing with long forms, the solution usually is a combination of the following:
Reuse as much data you already have
Only ask for the most critical data first (email, name, phone number). This way you can contact the user if they abandon the page early on.
Divide the information into groups and maybe ask for the information only when you need it....