Leveraging Video for Remote Employee Onboarding

COVID-19 has created new challenges for businesses onboarding employees remotely. Video can help employees get up to speed as quickly as possible.

Eric Mlsna
Eric Mlsna
Apr 01, 2020
Leveraging Video for Remote Employee Onboarding

There’s arguably never been a more difficult time for businesses to onboard new employees. No industry has been immune from the impacts of COVID-19 and its spread around the globe, leaving vast swaths of individuals working remotely—many for the first time. But businesses still need to welcome new team members into their roles and help them get up to speed as quickly as possible, leaving no other alternative than leveraging video for employee onboarding.

The good news is, this short-term pain could mean long-term gain.

The ins and outs of remote employee onboarding

Employee onboarding is an expense every business knows well. New employees need to be immersed in process, culture, and other elements required to hit the ground running and be successful in their new roles. Unfortunately for businesses, all of this comes with a cost.

In the past, this could mean time out of an administrator’s day to give the same presentation over and over again. It could mean travel, lodging, and food expenses for employees, trainers, or all of the above. The soft and hard costs vary based on the types and size of business. But leveraging video for employee onboarding allows for more institutional efficiencies while getting more information to more people—faster.

Video onboarding benefits

There are numerous positives when it comes to using video for remote employee onboarding, with most laddering up into the following categories:

  • Reduced costs. Whether it’s the time saved by not having trainers sit in front of yet another class to present the same work, or the expenses associated with in-person trainings and/or events, a video platform will be a bottom-line boost.
  • Training consistency. Some businesses are large. Some are spread across the country or the globe. Some check both of those boxes. The bigger and more spread out the business, the more likely it is to employ multiple trainers with different styles and opinions on how to present the material. Using video allows for all employees to receive the same information presented in the same way for a consistent onboarding experience.
  • Better information retention. The consistency noted above means everyone is receiving the information deemed important by an organization. And by having it delivered via video—particularly an interactive experience with questions and feedback opportunity—new employees are more likely to remember the details. They also can watch back and search for topics or information within any training video when using a platform like VidGrid that allows for easy, intuitive video cataloging.
  • Improved connections. Creating onboarding videos allows for supporting networks and relationships within organizations. Instead of just handing out org charts with headshots, new employees can get a sense of camaraderie and personalities to not only remember people better, but also to help them feel more comfortable among their new peers.

Benefits beyond onboarding

The business purposes for a robust enterprise video platform go well beyond onboarding. From trainings to customer support to sales, a platform like VidGrid can help improve several facets of your organization. And when employees are exposed to it when onboarding, they’ll quickly familiarize themselves with your established system and easily assimilate into your business’s day to day.

And when things get back to business as usual, your organization will be better prepared for a successful future. Contact us today to learn about using video for employee onboarding.

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