More companies are assembling remote workforces, getting the best of the best on their teams regardless of geographic location. But when it comes to onboarding, these new employees can really feel the distance. Having remote workers watch hours of canned training materials or call into confusing conference calls doesn't set them up for success – more likely, it will bore them to tears while making them feel like they have little connection to their co-workers.
Instead, video conferencing can enhance the employee onboarding experience – here are four reasons why:
1. It saves costs
Unless you're Elon Musk, flying workers in from around the world and setting them up at hotels is probably out of your budget. Instead, hold an onboarding video conference to easily train your remote workforce, all at once and at a fraction of the cost. Maybe one day you can hyperloop in new employees, but 'til then, video is the way to go.
2. It eases angst
New employees have a lot on their plates when they first join a company, from registering their info with HR and learning new tech to choosing the least-awkward photos for their intranet profiles (no shame, we've all been there). Countless orientation sessions and training workshops add to an already-packed to-do list, but one way to reduce any feelings of new-employee panic is to record onboarding video conferences so that they can watch when it's convenient for them.
3. It reveals a fun work culture
By holding training sessions via video conference, companies have the opportunity to inject them with some pizzazz that gives remote employees an idea of what the organization's culture is like. Instead of having to click through a dull slideshow, new employees can be treated to a video conference that exudes personality – for example, take workers on a video tour of the office, stopping to say hi to the team members that remote workers will be collaborating with to give them some much-needed face time.
4. It connects multiple offices
Video conferencing isn't just great for onboarding remote workers – it can enhance the training experience for in-office employees too. If your company has several offices, video conferences can connect employees at these different locations all at once, providing valuable training information and giving workers a stronger sense of the breadth and dynamics of their company.