Training and Development More Effective Through Video ConferencingThe use of video conferencing has risen dramatically in recent years, which can be attributed to the many benefits video conferencing offers companies. From enhanced collaboration, better organization, and the ability to eliminate problems faced by remote employees, video conferencing provides companies with a plethora of benefits. There are two areas of business that video conferencing can improve dramatically—training and development. Let’s explore this further.

Increased Flexibility and Productivity

In today’s increasingly mobile workplace, employees demand flexibility. Video conferencing allows companies and employees flexibility by providing both parties with the ability to communicate whenever and wherever necessary. Remote workers especially are benefiting from video conferencing. In fact, 87 percent of remote workers feel more connected and engaged while using video conferencing software. By providing more connectivity and greater flexibility for teams, productivity is naturally enhanced—a win-win for businesses and their employees.

The number of remote employees in the workforce is continuing to grow, and video conferencing provides remote employees with the tools necessary to increase efficiency and productivity. Remote employees thrive off flexibility, and video conferencing gives them a way to have face-to-face interactions with co-workers without ever leaving the house. Remote employees are more productive, efficient, engaged, and less stressed than other employees, all of which are enhanced when using video conferencing.

Improved Training Efficiency

The training and onboarding process can be difficult and overwhelming to new employees. Generic training videos are often dull and easily forgettable. Video conferencing in the training process allows new employees to have face-to-face interactions with senior personnel. Instead of spending the first weeks or months at a job watching easily dismissible informational videos, video conferencing provides employees with the opportunity to have an interactive, engaging, useful conversation with knowledgeable staff members.

The benefits of video conferencing for standard employees have been well documented, but video conferencing has the potential to revolutionize employee training. Effective training is vital for companies’ sustained success. 22 percent of employee turnover happens within two months of new hires’ start dates, but with the use of this technology can help companies eliminate costly turnover.

Using video during training allows companies a more relevant and modern way to share its brand story. In today’s marketplace, employees want to feel that they are contributing to a company that matters. Using video conferencing allows companies to share its brand story in a more engaging and compelling manner.

Video conference training also gives companies the ability to train multiple new hires simultaneously, without losing employee engagement. A recent survey showed video conferencing raised training efficiency by 66 percent. Increased engagement enabled by video conferencing was a key factor in the rise of efficiency. After the initial onboarding process, video conferencing continues to improve employee development.

Video conferences can easily be recorded and archived. Archiving video conferences gives employees the ability to go back and re-watch conferences that contain complicated information. Archived videos also benefit companies by assuring the company is compliant with all workplace laws, and keeping employees up-to-date with safety regulations.

The Takeaway

Video conferencing continues to grow in popularity. Increased flexibility, productivity, engagement, and efficiency are all reasons why companies continue to invest in video conferencing. Training and developing employees is essential for the sustained success of any business, and using video conferencing during training and development of employees offers both companies and employees many benefits.

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