Three Reasons to Try an Always-On Video PortalBy Sara Moseley
Drive greater connections, efficiency, and knowledge sharing with a live, always-on video feed
Using an always-on video portal (a.k.a. live video streaming) at the workplace is a trend that has become quite popular across a broad array of industries, from industrial and manufacturing, to technology, healthcare, retail and more. In a world where connecting with coworkers could become its own Olympic sport, always-on video portals offer a quick and simple way to experience the nirvana of instant communication gratification. In other words, you don’t have to wonder if everyone on the team checked their email or voicemail or logged onto the project management app to check messages because you spoke with them face-to-face. Below, we’ll share a variety of ways companies of all shapes and sizes are leveraging always-on video portals, as well as how to set one up at your workplace.
#1: Create a Connected Culture
According to an article in Forbes, American companies are currently experiencing an engagement and employee retention crisis. Thought leaders like the Great Place to Work Institute, an organization that researches the science behind employee engagement and organizational success, maintain the answer to keeping employees happy, engaged and productive is found in creating a trust-based workplace culture. In short, employees need to develop and maintain trusting relationships with managers and a sense of camaraderie with coworkers. To form trusting relationships and foster camaraderie, people need to see one another on a somewhat regular basis, and an always-on video portal is a great way to accomplish this goal and empower people to feel genuinely connected to one another. In addition, leaders who make themselves more visible and accessible via a video portal are actually engaging in team-building behavior. A recent study revealed that 91 percent of employees think seeing executives face-to-face makes them more personal and reliable. In other words, when a leader takes the time to connect with his/her team via video, the simple act of being seen helps to build the kind of trust that leads to a productive and healthy workplace culture. Video portals also allow teams to engage in both work and social interactions as if they were working in the same room, which is critical for fostering camaraderie. A few of the ways we recommend using an always-on video portal to create a more connected culture are:
- Conduct competitions: interoffice sales; safety goals; departmental challenges, etc.
- Celebrate work and personal milestones: birthdays, anniversaries, goal achievements, etc.
- Host social events: karaoke, video game tournaments, Paint Nite, team trivia, etc.
#2: Increase Efficiency
Another great benefit of the always-on video portal is its remarkable ability to increase efficiency by enabling team members and leaders to stay connected and engage in impromptu chats, conversations, brainstorms, and more. Moreover, it’s the ability to have these spontaneous conversations with coworkers that researchers say is essential to fostering innovation, which is the ultimate competitive advantage in today’s workplace. Like a huddle room, video portals do not require you to go through the hassle of scheduling a formal meeting. To connect with colleagues, you simply step in front of the camera and talk to the members of your team, or address the whole room. It’s that easy.
Team members can also use a video portal just like they do a video conferencing device and share slides, give presentations, and more. Other efficient ways to use video portals include:
- Host all-employee meetings
- Link warehouses to gain instant inventory insights
- Connect departments working on the same project
#3: Share Knowledge and Successes
While video portals are ideal for broadcasting important messages and engaging in spur-of-the-moment team meetings, they are also excellent for longer format pre-planned meetings, such as project updates, training sessions, interviews, press conferences, and more. For years, HR leaders have been using video conferencing to interview top talent all over the world; and now, many hiring managers are conducting second and third interviews using video portals, so that potential employees can experience the company’s culture firsthand and “see” if it’s a good fit. Additionally, companies are recognizing the value video portals bring to various departments, such as sales and customer service. Portals enable team members to share success stories with the group as they happen, which builds momentum and helps fellow teammates learn new approaches and specific methods used to close a sale or solve a customer’s issue. Safety training sessions are another great way to leverage video portals because they enable team members to view demonstrations as a group, and ensure that everyone understands necessary procedures and how they impact the organization’s safety record. To recap, a few ways you can use video portals to equip your team for success are:
- Increase learning: Conduct training sessions, host safety seminars, IT tutorials, etc.
- Enhance PR: Interview potential hires, host press conferences, etc.
- Share Successes: Perform sales demos, highlight individual and team customer service wins
The Highfive How-To Guide for Installing an Always-On Video Portal
Know what’s faster than doing a Texas Two-Step? Putting in a Highfive always-on video portal.
- Step 1: Put a Highfive device in a central location.
- Step 2: Turn it on.
Note: If you want to connect offices, simply repeat steps one and two in each location, and voila, your people are well-connected.
Now, Give Yourself a Highfive
A true productivity booster, a Highfive always-on video portal empowers your employees to innovate, collaborate and achieve great things together. Featuring a wide angle lens that enables viewers to see everyone in the office, Highfive also has HD video and audio, and Dolby Voice technology, which ensures everyone is able to see and hear video portal messages clearly. Priced at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems, Highfive allows anyone using any device to join their coworkers in-house and truly feel like part of the team. To build stronger teams at your workplace, start by giving everyone a Highfive.