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How to Use Video for Remote Employee Onboarding

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How to Use Video for Remote Employee Onboarding

Welcoming a new employee to the team is an exciting time for businesses – not only is it great to welcome a new face with fresh ideas, it’s tangible evidence your business is growing. Often, you’ll be able to onboard new team members in person but in some cases, whether employees are permanently remote or temporarily need to work from home, you’ll need to master the art of remote onboarding videos. It's essential that this is done well, not only is it great for employees, it benefits businesses too. According to Glassdoor, great employee onboarding can improve employee retention by 82 percent.

The value of video onboarding

Anyone who’s started a new job knows it involves a lot of paperwork. This, combined with the isolation of remote work means traditional onboarding documents just won’t cut it. This is where video comes in. Engaging onboarding videos can get new hires off to a great start. They’ll facilitate genuine connections and help new starters learn faster – viewers retain 95 percent of a message through video compared to just 10% through text.

In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to a range of remote employee onboarding video ideas you can create yourself using an online video editor like Clipchamp. Use these as part of your onboarding checklist and watch your new hires thrive.

Remote employee onboarding video ideas

A personalised welcome message

While your remote new starter is sure to meet colleagues via video conferences and online chats, a personalised message will work wonders to make new employees feel welcomed on their first day. This video could be created by the HR team or one of the business founders and can be a short, warm, welcoming message.

 A personalised welcome message

Vision and mission

It’s important that new starters are aware of your businesses’ vision and mission and how their role fits into this. A video from the CEO or other managers, clearly outlining company goals can answer a lot of questions for new remote employees.

Introduce the team 

Understanding a company’s structure is essential for new employees to communicate effectively. The video’s main focus may vary depending on what squad or team your new starter belongs to but it’s important to include a brief overview of everyone from the CEO to the HR manager. 

Set up guidelines 

Unless your new starter is an IT specialist or engineer, it can be daunting to set up new technology and systems when starting a remote position. A short, informative video guiding employees through important tech requirements and system set ups will give your worker all of the remote work tools they need to get to work. This, in turn, helps the new employee in time management, task management, progress tracking and gives an easy start.

Set up guidelines 

Communicate your culture  

A positive workplace culture has a big impact on employee engagement and retention but it can be a challenge to make remote employees feel involved. Videos that focus less on tasks and more on fun and personal interests can help remote new starters feel connected. They also add a more human layer to your business. 

Get new starters involved 

Here at Clipchamp, it's tradition to task new employees to create a short video about themselves to present to the company at the end of their first week and we suggest you do the same. It’s a great way to make sure all colleagues are introduced to new starters in their first week. At the same time, this activity is a fun departure for new employees who are otherwise hard at work.

Get new starters involved 

Ready to start making videos?

All of the videos ideas listed above can become a reality when you use a free online video editor like Clipchamp Create. Check out our helpful how-to tutorial on how to get started below.

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