As the world, at large, continues to contend with the coronavirus pandemic, business owners everywhere are finding completely new ways to carry on their operations. In our last blog, we listed a number of crucial steps employers should take to ensure their working-from-home teams continue to be both productive and positive-minded.

It’s worth noting the “positive-minded” part of the equation is not one to be underestimated. Naturally, we’re all going through a tough time, at the moment. Working from home certainly has its benefits. However, for many of your team members, the transition from the office to the home can be a tough one. Many people prefer going in to the office. It enables them to build upon the relationships they have with their co-workers and clients. After all, a sense of community is important.

Video conferencing can help to promote a sense of community.

Using video conferencing is an excellent way to engage with your workers while they’re not at your place of business. Unlike traditional telephone calls, it enables everyone on the calls to see the faces of the people they’re talking to. It’s the next best thing to being face-to-face.

Video conferencing also allows you to make use of body language, which is a big part of communication. If you can see who you are speaking with – and the mannerisms they use – it helps for all participants to be a lot more engaged. “Video meetings help teams maintain human connections, irrespective of physical location, which speeds up decision making and improves your ability to collaborate globally,” explains Lifesize.com.

Humans process visual information faster than anything else.

Different people process information in different ways. Some individuals are auditory learners while others like to read things for themselves. One hard-to-argue point, however, is the fact visual stimuli are great attention-grabbers. Adding the video element to the audio component of any conversation increases the participants’ abilities to soak up the messages being delivered.

As Forbes.com tells us, “those intimately familiar with the inferior temporal, superior parietal and orbitofrontal cortexes, as well as various other regions of the brain, assure us that humans process visual information far faster and more capably than text or audio.”

Workers find video conferencing more effective than audio alone.

At the end of the day, you want your team to be productive. While they’re not in your office, you may have some concerns about their levels of productivity. Through video conferencing, you are provided the best alternative to face-to-face conversations, which are known to produce the best results. According to Forbes, a collaborative study with Zoom supports this.

“For many, the current solution to communicating is the audio conference,” they communicate in a separate article, “But by comparison, 79% say video conferencing is significantly more effective. In fact, where in-person is more challenging or impossible, 71% of survey respondents say video conferencing delivers many of the benefits of being face-to-face.”

For more expert advice on how to manage your remote workforce through video conferencing, please don’t hesitate to contact Hire Value Inc. today!

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