Since video content exploded nearly two decades ago, its popularity has grown rapidly. Currently, it’s one of the most consumed contents around the world. According to YouTube, people across the world watch video content totaling about one billion hours per day. Imagine that’s not all. Facebook claims about 100 million hours are spent watching video content on their platform every day.
Nowadays, businesses are using other platforms such as skype and zoom to host meetings and communicate with their remote workers. Beyond that, these same businesses are looking for creative ways to use video meetings at work. The purpose of doing so is to enhance communication and collaborations. Let’s see how they achieve it:
Create Time to Socialize and Bond
If your company’s workforce works remotely, then this goes directly to you as their leader. It’s up to you to understand they are not working in the same office block, similar to traditional workplaces. Here, they encounter other colleagues during tea or launch breaks and are likely to strike a conversation.
Remote workers lack human connections, which is an avenue to building trust and teamwork. But as their leader, you can change or improve the situation by creating social time through video meeting platforms. The idea is to have all employees hang out together, share non-work stuff, and get to know each other more. With time, you will notice bonds developing among team members.
Make Video Meetings Feel Like Meeting Rooms
Permanent remote teams usually feel out of place with the work culture of a company. You can address this by simulating a real office space, where employees come in and leave at will. At the same time, they can discuss any topic from politics to personal relations. Besides, you can spice things up by allowing employees to hop in and ask any question in the meeting.
Doing so makes employees share more, get faster responses from questions, participate in more discussions, and feel connected and part of the company.
Setting up “Specific” Video Meetings
In most cases, when remote teams are messaging about a project they are working on together, their chats get confusing and can be misleading to some members. So, start a specific meeting about the project to keep every employee in the loop. Likewise, employees will start using these meetings to catch up on areas they might not have understood. Such meetings help bring up conversations that build strong connections between remote colleagues.
Set Agenda and Timing for Each Speaker
Ensure every team member knows the agenda of the meeting. Engage them by allocating each employee time to speak. Plus, inform them beforehand about your expectation. This way, you will get the right responses, and everyone will be keen.
Create Virtual Break Rooms and Pair Worker Randomly
Remote employees work solo in most cases. The problem with this work arrangement is that it becomes a stumbling block in several ways. It hinders communication, collaboration and reduces productivity. But by introducing virtual break rooms, team members meet and talk about random topics while enjoying their favorite drinks.
The aim is to simulate similar encounters like those that happen in physical offices. And with this type of breaks and meeting, employees develop essential bonds between them and ultimately improve productivity.
As aforementioned, businesses rely on video meetings to communicate with their remote teams and vice versa. So, as a remote team leader, it’s important to ensure video meetings are effective. You can do so by applying the above methods. They are all proven ways of improving collaboration among members of your remote team.