Internal communications video – Who can resist pressing Play?

Internal communications video

It’s increasingly more important than ever to have a solid foundation of engaged employees who will remain loyal to your company.

Engaged employees remain focused, enjoy their working day, and thrive, so how should you approach the way you communicate with them to ensure you create that kind of employee experience?

We explore video as a key element in your internal communications strategy

With more video than ever before being watched, it’s clear that your employees are used to the format in their daily lives, but have you considered they may actually expect it in the workplace too?

By maximising the use of video in your internal communications, you can really enhance the employee experience. The format speaks directly to your employees – it’s conversational and dynamic. Thanks to its relatable and open nature, it inspires trust, and with trust comes loyalty.

We humans process visuals a lot faster than information transmitted verbally, that’s why infographics as another highly visual medium are so effective and popular.

Similarly, by using video to communicate with your employees you’ll help them embrace your message quicker, and remember it for longer.

With employee engagement levels difficult to quantify, it can help to count on a format that quickly and easily reaches everyone wherever they are – desk-based or remote workers, teams overseas, working on desktop or mobile – which allows you to analyse exactly how many people engaged with it.

Cost is also a key factor when considering video as part of your internal communications strategy. The initial investment goes a long way – when done well, video can age at a slower pace than other communication channels, so it will deliver returns for longer. As a digital communication channel, there are no associated print and fulfilment costs. Your employees already have the tools: anybody can play video, anywhere, so it offers the potential to reach thousands, quickly and easily, at the click of a button.

So are other methods of internal communication – such as an email or printed newsletter – now obsolete? Far from it, we all use a variety of communication channels depending on the type of message, or audience we’re trying to reach.

But video and animation are guaranteed to engage and inspire your employees, as these industry stats prove.

Just press Play…

So how can I use it for my internal communications?

Video offers a wide range of possibilities to boost the effectiveness of your internal communications, and reach your employees in engaging and memorable ways.

  • You can use video in your presentations, in your corridors. Perhaps send it in an email newsletter – include the word “video” in your email subject line and see open rates go through the roof.
  • Video could be the most compelling way to share the company’s vision, or an emotive tool to celebrate your employees’ achievements. Use video as part of the onboarding process and new starters will feel immediately welcome and engaged. You can use it to upskill and train employees, or educate them on the latest company initiative.
  • If you can, keep it short – not only will it minimise production costs, it’ll also help get your message across faster. Remember to focus on presenting content in a way that will keep attention levels high throughout the video – it’ll aid understanding and make a bigger impact.

Whether you maximise the power of a stand-alone internal communications video, or you use it complement other comms channels, or you take a formal or fun approach, video provides an opportunity to deliver information in an easy to consume format – it’s direct, it’s tempting and intriguing.

Make it easy for employees to engage by including video and animation as a key element in your internal communications strategy. Because, who can resist pressing Play?