How Is the Virtual Executive Onboarding Process Different (and Better)?

How Is the Virtual Executive Onboarding Process Different (and Better)?

When a new team member joins your company, it's important to have them go through an onboarding process. The onboarding process doesn't just show people the ropes; it's a welcome into a company's culture, letting a new hire know they are part of a new group where they will be supported by their new colleagues.

But onboarding isn't important just for entry-level hires. Onboarding should also happen at the executive level. They should be welcomed by their colleagues and team members, introduced to some insider information about company culture, and given important details to make them feel appreciated and at home. These can be things like company traditions, special lingo, and more.

In person, the executive onboarding process can be very formal and may be handled only by HR and other executives. With virtual executive onboarding, the process looks different—and, ultimately, can be a more successful way to get a new executive excited about and welcomed into a new company culture.

As more companies move to remote working, here's what you should know about the virtual executive onboarding process

What Is Executive Onboarding?

Executive onboarding is similar to onboarding for other employees, but it's more comprehensive and in-depth. Not only will an executive hold a leadership role at a company and really need to know how things function, their training can also make a difference to team members if their new leader knows their names and forms a relationship with them. During the executive onboarding process, new execs learn how basic things at the company work, who holds what position, and general information about the company and its values.

Why Does Executive Onboarding Matter?

The tone of a good company is set at the top. If an executive doesn't know or care about what's going on, their employees won't either. It's important to welcome an exec into the company early and get them acquainted with company values, lingo, and mission so they can be a great leader by example. Company leaders make their employees feel valued if they make them feel known, heard, and understood. Onboarding can be the start of great employer/employee relationships and teams that collaborate and work well together.

Additionally, executive onboarding shouldn't just deliver facts to new hires. It should show them the culture of a company so that they can feel at home right away to their team members. Executives who don't go through an onboarding process may end up feeling resented and ultimately fail to "establish a cultural fit" since they may seem as if they are coming in and trying to change things that already exist—not coming into a company to embrace the good and important things that are already there.

How Is Virtual Onboarding Different From In-Person Onboarding for Executives?

Now that executive onboarding is happening virtually, things are even better and easier than when most executive onboarding happened in person. Here are some ways that executive onboarding changed when it went virtual, and why those matter:

  • New execs learn from videos. Video learning can be powerful in an onboarding process. No one has to take time out of their workday to teach execs basic information, and execs can learn at their own pace, to ensure they really take in everything and don't miss anything important.
  • Video profiles of team members make it easier to match faces and names. When execs join a company, they can be given welcome videos by every member of their team. These give execs a chance to memorize people's names and faces, so they can make their team feel valued and appreciated right away.
  • Culture is clearly shown via video. Welcome videos are a great way to show a new exec a company culture. They get a clear feel of a vibe, tone, language, and general office energy by watching a welcome video. This is a much faster way to incorporate any executive into company culture than trying to explain it in words.
  • Group meetings matter. During the executive onboarding process, it's important to have lots of online group meetings with their team. This is the chance for them to establish their leadership style, bond the group, and get a sense of how people interact.

How Viostream Can Help Optimize Your Virtual Executive Onboarding Process

If you are ready to move your executive onboarding process online, Viostream is a great resource for you. Viostream is one of the world's leading video hosting platforms geared toward businesses, and it has a slew of capabilities that allow businesses to function better and grow.

With branded video galleries, easy-to-use library, and stream-anywhere functionality, Viostream makes the onboarding process smooth, convenient, and easy for everyone involved, so onboarding can happen as quickly and effectively as possible. The result: Everyone is ready to dive headfirst into work (even a new executive) as your team continues to grow.

Want to see if Viostream is the right tool to help with your virtual executive onboarding process? Try our free trial today. You can get a sense of whether the platform offers what your company needs for successful onboarding and see how the tool's other features might help your business improve and manage all its corporate communications.

Brendan Sas
Brendan Sas
Customer Success
Brendan Sas is a digital designer and creator based in Sydney, Australia.
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