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Onboarding and training are an essential part of any business and job role; how will anyone know how to do their job if they don’t receive any training?

It can be hard for many people to process complex information if it is not presented in an engaging and clear way; one solution to this problem is to deliver staff onboarding and training by using webinars, which are also advantageous to the company as they are very cost effective.

 

Advantages Of Webinars In Onboarding And Training

There are clear advantages to using this method. There are many problems in traditional training environments that can make it hard to convey complex information. For example, people may not attend the whole session; they need to make notes as they cannot attend again; it can be costly to attend face to face sessions and the materials might not be delivered in a way that suits everyone.

Furthermore, it is impossible to create completely personalized training sessions to suit everyone. While this would enable every attendee to access the information and it would convey complex information, it is not very practical or cost-effective.

Webinars are the answer to many of these problems and can create an effective and engaging way to delivery complex information. They have the advantage that it is not necessary for everyone to be in the same place. It can be a logistical difficulty to train all staff on the same issue when they may be spread across the country or across the world for large companies. Webinars alleviate this by requiring staff to simply have access to the internet; it is therefore a much more effective and cost-friendly way to deliver such information and content.

 

From Complex To Simple

When trying to convey complex information it is vital that consideration is given to the delivery method. If this is incorrect, it is unlikely that the information will be well understood. Simply sending an email, link to a webpage or a book to read, although quick and easy, will not encourage people to participate nor can it be verified that new staff has done so. Webinars can overcome this problem, as they are interactive, engaging, and creative. They also allow managers to track who attended and make it mandatory for new staff.

Webinars enable complex information to be broken down into small sections and delivered through a variety of means. For example, it is possible to have flowcharts, diagrams, and small animations to explain complex information. This is a much more effective way to deliver information that may be hard to process when simply delivered as a block of text.

There are also videos, Powerpoint presentations, and desktop sharing used in webinar delivery platforms that provide for visual learning, which is known as the best learning method in humans allowing for improved retention and comprehension. By adding a live voice attendees can get detailed explanations, Also, there is the highly useful Q & A and multiple chat rooms that are features in webinar services, like ClickWebinar that allow for brain storming sessions, division of various staff groups and an interactive means of training that allows staff to ask questions for improved learning and training.

 

Repeat Use

Webinars can be recorded and attendees and future staff can access the information as needed. This is highly beneficial when it comes to complex problems and information; if the attendee did not quite understand the whole topic first time round, they are able to go through the material again and again until they do.

As a side effect, those staff that may be concerned about bothering managers with extra questions or appearing as if they are incompetent and did not understand the training can feel at ease by simply referring to the webinar until they fully grasp the information. These recorded training sessions cost nothing extra for the company and ensure the information is readily available for staff to refer to.

 

Cost Effective

Overall webinars are a much more cost-effective training method that traditional means. It is a well-known fact that in business time is money, and using manager’s time for training on a regular basis can be quite costly.

Each time new staff or employees are hired, someone needs to train them, and this can be really complicated in big corporations where there are many rules, protocols, and specifics in various positions. The webinar format only needs to be done once, and you can even create several versions tailored to different skill levels, which can be used repeatedly for future hires.

This means more people can access the information and it is more likely that the information will be understood. Once the webinars have been created, there are no other costs for the company, making them a very cost effective and useful way of delivering complex information.

Posted by Jarek Wasielewski

Jarek is the Content Manager at ClickMeeting. He is responsible for providing educational contents for current and prospective users.