Training videos are a great way to keep your employees up to speed on new guidelines and changes coming to your restaurant. Videos are easier to film and more cost effective than ever then ever. They are also a great way to reduce paper waste and go green. There are cons to using videos, but with a little planning, you will reap the benefits.
- Low Attention Span- Most people have high speed internet for their personal use, and they expect it from the equipment they use at work. If your video won't load because it takes too long to buffer, your employees will quickly zone out. Research shows that if a video takes longer than 2 seconds to load, viewers will lose interest and move on to something else.
- Bandwidth- Most restaurants require little bandwidth to run their business, but if you plan on streaming videos, you'll need more. Many necessary functions such as your security system and credit card machines could be interrupted while employees are attempting to reference video. Why is may sound easy, upgrading a network with a large restaurant can be costly and take years. One way to get around this is by using a video system that doesn't need to rely on bandwidth for viewing videos. A video content management systems that automatically distributes video down to mobile devices during off hours to live locally vs. online.
See how Blaze Pizza has overcome some of these bandwidth challenges
- Scheduling- You don't have to schedule a trainer to always be present to conduct your training when you integrate video. Employees can onboard and learn as needed vs. planning training sessions in clumps. By using mobile training technology, employees can access video and training as needed.
- Attention Grabbing- The millennial generation will soon unseat the baby boomers as the largest generation in America. Since Millennials and Generation Z make up most of your workforce, it's important to remember that they have grown up with technology. Even generations that didn't grow up with technology have grown accustomed to it. You can hand your employees a paper training manual, but the chances of them reading it is low. By showing a training video, especially one that contains no elevator music, your employees will be more apt to watch. Data shows that 95% of people who view a video accurately remember the information up to three days later.
- Go Green- Paper waste in any industry is enormous, and the restaurant business is no exception. Cash registers print paper receipts, menus are made of paper, and most documentation from taxes to training manuals is printed out. By using videos for training, you can take the first step towards going green and saving not only paper waste but money.
If you are interested in learning more about implementing mobile technology into your business, check out our guide "6 Actionable Ideas for Driving Employee Enablement Through Mobility" today.