When conducting business remotely, we operate frequently on video and rely on all things digital to communicate. In these virtual situations, we make impressions daily that ultimately impact business. Your virtual presence reflects the professionalism of your company.
Consider what happens at your company when:
Situations like these (and others) may not seem critical, but they can have a detrimental effect on relationships, opportunities and revenue. When employees fail to make optimal virtual impressions, the overall strength and success of their team—and your company—suffer too.
This is avoidable. While you may have provided initial guidance to your staff on how to set up their home offices and work remotely, it’s not enough. People develop habits for better or worse. Supporting employees with proactive, ongoing guidance to improve their virtual presence ensures that their habits don’t negatively impact business.
So, what exactly is virtual presence? It’s how people appear and interact online. Some components include how you:
Throughout your company, there are likely several areas requiring improved virtual presence. When deciding which teams or individuals to help first, consider who engages most with clients, prospects, referral sources, investors and other critical stakeholders. Then tailor their training to functional areas and position levels, while also aligning with corporate values and culture. Doing this positions your employees for better success and enables them—collectively and individually—to be stronger brand ambassadors.
Reinforce that how you come across when working remotely is a priority by strengthening your own virtual presence. Lead by example, ensure positive support by leadership and communicate the benefits. Your team will want to follow suit so they can benefit from it as well.
By helping your team navigate virtual business optimally:
When working remotely, how your team appears and interacts on screen carries greater influence in shaping business success than most think. Helping employees at every level improve virtual impressions will increase credibility, drive better relationships and generate more opportunities. It also strengthens your corporate brand.
Adopt firmwide strategies to navigate new digital norms and support your employees with training for long-term success. It will have a positive impact on your business.
Author's Note: A version of this article originally appeared on Financial Poise.