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The Secret to a Positive Company Culture

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Company culture has become an emerging incentive to join a new organization. However, employee empowerment is the true secret factor in creating a positive company culture. Without employees feeling appreciated for their dedication to their role, a healthy company culture cannot be cultivated.

Here are 3 ways employee empowerment results in a positive company culture:

1. Consistent communication is practiced.

70% of US employees are not engaged or are actively disengaged, according to a Gallup study. Communication plays a major role in inspiring your team towards achieving common goals. You can communicate using multiple mediums, such as: email, slack, phone conferencing, meetings, video, and more.

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Just this month in our office, we used our Ustream Align platform to broadcast our townhall for our employees located in Hungary. We have a townhall every Thursday to clarify company objectives, reveal achievements, and introduce our new employees.

2. Managers trust their employees expertise.

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The perk of hiring qualified employees is trusting them to fulfill their tasks without hindering their decision making. Some managers are known to micro-manage their team, rather than encouraging them to utilize their skillset that initially granted them their employment. Modifications can always be applied but it is critical to enable your workforce to produce their assigned projects freely. Employees that perform to the best of their abilities are the ones that feel valued and respected.

3. Project progress and deadlines are reviewed.

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In order to maintain company productivity, management must keep track of the progress of their workforce and deadlines. In our office, we use Asana for our weekly Marketing meetings to go over upcoming tasks and check-off finished projects. It is also a great method of aligning our workforce to be aware of how a particular task is essential for the completion of another. By reviewing responsibilities, employees are motivated to finish assignments on-time and deliver exceptional work.


All employees want to be appreciated for their efforts. Frequent communication plays an important factor in motivating your workforce. Management should enforce structure while providing employees the freedom of accomplishing their tasks as they deem necessary. In order to have a positive company culture, employees need to be appreciated.

Streaming Video Engages Employees on Any Device, Anytime, Anywhere

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As enterprises face the challenge of managing a global workforce, live streaming video is becoming a must-have resource. By live-streaming employee meetings, training and executive presentations, companies can deliver their messages in a format that unites teams across borders and allows real-time interaction.

According to a recent white paper by Wainhouse Research, more than half of all organizations surveyed (51 percent) reported than they have implemented online video in employee training applications, with 47 percent using video for executive presentations.

To support this growing trend, we recently launched Ustream Align, the industry’s easiest and most scalable video platform with enterprise-grade security. Enterprise clients now have a secure tool designed specifically for their various internal communications needs.

Employee Interaction

Live streaming video allows enterprises to communicate in real time with employees around the globe — and not just for big events like annual town halls. Ustream client Zuora, for example, broadcasts its weekly meetings to employees across nine time zones. “Ustream has been a big part of helping us keep that small company feel,” notes Zuora Founder and CEO Tien Tzuo.


Using streaming video for employee training allows enterprises to save thousands on travel, accommodations and facility rental fees. Unlike pre-recorded video, a live stream allows employees to have questions answered in real time, exchange ideas and even collaborate on solutions.

One organization making effective use of live video as an educational tool is online training destination CreativeLive. Each month, the company broadcasts up to 200 hours of live training sessions, attracting as many as 20,000 registrants for shorter trainings and 150,000 for multi-day events.

Executive Presentations

It takes more than an email to unite your team behind a mission. Streaming video enables CEOs and other top leaders to share their vision with employees in multiple locations using any device in real time, to answer questions, and to encourage discussion and debate.

As Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable recently noted, “Video, especially live, is a powerful medium to engage and communicate with a broad audience in a way that helps create a greater understanding and alignment with corporate goals.” By leveraging the power of live streaming video, enterprises can build a better-informed, better-trained and more highly engaged workforce that’s fully aligned with their goals for the future.

Engaging Your Team with Ustream Align

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In today’s global and mobile economy, team members are as likely to be located across an ocean as down the hall. With a workforce on the go and spread across multiple locations — even multiple continents — top leadership faces a unique challenge in the need to create a cohesive culture and to communicate their visions.

More and more executives are turning to live video streaming to help them communicate with their global teams on a personal level — without the travel expenses.

Ustream Align offers organizations a platform with enterprise-grade security for their all-hands meetings, executive chats, shareholder meetings, town halls, trainings and other internal communications. David Gibbons, Ustream VP of Marketing, will be giving a step-by-step product demonstration and sharing the best practices of our most successful Ustream Align partners, join us on June 25 for our next webinar, Using Ustream Align for Internal Communication Needs.

Inform, Educate and Inspire Your Team With Streaming Video

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It’s no secret that U.S. businesses are experiencing an engagement crisis. A recent study revealed that 70 percent of American workers are not actively engaged or are actively disengaged, leading to approximately $500 billion in lost productivity.

So, what’s an organization to do? Raise salaries? Increase benefits? Offer more vacation? Not necessarily.

A closer look shows that what’s missing from employees’ lives is engagement. 72 percent don’t understand their companies’ strategies, and 64 percent would like to hear from leadership more often.

That’s where live video comes in.

To find out how, join us on June 11 for our next webinar, Using Video to Inform, Educate and Inspire Your Team. You’ll learn the secrets of successful CEOs for

  • Crafting an effective internal communications strategy
  • Using video to share knowledge and empower employees
  • Producing effective internal video communications

Reserve your spot now

What Should Your Organization’s Leader Care About The Most?

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Forty years ago, the vast majority (83%) of a business’s market value was invested in tangible assets such as currency, equipment, land, and other property. Today, 84% of the market value of a business comes directly from its people:

  • their knowledge and skills
  • the services they provide
  • the products they build
  • the intellectual property they create

People represent the greatest investment and the largest expense of most organizations. Leaders must find and develop and retain the people they need, lead those people through the inevitable tough times that arise, and build an organization that is diverse and ready to meet the constant changes and challenges of the 21st Century. This is what keeps your CEO awake at night.

To be effective, today’s leaders must communicate effectively with the people they lead. No matter the worker’s age, education, or role within the organization, the more they know about the organization’s strategy, challenges, values, culture, and other attributes, the more engaged they are and the more they can contribute. Even more importantly, the more they WANT to contribute.

We hope that you will join Ustream on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific as we kick off a series of webinars that will:

  • Examine the value of effective communications within organizations
  • Outline the risks and results of a failure to communicate
  • Discuss examples of successful communicators and
  • Give you guidelines and practical advice on how to improve your organization’s internal communications

Register for the May 27 webinar: 3 Things CEOs Worry About the Most and How Communications Can Help”

Improve Employee Engagement Through Live Video (New Webinar)

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Did you know that, according to a recent Gallup survey, 70 percent of all American workers are either not engaged or actively disengaged from their jobs?

It’s not just a morale issue. Employee engagement is having an impact on their employers’ bottom line, with the cost of disengaged employees accounting for $450–$550 billion in annual losses of productivity each year.

To reduce the growing challenges associated with disengagement in the workplace, executives are looking for a new, more impactful means of connecting with employees … and finding it in live streaming video.

Live video offers a tool for improving internal communication and driving higher levels of engagement. By broadcasting town halls and other events, senior management can communicate more clearly, more consistently and across all areas of the organization. Employees have opportunities to interact directly with executives in real time, which helps them better understand the company’s mission and to “get on board” with leadership’s vision.

To explore the benefits of live video in building an engaged workforce, Ustream is presenting a live webinar, Improve Employee Engagement Through Live Video, on Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m. PDT. Webinar host David Gibbons, VP of Marketing at Ustream, will present a series of compelling reasons to integrate video into your employee communication strategy and highlight case studies about companies who are doing just that — with impressive results.

Join us on March 19 to find out how live streaming video can help you break the cycle of detachment and build a more engaged workforce. Grab your spot today!

Engage! Using Live Streaming Video to Build Employee Involvement

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Researchers from Deloitte recently asked more than 2,500 business and HR leaders to rate the urgency of numerous business issues, ranging from workforce capability to diversity and inclusion. No less than 79 percent of respondents rated the issue of employee retention and engagement as “urgent” or “important.”

And how are they doing on that front? Not so great, according to a separate survey by Gallup:

An alarming 70% of American workers are not showing up to work committed to delivering their best performance, and this has serious implications for the bottom line of individual companies and the U.S. economy as a whole.

What’s a CEO to do?

Smart leaders are realizing that, if employees are going to be engaged in their work, they need a direct line to top management. From the mailroom to the boardroom, employees need to know the organization’s mission, they need to know what success looks like, and they need to know that management cares — and they don’t want to read about it in an email.

That’s where live streaming video comes in.

Live streaming video offers employees real-time engagement with top leadership, whether those leaders are delivering prepared presentations or answering questions off the cuff at a virtual town hall. It builds a personal bridge that can fuel a whole new attitude toward the organization and the employee’s role within it.

Take a look at what Ustream client Zuora did when its employee base grew to span across nine time zones. By taking the company’s weekly meetings online via live video, Founder & CEO Tien Tzuo was able to bring Zuora’s workforce “under one virtual roof,” where employees could interact and ask questions in real time. “Ustream has been a big part of helping us keep that small company feel,” says Tzuo. “[It] allows us to create a really rich, interactive experience.”

How can live streaming video help you create a more engaged workforce? Learn more from by registering for our webinar “Business Use Cases for Live Video Streaming” here.