Training videos are a great way to communicate the internal company policies, procedures and workplace culture to new and existing staff.
This year I was approached by Wagners to produce 19 internal Training videos. An exciting project for me as in my previous career I have worked as a workplace trainer & assessor. My passion for training and filming could now come together.
I remembered from my training days at Australia Post that we made use of many training videos. They helped to break down the monotony of verbal and power point presentations. Training videos were also much more effective at showing the bigger picture as well as covering on the finer topics. The combination of visuals and audio also made it easier to recall key messages. There was also a strong sense of what the workplace culture was like and I believe this is a key for this type of videos.
I met with the Wagners Safety and HR managers to discuss the strategy for the project. I was happy to find out that there was a strong safety culture at Wagners on all levels. With this in mind, I suggested that we interview staff across all levels of the company rather than just the Management team. The reason for this was to create ownership, to demonstrate the depth of the culture and also to gain invaluable, authentic perspectives on safety, quality, environment and people culture.
The approach to filming the training videos was approved, and with a base structure in place, we set out to interview Wagners internal staff. The idea was to film each person in their natural environment, without scripts, as this would provide us with genuine and heartfelt answers.
Filming for 14 days across the Wagners divisions from Brisbane river all the way to Toowoomba, we were constantly amazed by the involvement of staff and the insights they had. Everyone was eager to talk to us and also eager to see the final product which is a success.
The resulting training videos demonstrate a strong workplace culture which can be found on any level within the company. Wagners can be proud of what they have achieved and induct new staff with these authentic videos, or promote themselves to the larger community.
Some of the topics covered throughout the video series are safety, golden rules, environment, quality, return to work policy, harassment, bullying and work life balance.
It was a success for me too. Throughout the filming of the project, I was able to reconnect with my training & safety mind, I met many wonderful people, filmed for the first time from a helicopter and was asked to do further work for Wagners.
Many thanks to Andrew MacQueen, Head of Safety, Environment and Quality for his constant support, guidance and friendship.
The above video is the first in the series and it is an introduction to Wagners, for all the training videos, click on the link Wagners
To find out how I can help your company to produce training videos, please contact me here – Gabriel