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MEDIA ALERT: New Report Shows the State of Virtual Leadership

November 14th, 2013

ON24 and ASTD Survey Examines the Rise of the Remote Workplace

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — November 14, 2013 — ON24, Inc., the global leader in webcasting and virtual communication solutions, has released a report examining the rise of the virtual workplace, training for virtual leaders, and broader virtual leadership trends. The research reveals that while businesses are increasingly moving towards a dispersed and global workplace, they do not yet have the necessary infrastructure in place to support the virtual work model.

Based on a survey of more than 500 managers by the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD), the report finds that while a large percentage of organizations allows employees to work virtually, the right training and resources are rarely provided. Available for download as a summary infopaper, the report includes findings that illustrate the pressing need for better infrastructure and management techniques for virtual employees, such as:

  • 99 percent of respondents said their organizations allow some or all of their employees
    to work remotely, while only 20 percent said their companies offer training on how to effectively lead a remote staff.
  • The greatest challenge in training virtual leaders is actually acknowledging that
    the training is necessary.
  • Conflicting cultural messages become a challenge when leading a global workforce.
  • Businesses which emphasize employee engagement benefit from using virtual communications solutions.
  • The key elements to being an effective virtual leader are engagement, trust and rapport.

About ON24, Inc.
ON24, the virtual communications platform for the global enterprise, provides interactive, impactful cloud-based solutions that drive outstanding results. ON24 offers a broad and innovative product portfolio, including webcasting, virtual events and virtual environments, accessible from any device and supported by robust reporting and analytics. Applications for the ON24 platform include demand generation, partner enablement, virtual talent onboarding and development, product launches, company town hall meetings and user conferences. More than 800 organizations, including IBM, CA Technologies, Merck, Unilever, JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, Amazon and SAP, rely on ON24. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout the world. For more information, visit https://www.ON24.com.