Training your contact centre staff is essential to conveying your brand’s message, delivering outstanding customer service, create a knowledge base in your company and motivating your staff. However, for many contact centres, training is limited to learning how to use systems and listening in to calls next to a more experienced agent for days. Continue reading
First things first, what is shrinkage? Shrinkage is the amount of time an employee isn’t available to work during paid time. As far as contact centres are concerned, this means not being able to take calls. Continue reading
For large organisations and companies, handling calls is a sizeable part of their budget and call centres are often scrutinised to find areas where savings can be realised.
A common strategy is to reduce staff, but this also usually has the unwelcome effect to lower the quality of the customer service you can provide. The trick is therefore to reduce telephone demand effectively so that you need fewer agents without compromising on service. Continue reading
The quality of service provided by your contact centre will be highly dependent on being adequately staffed. Too few agents will lead to longer waiting times, but too many will affect your profit, so how do you find the right balance? Continue reading
Unless it is a legal obligation in their industry, SMEs are often reluctant to record customer calls. They may hesitate for financial reasons, because they doubt that they will be useful or because they are unsure whether doing so is legal. Continue reading
Google are doing it. So are Deloitte, Cisco and Microsoft.
What is ‘it’? They use gamification to improve staff motivation and performance. We know that working in a contact centre can be demanding and that it is essential to keep your agents fresh. Gamifying in business is about using game principles to turn repetitive tasks into challenges with meaningful rewards. Doesn’t it sound like the ideal solution to galvanise your agents? Continue reading
As soon as a business starts having a significant number of customers getting in touch with them comes the question of how to prioritise those contacts. A perpetually engaged line will put off clients, as will having to wait an unreasonable amount of time for an agent to become available for your chat service or to answer emails. It becomes therefore essential to consider call routing quite early on. Continue reading
There will always come a time when a company needs to invest heavily to upgrade technology or infrastructure so as to keep their contact centres efficient. However, there is also a myriad of low-cost improvements that will make a world of difference to customer satisfaction. Continue reading
Contact centres are often perceived by businesses as ‘cost centres’, and they are often under pressure to be ever more ‘productive’ or, in other words, be less expensive to run. This is why Cloud technology has been met with such enthusiasm by call centres –and other industries– as it reduces set-up costs. However, savings are only one of the aspects in which the Cloud is beneficial, especially for small and medium businesses. Continue reading
Complaints are never pleasant to hear but they are a reality of customer service. No matter how committed you are to excellence, no business will ever be able to please everybody all the time. Continue reading