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2014

Three Reasons to Keep on Top of Telephone System Devices

Keeping tabs on the activity and performance of your call center, whether through real-time monitoring or historical reporting, means you can respond in a timely manner to changing conditions and identify issues that need correction early. There’s one caveat to keep in mind. All your diligence provides little value if the data you’re using is inaccurate.

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Tags: agent activity, agent productivity, best practices, call analysis, call flow, call lifecycle, call metrics, call tracking, call volume, database synchronization, metrics, monitor, real-time data, real-time monitoring, synchronization

Take a Fresh Look at Average Handle Time

Often, we look at particular statistics with a single focus, typically related to whether we’re meeting service levels or operating efficiently. It’s worth taking a fresh look at some of the more commonly-used statistics to see if we’re getting all the valuable insights they offer. Average Handle Time (AHT), for example, can be used to determine whether your team is meeting defined service levels and working efficiently. It can also be an important factor when forecasting call center staffing or identifying problems with the systems that support your agents.

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Tags: agent activity, agent productivity, average call handle time, backend systems, customers, first call resolution, forecasting, handle time, service levels, statistics

Re-queues: Maximize the Good and Eliminate the Bad

The systems that we use in our call centers are feature-rich to help us maximize the opportunities to keep operations efficient, particularly those that directly affect our response to customers. One of the most commonly‑used of these features is the ability to re-queue calls. Simply put, a re-queue occurs when a call is sent to an agent who can’t answer it within a few rings. Because you don’t want the customer to wait until that particular agent is available, the unanswered call is placed back in the queue to be answered—ideally—by an agent who is currently available or one who is available next. Read more of Re-queues: Maximize the Good and Eliminate the Bad

Tags: abandon rates, agent activity, agent productivity, call analysis, call volume, customer satisfaction, forecasting, real-time monitoring, reports, service levels, statistics, Training

Do More Even When You Think You’ve Done Enough

In the past, we’ve talked about how it’s critical to keep your agents motivated and engaged. Customer satisfaction is directly affected by whether your agents care to handle callers and their issues efficiently and professionally. We’ve provided some tips for increasing agent engagement, such as providing higher-value work and offering incentives during peak periods, as well as making sure agents aren’t over- or under-worked. Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges to keeping agents motivated and engaged is the nature of the call center. Dealing with frustrated customers and their issues can, understandably, take a toll on even the most conscientious agents on your team. Read more of Do More Even When You Think You’ve Done Enough

Tags: agent engagement, agent productivity, best practices, customer loyalty, customer satisfaction, incentives, turnover

Use ASF to Assess the Service Level Provided by Queues

Last month, we looked at why the telephone service factor (TSF) is one critical measure of the level of service your agents offer. The efficiency of agents in connecting with your callers has a significant effect on customer satisfaction. Another important measure of service level is the answer service factor (ASF), which helps you assess the service level provided by queues. Read more of Use ASF to Assess the Service Level Provided by Queues

Tags: abandon rates, ASF, business objectives, call metrics, customer satisfaction, interflow, service levels, short abandons, statistics, TSF