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Monitoring Agent Activity

Too frequently, yet another story about poor call handling seems to be going viral on the Internet. Whether the story is humorous or an exposé of bad customer service, you certainly don’t want to see one of your agents in a starring role on YouTube.

In the article “Forget the Millennials, The Connected Consumer is Who You Should Be Chasing“, Shama Hyder talks about how the social web has empowered consumers to not only drive their own buying experiences but powerfully influence their peers. Hyder notes that simple and fast is no longer sufficient, they now demand personalized and proactive contact. While it has become important to develop strategies for managing what customers are saying about you on the Internet, ideally, you don’t want to give customers a reason to share their negative comments in the first place.

When assessing customer interactions with your contact center, the place to start is always with your agents. You hope that your company’s hiring practices have employed talented individuals who are committed to providing the best possible service. But on a day-to-day basis, how do you know what any agent is doing at any given time? Read more of Monitoring Agent Activity

Tags: agent, agent activity, agent productivity, call metrics, metrics, monitor, Real-Time

Enabling Your Modern Workforce

Today, we expect information on demand and at our fingertips. In the context of our increasingly mobile workforce, it’s particularly important that the information we rely on to make decisions is accurate, and available both where and when we need it. Read more of Enabling Your Modern Workforce

Tags: agent activity, agent productivity, business objectives, communication channels, customer satisfaction, KPI, metrics, mobile, monitor, real-time monitoring, reports, trends

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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Take Time to Understand Service Level Targets

Happy New Year. At this time of year, we often make personal resolutions intended to improve our sense of well-being. Your contact center likely has targets that help you determine whether you’re meeting or exceeding standards for service, which directly affect the well-being of your organization. This is a good time of year to review those targets and make sure they’re in line with expectations.

These targets are measured in terms of service level. Wikipedia defines that “service level measures the performance of a system. Certain goals are defined and the service level gives the percentage to which those goals should be achieved.” In a contact center, an important measure of the service level is defined by the telephone service factor (TSF). Read more of Take Time to Understand Service Level Targets

Tags: abandon rates, agent productivity, best practices, customer satisfaction, metrics, service levels, TSF

Three Ways to Improve Contact Center Service Levels with Historical Reports

Every minute of every day in our contact centers we monitor activity. Is the number of abandon calls increasing? Are agents spending too much time on individual calls? Are queues staffed appropriately for current call volumes? These are just a few of the questions we need to ask to stay on top of real-time activity—and take corrective action when necessary—if we want to meet or exceed expected service levels.

To complement real-time monitoring on a day-to-day basis, you may want to consider using historical reports. These reports provide information about past activity over various periods of time, giving you insights into evolving patterns. These insights are invaluable for identifying trends in activity that may turn into service degradation issues, giving you time to make the necessary adjustments to head them off.

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