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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

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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Tags: abandon rates, agent activity, agent productivity, business objectives, call handle time, call volume, customer satisfaction, customers, forecasting, historical data, KPI, metrics, real-time data, real-time monitoring, reports, scheduling, service levels, statistics, trends, TSF

Measure for Success

A lack of data is not likely a problem for your business. In fact, your contact center may have volumes of data about how many calls it gets in a day, how long callers waited to be answered, how many callers gave up waiting before they were answered, and so on. While these statistics are certainly valuable to you on a individual basis, you may want to consider leveraging further. Many businesses have found value in using statistics as metrics for key performance indicators. In other words, you can measure activity in the contact center to determine whether it is meeting higher-level business goals.

Let’s look at an example. A business in a very competitive market wants to keep as many customers as possible while giving new customers a positive experience.  One of the objectives for this business, then, is to maintain a relatively high customer satisfaction rate.  While this business objective affects all of its organizations, customer-facing units such as sales and support need to be particularly aware of changing conditions that could decrease customer satisfaction. Responding quickly and appropriately to these changes can mitigate any short-term concerns before they become long-term headaches. Read more of Measure for Success

Tags: abandon rates, first call resolution, KPI, metrics, statistics, TSF