Agent Workforce Optimization: The Step-By-Step Guide
Posted on October 17, 2022
Get tips and strategies on agent workforce optimization. Technology helps agents be productive and efficient in your contact center.
Millions of workers quit their jobs during the Great Resignation. But contact centers don’t need to face the brunt of this movement – find out why.
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems are critical to every contact center. Anyone that’s ever called customer support knows the drill. They can be very helpful tools for customers, providing quick answers to questions or getting them to the right agent. On the backend, they are extremely valuable to contact center operations for routing and enabling self-service.
Every business wants to be responsive to customer needs. Today’s customers now engage providers in various channels, and being able to track, monitor, and address these interactions is paramount to customer satisfaction. CMLS Financial, Canada’s largest, independently-owned mortgage company, shared their story with us about leveraging cloud-based contact center software to serve customers better.
Credit Canada’s Keith Emery shares the journey of his nonprofit credit counseling service and its successful transition to a hosted contact center solution.
Contact center managers regularly monitor their teams to ensure the utmost productivity in delivering fast issue resolution for customers with a friendly, approach. But what happens when the team, who may typically sit in the same office environment, suddenly becomes 100% work from home.
To ensure your remote contact center is able to handle peak volume times, you need to always have the right number of agents ready to answer calls. Adequate staffing is essential for providing callers the best possible customer experience. You also don’t want to make the mistake of overscheduling and wasting resources. So, what metrics should you look at to understand peak call volume?
For many companies, in as little a few days, business models shifted from tried and true operations to everything happening over the phone. We are all in uncharted ground, where distancing has become the prime directive and in-person interactions are by necessity curtailed. Phone call volume has soared to unprecedented levels, resulting in widespread busy signals, and the demand seems unlikely to abate any time soon.
Many healthcare institutions are faced with a sudden and dramatic increase in patients without the help of additional resources. They have the same number of doctors and nurses on staff but are now dealing with hundreds of thousands of inquiries due to the pandemic. So how do you streamline your operations to handle this increase, all while enabling remote care teams to provide telehealth services? L.A. County Department of Health Services faced this very scenario and knew they had to scale their contact center fast in order to meet demand.
The new paradigm isn’t coming – it’s already here. Across North America, caller volume to hospitals, clinics, and health services lines is spiking to record highs. The influx exceeds most estimates, often overwhelming available resources and causing long wait times, unanswered calls, and frustrated patients.
Contact centers that embrace the “remote-enable” paradigm aren’t bound by geographic restrictions. Cloud contact centers can have agents not only in different rooms – but in separate buildings, cities, states, or even different countries.
Being able to give your customers a seamless experience when they reach out to your business is a huge competitive advantage. With the right contact center software, you have the power to create efficient interactions, meaningful insights, productive teams, and an overall superior customer experience.