7 Things to Know About Employing Remote Call Center Agents

It’s common for call centers to have at-home, remote agents.  Convenience and lower cost are just two of the benefits to having employees who work from home. What do call centers need to know about employing and managing their agents who aren’t in-house, though? Read on to find out.

1. Hiring remote workers can potentially cut business costs by limiting office space.

2. By allowing agents to work where they’re most comfortable, productivity can go up, according to Forbes. The key to this is hiring...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part VI

For most businesses that haven’t already migrated their contact center to the cloud, the ultimate decision that needs to be made is not “whether” to take the step, but “why” and “when.” While continuing to acknowledge the cost and productivity benefits of making the transition, solution providers can also provide a plethora of additional incentives, including dramatically enhanced flexibility, creating a competitive advantage and increased functionality. As always, cloud solutions were plentiful...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews- Part IV

Businesses are seeking innovative contact center solutions that enable them to engage customers via an expanded range of functionalities. Companies want their multichannel campaigns to deliver a consistent yet individualized message across every touch point, and even have the capability to bridge the gap between digital and print media.  Organizations also wish to be able to track calls, send out SMS and voice broadcast messages and deploy predictive dialing solutions that offer...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews Part III

Keeping employees engaged and motivated are the most important factors in establishing and maintaining a productive, effective contact center workforce.  Intelligent onboarding and consistent leadership are critical elements in the process. Some people in the industry also think of gamification as a powerful set of solutions to decrease turnover and improve productivity while others remain skeptical. In the next in our series of reports from Call Center Week, we offer perspectives from a pioneer...

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Call Center Week - Reviews and Interviews - Part II

One of the key measurements of success in any contact center environment is achieving a higher level of customer satisfaction. Businesses are increasing their use of sophisticated knowledge management tools, behavioral analytics, and contact center technologies to better engage their customers while improving agent performance and productivity.  Companies are seeking solutions that offer ease of implementation, flexibility and the potential for rapid ROI.  In this report on emerging...

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Call Center Week - Review and Interviews - Part 1

Call Center Week, widely recognized as one of the industry’s most comprehensive educational and product information events, continued its pattern of growth in 2014.  The event took place in Las Vegas June 9-13, with approximately 1,500 call center professionals, including experts from more than 150 exhibitors gathering at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to exchange ideas, explore emerging technologies, hear from leading authorities, and discuss what’s working in contact centers across a broad...

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4 Contact Center Myths

Misconceptions about contact centers can get in the way of customer experience. In order to deliver the best service possible, management has to be clear about the benefits of call centers while dispelling these four common myths.

Myth #1: Contact Center Agents Don’t Actually Care About Customer Service

Since agents are the first people who customers talk to when they have a problem, it’s understandable that they’re also the first blamed. In truth, contact center reps are just as invested in the...

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inContact Ups the Game in Contact Center WFO with Acquisition of Uptivity

In a bold move to increase its already substantial presence in the marketplace, contact center software/agent optimization tools provider inContact has announced the acquisition of WFO specialist Uptivity. Based in Columbus, OH, Uptivity (formerly known by its still-official business name CallCopy Inc.) provides a complete mid-market WFO suite which encompasses speech and desktop analytics, agent coaching, call and desktop recording, as well as quality, performance, workforce management and...

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Contact Center Workforce Management

Maintaining a consistent working environment helps to provide dependable service to customers while supporting a stronger productive attitude. Managing your workforce uses key fundamental principles that other human resource programs utilize; however, these principles have been adjusted to apply better in scenarios specific for contact centers. Identifying employee challenges provides key information for building a strong, grounded strategy for unexpected situations.

Employee Talents

It is...

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Solution Providers Take a Closer Look at the Key Factors Governing the Adoption of Cloud Contact Center Technology

For most organizations, the key questions about moving their contact centers to the cloud are “When can we do it?” and “How can it best be accomplished?” as opposed to “Is it the right step?” But even in a business environment where companies are striving to meet rising customer expectations for responsive service on any channel they choose and looking to increase flexibility and agility, practical questions on logistics, costs and capabilities must be addressed before organizations make a...

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Tools for Improving Workforce Optimization

In order to achieve and take your business to higher levels, you need to improve workforce optimization. What is workforce optimization? It is the compilation of workforce management, quality, and performance using management tools to benefit your business. So how do you do this within your business? Here are a few ways to start:

Gamification-  the use of games and a "fun environment" to create an atmosphere of fun and enthusiasm among workers. Google does this best. They have an environment that... continue reading this post »

Quality Assurance For Contact Centers Improves Customer Outcomes

Quality assurance is a significant component of every product and service to ensure continuous success of the business.  However, ensuring that customers are receiving outstanding service from contact center agents can be a cumbersome responsibility.

The first step begins at the hiring and training stage. Evaluating potential candidates for essential customer service skills can be assessed through a readiness questionnaire or workforce tools to ensure interviewees are highly motivated and...

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Why doing Performance Management without Interaction Analytics Feels like a Wild Goose Chase

It’s Not an Exact Science

Measuring agent performance has never been an exact science. I should know. I spent years managing agents, attempting to provide the constructive coaching my agents needed to meet their goals and provide the best possible service to our customers. Unfortunately, not having the information needed to do so often proved to be a nearly insurmountable challenge.

Here’s how this process always worked for me -  I suspect many of you reading this will be nodding your head as...

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SpeechTEK/CRM Evolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part III

Are businesses doing all they can to ensure that their technology investment is well spent? How can virtual agents become important contributors to voice-of-the customer feedback? Is visual IVR the future of customer engagement? What speech, language and voice technology solutions are making a difference in the marketplace? Find out answers to these questions as we continue to review companies who were making news at the New York event.

Empirix At a time where companies are making major...

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SpeechTEK/CRMEvolution/Customer Service Experience Review - Part II

While some companies made major product announcements during the event, some made announcements prior to the conference, while others are waiting until Fall before rolling out new platforms, fine-tuning their brands and making internal changes.

Several conference sponsors discussed their plans and reported on their progress:

Five9 is coming off a record second quarter in 2013, having raised $34.5 in private funding and increasing revenue to new levels. The high-profile cloud contact center...

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