Call Center Agent Assessment for Today

February, 17 2020 3:29 pm

What makes a great call center agent? The problem with answering that question is that the correct reply might vary from center to center - and it will also be dramatically different than the answer might have been just a decade ago. It definitely makes call center agent assessment difficult! Here, we will take a look at some of the qualities that create an excellent agent. Use these as a guideline to form your own method of evaluating your employees. Call center agent asses...

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Who, What, When, Where - Call Center Data Management

February, 14 2020 3:29 pm

Data is bigger than it has ever been. In your contact center, that data can include all manner of sensitive and critically important consumer information - as well as a lot of useless data that you cannot use. Sorting the two apart and making use of what you need while also protecting consumer privacy is a delicate balancing act that can easily overwhelm centers that are not prepared for the task. This is why call center data management is so important. Without the tools and...

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Building a Resilient Call Center with Disaster Recovery

February, 13 2020 3:29 pm

No one ever truly plans for disaster. Sure, you can prepare for the worst, but foreseeing the future and the potential for things to go wrong? That’s just not something we can do at this point in history. That doesn’t mean you can’t ensure that your contact center will be strong in the face of one of these tragedies. No matter what happens, building an effective disaster recovery plan - which takes all possibilities into account - will help you create a resilient call ...

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Outbound Call Compliance and Automated Dialing - Friends or Foes?

February, 12 2020 3:29 pm

For outbound call centers, compliance with government regulations regarding consumer privacy and protection is essential. Noncompliance won’t just get your center into hot water - it can get your business shut down and land you in major legal trouble. Can you operate an outbound contact center in the post-TCPA era without worrying about this potential problem? Yes - if you and your staff understand outbound call compliance and how to work within the government guidelines. ...

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Are You Better Off With Low-Cost Call Center Technology?

February, 11 2020 3:29 pm

Investing in new technology can be intimidating. With many companies feeling budget constraints harder than ever, making the choice to pay more for technology can be a difficult one. These companies often feel that their best option is to choose low-cost call center technology. Are you really better served with less expensive software solutions? Can you do as much to serve your consumers and clients - and build your business - with these budget-friendly options? Is there suc...

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Your Path to Better Accounts Receivable Management

February, 10 2020 3:29 pm

Debt collection is a challenging profession to work in. Your agents speak to people every day who would probably rather not hear from them. They are seen as an aggressor or a “bad guy”, despite their training in managing exchanges politely and professionally. It can be very frustrating - and that’s just a typical day at the office! To make work easier and less stressful for your agents, your job as a manager is to provide them with the tools they need to make accounts ...

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Call Center Analytics and Reporting - What to Know

February, 7 2020 3:29 pm

‘Metrics’ is a hot word in the world of contact centers. These data sets are a major part of what companies use to better understand their clients and consumers, as well as to examine the work of their own agents. Call center analytics and reporting is a key element of success for any center hoping to continually improve and grow. How involved are your management staff in call center analytics and reporting? How are important metrics used in your center to improve perfor...

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Upgrading Your Inbound Call Center Software

February, 6 2020 3:29 pm

Does your inbound call center software need an overhaul? It can be easy to get into a rut with your software. If something has been working for you for the past few years, why change it? The truth is, a new decade is upon us and with it will come advances in technology that your center should be at the forefront of. If you don’t want your competitors to leave you behind in 2019, it’s time to take a fresh look at today’s best inbound call center software. You won’t k...

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Call Center Planning for 2020

February, 5 2020 3:29 pm

Are you ready for the new year? How about being ready to sail into a new decade, as you will be doing when the calendar turns over to 2020? If you’re not sure that you - or your contact center - are ready, perhaps you need some help planning for the future. Moving forward in time means moving forward with the way you’re doing things at your center. Technology is always changing and methods are always evolving along with it. Successful call center planning means taking th...

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How Your Agents Can Benefit from a Consolidated Desktop

February, 4 2020 3:29 pm

Take a look at your call center’s agents’ desktop. Are there multiple windows? Do various prompts lead them from one program to another, distracting them from the work they were already focused on? Is it easy to navigate from the call interface to the instant messaging or email interface and back? If these questions leave you wondering how your agents can get anything done, it might be time to consider a consolidated desktop. Too many contact centers suffer from decrease...

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