3 Keys To Providing Effective Feedback To Your Call Centre Reps

As any call centre manager knows (or should know), providing feedback to call centre phone agents is an integral part of promoting business success. It’s of vital importance that employees who work on the phone are given regular tips about how to better overcome objections, provide accurate answers and calm irate customers. As well, advice on how to boost sales is always a big help!

But what are the keys to making the feedback you provide as effective as possible? Here are three:

1. Use the “sandwich technique”.

At SIClytics, we’ve long heralded the act of placing negative feedback in between two slices of positive feedback. It’s important to remember that your employees are people – people with feelings. The more you do to support their emotional well-being, the better at their jobs they will be. There’s no question about it. When offering your feedback, be sure to include ample amounts of praise while also helping out with areas of concern.

On TalkDesk.com, Shauna Geraghty champions this technique. “Start the coaching session with something they have recently improved, are consistently doing well, or a strength,” she advises, “This will put the agent at ease and increase the likelihood that they will be receptive to what comes next. After you provide negative feedback, make sure you end the coaching session on a positive note by again highlighting something they are doing well.”

2. Accept feedback from your reps in return.

All feedback sessions should be two-way streets. It’s important to hear, directly from your phone agents, about any issues they may be having. Remember that they are on the “front lines”, speaking directly to your customers on a daily basis. They are aware of the needs, concerns and requests of your customer base. Hearing them out will help you to develop even better business practices.

“When you’re giving feedback, listen to your agents,” advises Texas-based Electronic Voice Services, “There may be a reason they do things a certain way even though it violates your company’s policy — a reason you need to know about so you can address it. Once you’ve discussed the behaviours you want an agent to change, work with them to create an action plan to bring about the desired changes.”

3. Participate in some role play.

If you’d like to see just how effective your feedback has been, engage your phone agent in a make-believe call to see how well he/she has adjusted. It’s a good way to test just how much his/her performance has been enhanced by your help. Naturally, you can use the exercise to correct any mistakes or offer extra pieces of advice that will help your rep on actual calls.

“Start by selecting a recent interaction that they had with a customer that could be optimized,” suggests Geraghty, “Then, role play that scenario making the agent the customer and you the agent. Once the agent has an understanding of what you would say in that situation, switch roles. When they are role playing the agent, provide them with helpful feedback so they can tweak their approach accordingly.”

To provide you with greater ease in delivering feedback, SIClytics offers Live Call Monitoring services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

4 Benefits Of Monitoring The Calls Of Your Phone Agents

As a call centre manager, it’s your job to ensure that your team is running like a well-oiled machine. And to ensure that you’re using enough of the right oil, you need to be on top of the performances of each member of your team. It’s not an easy feat, is it? Depending on the size of your call centre and/or the size of the team you manage, you may not be able to monitor each of your employees on a regular basis.

However, the importance of call monitoring in a call centre environment cannot be understated. There are numerous benefits to monitoring the calls of your phone agents. Here are four:

1. It will significantly boost employee morale.

Believe it or not, your agents want your help. They need to know what they’re doing wrong just as much as they’d like to hear what they’re doing right. Don’t forget that offering praise when it is due is a big part of your job as well. When you listen to calls and are able to pinpoint excellent examples of customer service and/or effective sales techniques, it gives you opportunities to publicly applaud the efforts of your well-performing agents. This provides a motivating factor for everyone on your team.

2. It will help to improve performance.

Naturally, an important reason to monitor the calls of your agents is to discover areas where they need some help. When listening to their calls, you’ll be able to quickly ascertain whether or not they are answering questions correctly, providing accurate information about your products and services or successfully overcoming objections to sales pitches. Offering your feedback based on what you hear, of course, will help your team members improve their performances going forward.

3. It will increase customer satisfaction.

One of your most important goals is to grow your customer base and to have it include people who are only too happy to work with your business. One way to do that is to ensure that each and every one of your phone agents is adept at providing friendly, knowledgeable service. When you monitor calls in order to correct some of the mistakes made by your agents, you’ll inevitably get everyone on the same page. This will help for excellent customer service to be provided across the board – resulting in increased customer satisfaction.

4. It will grow your sales.

At the end of the day, your goal is to generate greater revenue for your company. A call centre that works like the aforementioned well-oiled machine is bound to do that. Without monitoring the calls of your phone agents, you won’t know exactly how to improve performances in order to maximize the potential for them to make sales. Your expertise goes a long way. By offering your feedback following the monitoring of your calls, you will build a stronger sales team.

At SIClytics, we proudly offer Live Call Monitoring services that enable you to listen in to calls live and as they happen! The service also allows you to whisper information to your agents while they are on their calls and barge in on the calls if absolutely necessary. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

Feedback Needs To Go Both Ways In Call Centre Environments

We’ve posted many a blog about the importance of providing feedback in call centre environments. At SIClytics, we know that call centre managers have tough jobs. It’s up to them to keep their teams of phone agents motivated each and every day. And, as part of their jobs, they must provide the type of feedback that is able to both be critical of past performances and encouraging in order to produce better results.

Phone agents, however, deserve the right to provide as much feedback as they receive. After all, they’re the workers who are on the “front lines”, speaking directly to customers on a daily basis. If anyone knows how customers feel about the businesses they have relationships with, it’s the phone agents that have conversations with them. A smart call centre manager is always willing to hear what his/her agents have to say about the ways in which business practices can be improved.

It’s important to have an open door policy.

On Inc.com, Ilya Pozin explains that making call centre employees feel comfortable speaking with their superiors fosters more productive workspaces. She quotes Justin Beegel of Infographic World, Inc., who describes the open door policy he has at his business. As part of the policy, the company insists on a showcasing a mutual respect between all co-workers.

“It’s amazing how a simple ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ fares with employees,” says Beegel, “We simply speak to staff the way we would want to be spoken to. We also have an open-door policy when it comes to suggestions and ideas. When employees feel that their voice matters, they in turn feel confident about their positions in the company and that they have more at stake than just a paycheck.”

Senior management needs to be involved in the feedback process.

If you’re truly going to implement an open door policy at your place of business, employees from every level need to be involved. That includes senior management. It should go without saying that positive reinforcements from the “big wigs” can be quite motivational for your staff. CallCentreHelper.com believes that senior managers should get in on the act of passing along positive feedback.

“You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your staff feel motivated and valued,” notes the site, “Quite often a telephone call from a senior manager congratulating a team member on a ‘good week’ is equally as effective as an offer of a training course or gift voucher.”

Utilize the right tools to provide the best feedback possible.

At SIClytics, we offer call centre managers the unique experience of being able to listen to the calls of their phone agents live and offer feedback while doing it! Our Live Call Monitoring service enables you to whisper information to phone agents without the other parties on the line hearing it. The service has been proven to both significantly boost productivity and improve customer satisfaction!

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

The Importance Of Listening To Your Telemarketers’ Calls Live


To a call centre manager, listening to the calls of his/her telemarketing staff is a regular part of the job. However, in the past, playing back call recordings was the standard way to monitor performance. Shortly after the calls were completed, call centre managers would listen back to pick out any instances when some assistance would have been helpful. The benefits to listening to call recordings included the ability to pause and rewind parts of the calls to ensure what was being heard.

The drawbacks, however, were many. Not the least of which was the fact that problems that may have occurred during the phone calls weren’t resolved during the first points of contact. Had the calls been listened to live, the call centre manager may have had the opportunity to step in right away, offer the required additional assistance and leave the customer with a much better taste in his/her mouth about his/her interaction with the company.

What are the major benefits of listening to calls live?

Well, let’s begin with the obvious. Immediate help is the best kind of help you can get. Customers appreciate when their questions are answered, their concerns are addressed and their problems are resolved – right away! Having to wait for a call back or even having to be placed on hold can be enough of an annoyance to send a customer to the competition. To vastly improve customer satisfaction, live call monitoring is practically mandatory.

Let’s not forget that with the immediate feedback you’re able to provide your phone agents, you’re bound to improve their performance. Arguably, there’s no better way to be better at your job than to learn on the job. By receiving help right away, your agent will be better equipped to handle similar situations in future – unassisted. Not to mention, phone agents tend to be on their toes when they know their managers are listening to their calls live.

Live call monitoring increases your phone agents’ credibility.

Better agent performance is just one of the many reasons that live call monitoring is so important. Improved efficiency, cost savings and increased credibility are other benefits to listening to your telemarketers’ calls live. On LinkedIn.com, U.K.-based entrepreneur, Chris Walthew explains that live call monitoring helps you to hear the credibility of your telemarketers on the phone.

“Regardless of your product/services, you want to ensure that the telemarketer representing your company is credible,” he writes, “Do they have enough knowledge of your company? Are they maintaining the level of professionalism that you expect from anyone representing your company? Through live listening, you can double check that the telemarketer is representing your company well.”

At SIClytics, we provide Live Call Monitoring services that enable you to instantly listen in to the live calls of your phone agents to hear what’s happening in real time. You can also use the feature to whisper information to your phone agents without the other parties hearing it. As well, the service allows you to barge into live calls in the event that they need to be taken over!

For more information about our Live Call Monitoring services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

Is There Such A Thing As Providing Too Much Positive Feedback?

You’ll never hear us advise a call centre manager to refrain from providing positive feedback to his/her phone agents. At SIClytics, we’re strong believers in promoting energetic working environments where morale is kept high. As the vast majority of employers are well aware, a happy staff is a productive staff. So, you can never really do enough to keep the people who work for you in good moods. Or can you?

Is it possible to give too much positive feedback?

According to Charles Rogel on Decision-Wise.com, it’s important to mix it up. Positive feedback is necessary. An employee engagement survey conducted at Rogel’s business found that most managers are poor at providing recognition and this leads to employee disengagement. However, employees do need structure, assistance and forms of feedback that help them know how to improve upon their performances.

“Ideally, to optimize engagement and motivation, managers should provide five compliments for every criticism,” recommends Rogel, “Recognition fails if it is not sincere or relevant. Forcing a compliment for the sake of recognition is transparent and will cause more harm than good. On the other hand, by focusing on seeing the good people do and by providing sincere compliments (even for expected work), you will brighten days and reinforce positive behaviour.”

For feedback to be effective, it must be sincere.

Perhaps, the idea isn’t to limit the amount of positive feedback you give, but to ensure that it is provided only when appropriate. If a “good for you” or a “job well done” is handed out for every little thing your employees do, the recognition won’t mean as much. It trivializes the importance of their work. Furthermore, it gives your office that kindergarten appeal where everyone gets a “sticker” for participating in an activity – not exactly the makings of a successful workforce.

Randy Hain of The Huffington Post agrees that positive reinforcements are necessary, but not at the expense of constructive criticism that can help employees stay on their toes. “Encouragement itself is not a bad thing,” he writes, “But too much encouragement, plus the absence of candid advice, can potentially cripple the job search efforts of the friends we care about and ultimately delay them finding employment.”

Look at praise the way you would look at food or medication.

Sound like a strange request? Well, consider the fact that we all need to eat nutritious foods to live healthfully. And when absolutely necessary, we may require medicine to overcome ailments. Of course, in these cases, too much of anything is bad for you. We can only eat so much. And, of course, no one should take more meds than is prescribed. According Mark Tyrell, on Unk.com, it’s the same with giving praise.

“What strength of dose is required?” he asks, “How often should it be administered? Constantly praising someone to the skies can make them addicted to praise. Addiction to praise can be as destructive in its way as any other addiction. It can make you incapable of doing anything effectively without your ‘fix’.”

At SIClytics, we offer Live Call Monitoring services to help call centre managers learn exactly how much feedback is necessary to give their phone agents. Whether it’s positive reinforcements for strong performances or words of advice to help better their work, feedback is a necessary part of every employer’s job.

For more information about our Live Call Monitoring services, please don’t hesitate to call SIClytics at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

Employee Morale And Customer Satisfaction Go Hand In Hand


It’s not hard to conclude that in order to truly satisfy your customers, you need to have happy employees. After all, with your customers regularly interacting with the members of your phone staff, it should go without saying that positive experiences will only be had if all parties are in pleasant moods.

“Employees shape the experience a customer has with your company each time they have contact, making employees the most memorable voice of your brand as they constitute the actual brand,” says Maggie Kalahar of ForeSee Results, “It’s people who ultimately deliver your brand promise. It does not make a difference what you tell your customers about your brand if those who actually encounter the customer don’t deliver the values consistently.”

Sufficient training is a key ingredient to a happy and productive staff.

No matter the job, employees like to know what they’re doing. They need to feel confident that they are capable of handling their everyday tasks. When your agents feel as if they haven’t been given all the tools of the trade, they will lose enthusiasm towards their jobs. The worse they feel about their roles, the less successful they will be in making their customers happy.

“Each company has different values and goals, so it’s crucial that employees understand exactly what is expected of them and how they need to go about doing it,” says Michael Miller of The McQuaig Institute, “They must be able to adapt to certain behaviours – face-to-face customer approaches or phone training –in order to keep customers happy. Every employee of a company must follow these same protocols and have the passion to succeed. Otherwise, service can suffer.”

It’s important to diminish stress levels in your working environment.

It’s no secret that working the phones is a hard job. Your call centre reps take hundreds of calls every day. And not every one of them will be with cheerful individuals. Managing customer complaints while attempting to keep sales numbers high is a juggling act even the most talented of salespeople can have trouble with. It’s up to you to introduce stress-relieving services in your place of business.

“Access to any services aimed at stress reduction, such as message therapy, may prove popular among workers, helping to boost morale,” informs Miller, “Discount membership at an exercise club or swimming pool may also help employees develop more low-stress lifestyles.”

Never underestimate the power of feedback.

Your employees need to know how they’re doing. Schedule regular feedback sessions so that you can offer sound words of advice as well as appropriate praise for jobs well done. Acknowledging the successes of your staff members will encourage them to strive for even better results. And providing tips when necessary will help them to avoid repeating past mistakes.

At SIClytics, we provide call centre managers with the perfect feedback tool! Our Live Call Monitoring services enable you to instantly listen in to live calls to hear what’s happening in real time. As well, you can use the feature to whisper information to your phone agents without the other parties hearing it. This immediate form of feedback works to boost both employee performance and customer satisfaction on the spot.

Finally, our Live Call Monitoring services enable you to barge into live calls in the event that they need to be taken over. If you’re looking to boost both employee morale and customer satisfaction, a stronger ability to provide immediate feedback is key. For more information about or Live Call Monitoring services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

3 Benefits Of Monitoring Employee Performance

Why is it so important to monitor the performances of your employees? Most business owners and managers would likely phrase the question a different way: Why wouldn’t you monitor the performances of your employees? Naturally, you always want to make sure that your employees are performing at their best. And, this is certainly true within a call centre environment where there are many opportunities to assist phone reps thanks to the numerous calls they make every day.

Monitoring employee performance has many benefits. Here are three:

1. It assists new hires with getting over their learning curves.

It’s hard to dispute that the employees who require the most amount of monitoring are the ones who are brand new to your business. After their training periods, you’ll want to make sure that you are paying close attention to their progress, or lack thereof. On Chron.com, Ruth Mayhew explains that when a new hire joins your workforce, it’s imperative that you take measures to acclimate them to their new roles.

“Employers generally provide guidance and closer oversight during the employee’s first few months of employment,” she writes, “During this time, your employee will likely encounter a learning curve. Learning new processes, meeting colleagues, participating on work teams and becoming accustomed to company policies and rules consume a great deal of time. Effective department leaders observe new employee performance so any deficiencies can be addressed right away.”

2. It boosts employee morale which, in turn, boosts productivity.

It’s widely known that the happier the members of your staff are, the better they will perform their duties. By monitoring your employees’ performances, you demonstrate an active role in their development. This helps them to feel secure in their roles as employees in your company, knowing that you support their wishes to be important contributors.

Joan Henshaw of Performance Objective Now believes that monitoring the performances of your employees shows that you appreciate them. She notes that it demonstrates how important you consider their work to be and how much you value their contributions to your business. “After all, why would you bother monitoring employee performance if you didn’t think that performance was valuable?” asks Henshaw, “I guess you wouldn’t. When you monitor performance you pay attention to your employee’s work and that, in itself, is motivational.”

3. It helps to improve customer service.

The most successful business owners provide their employees with all of the tools necessary to perform their duties effectively. This includes ample product and service knowledge. That way, business owners can be confident that the individuals they’ve hired to communicate directly with their customers are well-versed and competent. As Mayhew puts it, customer service and employee performance are interrelated.

“When your employees provide excellent customer service, they are exceeding job expectations,” she points out, “The popularity of your service or product is based, in part, on the level of service your customers receive. For businesses that provide services, your reputation is based almost solely on your employees’ performance. When your organization identifies its goals, consider the impact of performance management and employee performance.”

At SIClytics, we proudly offer Live Call Monitoring services that help call centre managers and owners to easily and effectively monitor the performances of all of their phone agents. With our incredible Live Call Monitoring services, you can both listen to live calls and whisper on-the-spot feedback to your reps during their calls. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

The Importance Of Providing Feedback To Call Centre Employees


A call centre employee is a very special individual. And, it can be argued that he/she doesn’t get enough credit. It’s certainly not easy to be on the phone for the majority of your work day. And this is especially true for call centre phone agents who make outgoing calls in efforts to generate sales. The word “no” is the most popular one they hear. So, the ability to overcome rejection becomes a big part of their jobs.

As a result, call centre managers have the very important job of keeping their phone agents motivated and energized. Providing regular feedback, therefore, is one of the most important daily tasks. Feedback comes in all forms. A call centre manager must offer tips and advice to help improve the performances of their agents while also offering words of appreciation, encouragement and acknowledgement of jobs well done.

When is the most appropriate time to deliver feedback?

You know the saying “there’s no time like the present”? That’s the best way to answer that question. Immediacy is key. When you monitor the phone calls your reps are taking, you get immediate understandings of how well or poorly they’re performing. There’s really no time to waste if you find areas of concern. It’s best to provide the feedback right away so your reps can improve on their very next calls.

“The best time for feedback is right away or as soon as possible after the event,” insists Carolyn Blunt on CallCentreHelper.com, “If it’s positive and you see it, then say it. If the agent is still on a call, a thumbs (up) and a smile may seem cheesy, but it sends the message very clearly that they are doing well. Critical feedback should be given one on one but in a way that seems natural. Rather than calling them into an office, see if you can speak to them on their own while getting a cup of coffee or walking to the break room.”

How important is body language and tone of voice when providing feedback?

Being a good communicator entails being able to convey a message that creates an intended result. If you want your phone agent to feel confident that he/she can perform his/her duties better after a feedback session, you’ll need to make sure that he/she hasn’t been made to feel intimidated or ridiculed. Be very mindful of your body language and tone of voice to convey both respect and your desire to help.

What are the most important aspects of feedback in a call centre environment?

Blunt insists that the three most important aspects of training are that it needs to be measurable, memorable and motivational. Feedback should be results-focused. Making it measurable means that you are looking for your phone agents to meet specific targets as a result of their training sessions.

Feedback should also translate into new behaviour, says Blunt. To make it memorable, phone agents must quickly put their training into action so that they can retain what they’ve recently learned. Feedback must also inspire energy and involvement. To make it motivational, it must be something that phone agents look forward to. “Training that is motivational will be most effective in creating new behaviour that can result in better performance,” she writes.

At SIClytics, we offer call centre managers and owners opportunities to provide feedback in ways that were previously unavailable. Our incredible Live Call Monitoring services enable you to listen to live calls live and as they happen. It functions as an excellent feedback tool as it also allows you to whisper information to your agents without the other parties hearing you!

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.

3 New Year’s Resolutions To Make For Your Call Centre

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With a new year almost here, most business owners are considering ways in which they can improve their companies. Yes, it’s New Year’s Resolutions time! No matter the industry you’re in, you’re bound to want to increase profits and drive up customer satisfaction. Of course, that includes call centre businesses who know – arguably more than anyone else – what it means to focus on driving both sales and customer satisfaction.

Here are three New Year’s Resolutions to make for your call centre:

1. I’m going to publicly acknowledge my staff members more often. Please, don’t ever underestimate the power of employee morale. Injecting energy and enthusiasm into your phone agents should be something you do on a daily basis. Perhaps, you missed out on doing that in 2016. When the calendar flips over, it will be time to – likewise – turn over a new leaf.

Acknowledge the great work done by your staff at your meetings and reward those who perform at high levels. This will encourage other members of your staff to follow suit and work harder in order to achieve the same accolades. In many cases, it will be wise to offer bonuses and incentives to your top performers. But, most often, a pat on the back and a genuine show of appreciation will go a long way in keeping your phone agents motivated to perform at their best.

2. I will offer feedback more regularly to my phone agents. The SIClytics Blog has very often championed the need for call centre managers to provide helpful feedback to their staff members. Remember that “helpful” feedback can be either positive or negative. Constructive criticism, advice and helpful tips will always be necessary in the call centre environment. Phone agents often need assistance in order to continually get better at their jobs.

What call centre managers know better than most team leaders in other business types is that monotony can really wear on people. Sales agents who constantly hear objections need reminders that things will eventually pan out. By learning new ways to overcome objections more effectively, answer questions more concisely and handle customer complaints more calmly, your team members will be become more confident and therefore more productive.

3. I will supply my team with the best tools to do their jobs effectively. In many cases, a phone agent can only perform as well as the technology that he/she uses allows him/her. Are you still using age old telephone equipment and having your staff members manually dial their leads? Are you still recording your calls and listening to them after your phone agents have ended them? Perhaps, it’s time to invest in new phone equipment and phone services.

“The customer service agent is the essential starting point of a chain reaction that will determine how effectively the company will compete, grow or retain revenues, build customer loyalty, and keep existing customers in order to survive,” says Guy Tweedale on CallCentreHelper.com, “It is important that these agents are given the tools necessary to enable them to deal with your customers.”

At SIClytics, we’re happy to help you realize each of these New Year’s Resolutions. We offer a fantastic Live Call Monitoring service that allows you to listen in to live calls and whisper feedback to your phone agents while they are on them. As well, we offer Lead DaFeeder which enables you to create, assign and distribute lead campaigns to your team using a web-based system that also allows for one-click dialing.

For more information about these and any other service that we offer, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com. Happy holidays!

3 Tips For Training New Call Centre Employees

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During the always-busy holiday season, customer service is more important than ever. Not only are most customers generally in a rush to get the information they need, there are generally a lot more of them calling your centre in order to get it. Your team needs to be regularly motivated in order to handle the influx of calls that they’re bound to get in the weeks to come. In last week’s blog, we listed a few key ways to keep your team of phone agents motivated.

In this week’s blog, we’d like to take a look at some ways you can train new hires to become part of your already-motivated team. It’s not uncommon for business owners to hire seasonal staff in order to help manage the higher call volumes that are in keeping with the holiday season. If you’re one of those business owners, you’ll need to step up both your hiring and training regimens this week.

Here are three tips for training new call centre employees:

1. Be clear about company goals and directives so as to empower decision making. The best call centre employees are the ones who are able to make sound decisions on behalf of the company. Of course, you’ll want those decisions to be based on what is best for your business. When you properly educate your new hires about your company goals and directives, they will be given the confidence to make decisions without asking for assistance.

“An agent that is provided with the appropriate tools to empower them to make decisions on behalf of the company is crucial,” says Miruna Mitranescu of Aircall, “A highly trained agent with the power of decision will not only ensure higher customer satisfaction, but will also enable single call resolution and thus result in a more positive customer experience. It’s all about encouraging agent buy-in, not only into the value-driven service their employer is providing, but also buy-in to the client brand that they are representing.”

2. Incorporate on-the-job experience. You can keep your new hires in a classroom for a week or two to provide them with as much information as they can handle. Or you can give them on-the-job training. Which of the two do you think will be more effective? There’s nothing like experience to give someone the confidence to do his/her job the right way. Sure, there may be some bumps in the road, but the actual performing of the job will help your new hires to be better equipped for their roles over the long haul.

“Handling calls during the initial training session is an activity that cannot be eliminated from the curriculum,” insists Mitranescu, “It is imperative that the new hires receive practice handling real-time calls. There is no substitute for this experience. Role-play is good, but real call handling is essential. Trainers should make sure that equipment works and is available for each ‘real-time’ call handling session. Operations should make this a priority.”

3. Listen to the calls being taken by your new hires. Once the official training sessions have been completed, be sure to not have your new hires feel like they are being thrown to the wolves. Monitor the calls of your rookie phone agents so that they can be given feedback about how they are handling questions and complaints. This will be an important step in making them comfortable with their abilities in their new positions.

Mitranescu recommends that you encourage upper management to listen to calls and praise your agents for their jobs well done. This will go a long way in boosting both employee morale and confidence. “It’s really important that he upper management team takes time each week to listen to calls and publicly praise the recognised agents with maybe a certificate or gift card for example,” she suggests, “The gents will feel incentivised to do their best.”

At SIClytics, we are big believers in the providing of regular feedback. Our Live Call Monitoring services allow call centre managers to listen to phone calls live and as they happen. In addition to monitoring, managers can whisper information to their agents to help them resolve potential issues on their calls. This helps to improve overall customer satisfaction and employee performance.

For more information about our Live Call Monitoring services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.