How Can You Make Life Easier At Your Call Centre?

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There’s no question that this is the busiest time of year for most businesses across Canada. As a result, it’s quite likely that the call volumes at your call centre have picked up. Needless to say, this can be stressful for your phone agents. Whether they are performing outbound calls or receiving inbound calls, it’s quite likely they are busier than ever. As a call centre manager, it’s your job to help your team to not lose its energy or slack on its dedication to excellent customer service.

What can you do to make life at your call centre easier? Start off with stepping up your feedback sessions. Always keep in mind that feedback is necessary for call centre agents. And we definitely mean both the good and bad kind. There really is no bad kind of feedback though. Constructive criticism and words of advice are important so that your agents can learn from their mistakes to become stronger at their jobs. However, you always want to offer words of appreciation for jobs well done.

Both types of feedback are needed to keep confidence levels high and performances at their best. The holidays are exciting times, but they can be stressful as well. With high call volumes, members of your staff can feel overwhelmed. When they get inundated with what feels like too many calls, it can impact their days in negative ways. People need breaks. Take your team members off of the phones for just a few minutes each day to provide them with some extra motivation.

How important are team meetings in the morning? During this time of year, those morning meetings are more important than ever. It’s wise to keep the moods of your staff members as positive as possible. The holiday spirit is something you need to inject in each member so that they are encouraged to do the same when they’re on the phone. The key to securing customer satisfaction is having the same type of high quality customer service every time your customers call.

It shouldn’t matter who your customers speak to, the type of customer service being received should be at the same high level. Morning meetings help to get everyone on the same page. Encourage your agents to share their concerns, ask questions and even offer up their own tips and advice. The more you encourage teamwork and team building in the morning, the easier everyone’s days should be.

How important is it to utilize modern calling technology? It should come as no surprise to you that, at SIClytics, we believe that the software you use to make your phone calls is of paramount importance to the success of your call centre. We offer a fantastic service known as Lead DaFeeder. It’s an easy-to-use web-based telemarketing software that allows even the most inexperienced computer users to manage campaign dialing and dispositions.

Lead DaFeeder rethinks how web-based technology can help small and medium-sized businesses manage their telemarketing, customer acquisition and political survey strategies. It delivers a feature-rich set of processes that enhances effectiveness, drives sales, improves customer satisfaction and provides insight into performance.

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

3 Ways To Keep Your Phone Reps Motivated During The Holiday Season

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We only have a week left in November. Unbelievably, the holiday season is practically here! In the business world, the holiday season is already here, as stores all over Canada are welcoming larger numbers of customers every day. This will be especially true in a couple of days when Black Friday takes over the nation. The needs of shoppers to get their hands on highly-sought after items at significantly reduced prices are never greater than on this day.

Your customer service representatives will likely be experiencing an increase in call volume as well. Whether their job is to make outgoing calls or to take incoming calls, the next several weeks will be among their busiest of the year. Is there a reason to have them step up their customer service skills during the holiday season? You bet there is! Arguably, there’s no better time to keep your team of phone agents motivated than right now.

Here are three ways to keep your phone reps motivated during the holiday season:

1. Encourage teamwork. As a business owner and/or call centre manager, it is your job to lead. But you won’t always be available throughout the entire work day to provide leadership to your team. It’s important, therefore, to encourage the leaders on your staff to be there for its other members when help is needed. Developing and nurturing a team comprised of individuals who feel that they can depend on each other will help for their interactions with your customers to be a lot stronger.

According to Shauna Geraghty on TalkDesk.com, this is especially true during the holidays. “Sometimes, resolving customer support issues over the holidays requires a team approach,” she writes, “When agents need a little help from their colleagues, encourage them to use call conferencing and warm transfers. Doing so will ensure that holiday callers aren’t blindly transferred from agent to agent and will reduce call duration – both of which will increase customer satisfaction.”

2. Have team meetings in the morning. Beginning each work day with a team meeting should be commonplace in your call centre. But during the busy holiday season, it will be especially important to inject some holiday cheer into your phone agents each morning. Not only will they need the additional motivation to get through their busy days, but you’ll want them to pass along that cheer to your callers in order to secure customer satisfaction.

On his customer service blog, customer service expert, Shep Hyken champions the practice of morning meetings during the holiday season. “If ever there was a time for a team meeting before you opened every day, this is the time,” he insists, “Get employees excited about the prospect of breaking sales numbers, but delivering great service along the way. Talk about what happened the day before and plan to repeat the good and avoid the bad.”

3. Offer regular feedback. As mentioned earlier, your team needs you. When you offer encouraging words of support, it can go a long way in keeping your team motivated even throughout the busiest work days of the year. However, you’ll also need to provide constructive criticism when necessary to strengthen the team in areas where they need help. At SIClytics, we offer the perfect tools to help you to provide feedback!

Our Live Call Monitoring services allow you to instantly listen in to live calls, giving you the option to either whisper information to your phone agents without the other parties hearing or barge into the live calls to take them over when they need to be escalated. 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.