Call centre managers, trainers and employers alike all have very important tasks on their hands each and every work day. They are tasks, however, that many business leaders don’t like all that much. Giving feedback can be hard to do. Some don’t like to provide it for fear of hurting feelings. Some simply hate the idea of wasting their time on employees who don’t seem to be able to perform their duties.
Neither should be a reason to avoid giving feedback. There are some techniques to offering it to your employees the right way. Here are five:
1. Strike while the iron’s hot. In other words, the second you see an opportunity to provide feedback, go ahead and do it. Arguably, there’s no better time to offer help than when a situation has occurred that requires assistance. When you let too much time pass – even a day – your memory will fade and the impact of your advice won’t be as strong. Providing feedback during critical moments is a great way to improve performance immediately.
2. Use the sandwich approach. If you’re afraid of bringing down employee morale, be sure to sandwich your negative feedback between two pieces of positive feedback. Here’s an example: “I really like the tone of voice you use on your calls. You make clear that you’re very friendly. However, I’d like you to try slowing down the pace of your speech so that you can be heard better. You’re putting in a great effort, keep it up!”
3. Encourage questions. One of the best ways for your employees to get the most out of the feedback you give them is for them to request it. Encourage your team members to ask questions about their own performances so that they can keep themselves on their proverbial toes. The more inquisitive they are about their job performances, the more likely they will be to improve upon them. Be sure to present yourself as open and approachable to foster such comfort.
4. Be crystal clear with expectations. To get the best performances from your staff members, they’ll need to know exactly what you’re looking for. In many cases, you’ll have to do more than simply say “you need to get your sales numbers up”. Instead, the communication of more specific expectations such as “I’m looking for you to increase your sales numbers by 15% this month” is necessary.
5. Remember that feedback is positive too! Don’t confuse the word “feedback” with “criticism”. Your employees need to know how well they’re doing even more than they need to know about what they could be doing better. Never hesitate to offer words of praise to employees who are performing exceptionally well. It can be argued that the more positive feedback you give, the more successful your team of workers will be. Happy staffs are productive staffs!
At SIClytics, we can help you to provide feedback to your team in ways that were once unheard of. We offer Live Call Monitoring services that allow you to instantly listen in and whisper feedback to your phone agents when they are on the phone with their customers. You can even “barge” into live calls as they’re happening. As well, our Live Call Feeds service allows you to visually monitor call activity as calls are happening!
For more information about these great services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-877-374-6003 or email us at sales@SIClytics.com.