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.