Isleworth, August 3, 2020 – Business Systems, a leader in voice recording and enterprise workforce optimisation solutions, has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) SPARK DPS, a Technology Innovation Marketplace that can help government and public sectors access new and emerging technology products.
SPARK DPS allows Business Systems to provide Workforce Optimisation solutions to all UK public sector organisations. Public sector customers are expected to benefit from these emerging technologies predicted to have the largest impact over the next 2 to 5 years to streamline processes and completely replace existing technologies and methods.
The chaos of the worldwide pandemic has pushed us to the verge of another cloud migration . We’ve seen it with data storage, and we will now witness the same evolution in the contact centre industry, moving from the on-premise call centre solution to a cloud contact centre.
Why implement Cloud Contact Centre technology?
It’s a reality that COVID-19 caused contact centres worldwide to struggle as they attempted to implement efficient remote-working solutions for their contact centre agents. Implementation needed to happen fast and made many businesses realised that a cloud contact centre offered scalability and operational efficiency in addition to remote working. And as a second wave of the virus threatens to make an appearance, contact centres need to remain prepared and ensure their systems and processes are in place to cope for another potential lockdown.
There are many reasons as to why now is the right time to make a move to a cloud based call centre solution. Here’s our top 4.
These past few weeks have been promising.
The pandemic lockdown restrictions have slowly started to lift. Shops (and soon even pubs) are gradually starting to re-open.
Businesses are now also complying with a host of new workplace guidelines, designed to create safe workspaces for employees.
According to GOV.UK, the main objective to these guidelines is to: ‘maintain social distancing wherever possible, on arrival and departure’.
As more of us might start to make a gradual return to the office, contact centre workforce planning teams need to carry on doing what they do best – balancing work volumes with workforce capacity, whilst ensuring a high level of customer service.
But this time, let’s not forget they also need to consider the new workplace guidelines…
How can Workforce Management functionality help?
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As the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions slowly start to ease, businesses are now turning their attention to reopening and looking forward. Organisations, particularly contact centres are now operating in a world that already looks different to the one we left a few months ago.
It’s an everchanging landscape, where contact centres now need to be thinking strategically rather than tactfully, so we thought it timely to team up with our partners NICE inContact, to deliver an insightful webinar on how you can navigate and adapt your contact centre throughout the next phase of events the lockdown restrictions may bring.
Our latest webinar, ‘Top Tips for Combating Challenges in The Contact Centre’ was packed with an array of knowledge, best practice techniques and even a very good list of suggestions on what to watch next on Netflix, thanks to our audience contributions! (Tiger King it is then!).
Here are the top takeaways from the day:
Demand V Customer Service
COVID-19 has meant for many contact centres, juggling a balancing act between managing demand whilst still providing a good customer experience.
Depending on the industry you are operating in, you could be seeing a significant rise in demand or in fact could have seen a decrease in demand. 47% of our audience has seen an increase, 40% a decrease whilst the remaining contact centres experienced no change.
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By Alice Trent
Alice Trent is a workplace trends blogger who uses her own experiences to provide advice to her readers. She believes that all workplaces should strive to encourage and protect their employees. In her free time, she loves to hike.
Today’s contact centres face more demand than ever. With consumers having grown used to faster and more personalised services, and agents expecting better working environments, there are a lot of relevant concerns. Fortunately though, there are a lot of ways for those managing call centres to adapt to these demands and challenges.
With that in mind, here are 10 specific tips for the modern contact centre.
With markets fluctuating wildly due to the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, and companies closing offices and asking employees to work from home, organisations have had to adapt rather quickly in uncertain times.
Financial Services Firms in particular, have had the burden of setting up traders to work remotely, recreating the carefully monitored environment of the trading floor at not just one site, but potentially thousands.
According to The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) all firms are expected to have contingency plans in place to deal with major events. The FCA also state that they do not have any issues with UK staff working from backup sites, or home, so long as regulatory obligations are met. This may include, for example, ensuring recordings between traders and customers are still being recorded and monitored.
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With Contact Centres all over the globe still facing the reality of home working, real-time adherence functionality remains to be vital in order to protect service levels.
Managing today’s multi-channel contact centres from home could be easier than you think with a little forward planning and the right WFM technology. We all need to be flexible and agile with ‘on the go’ planning. Real-time adherence will play an integral part of effective intraday management.
As the nation reacts to contain the virus, organisations need to be ready to adapt and do what is right for their staff, colleagues and customers, which includes ensuring employees are able to work from home where possible.
However, as organisations swiftly move to enable their staff to operate remotely, they are inevitably faced with a number of challenges:
In order to meet customer demands, workforce planners need to make sure they have the right number of agents with the right skill sets available at the right time. And this starts with having the right resource planning techniques in place.
With customer contact channels increasing (email, web chat, SMS etc.), workforce scheduling has become a complex and labour-intensive job. Let’s not forget to throw into the mix variables such as absenteeism, holidays and staff-work preferences. Spreadsheets and Erlang C tables can still work well in helping you schedule if you are a small contact centre.
However, if you’re a contact centre managing multiple different contact and skill types, it’s important to remember that excel will fall short in many areas and this is where you will need to introduce a Workforce Management system.