A Third of Callers Too Impatient to Wait More Than 1 Minute

A third of callers too impatient to wait more than 1 minute
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In our What Contact Centres Are Doing Right Now (2023 Edition) survey, we asked ‘On average, how long do your callers wait before abandoning?’.

16.9% of survey respondents said less than 29 seconds, whilst a further 19.1% said 30–59 seconds – revealing that a third of the industry are under pressure to answer their calls in less than 1 minute.

However, we saw an even spread of results here, which may be reflective of the mix of industries represented in this survey – particularly as 15.2% of survey respondents said their callers wait for 240 seconds+ (4 minutes or more) before abandoning.

This suggests that some callers are far more patient than others, or perhaps have lower expectations of how quickly they expect their call to be answered.

Another possible theory here is that those contact centres with multiple channels are seeing their calls abandoned sooner as their callers attempt to get through on another channel faster.

What Contact Centres Are Doing Right Now (2023 Edition) On average, how long do your callers wait before abandoning?

Run in partnership with Sabio, Centrical, Odigo, Scorebuddy, and NICE, this survey focused on the key elements of a contact centre, including advisor experience and engagement, artificial intelligence (AI), customer experience, quality assurance, workforce management, and more!

If you are looking to improve your call abandon rates, read our article: How to Bring Down Your Call-Abandon Rates

Download our What Contact Centres Are Doing Right Now (2023 Edition) Survey Report to uncover the latest and most exciting contact centre insights

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Author: Megan Jones
Reviewed by: Xander Freeman

Published On: 19th Oct 2023 - Last modified: 10th Nov 2023
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