Call quality monitoring is an essential way to track the level of service given by agents.
But these seven deadly sins could undermine your method.
1. Just monitoring agents
Alongside performance, coaching, development and training, the other primary purpose for call quality monitoring is to ensure customer satisfaction.
Therefore, we would also suggest that the IVR is monitored as well, in terms of IVR utilisation – where in the IVR the customer decides to go on or to opt out. Poorly constructed IVR can lead to customer frustration very easily as this is all part of the overall customer experience.
Valur Svansson, Operations Improvement Consultant, Datapoint
2. Failing to provide proper training and support
A critical aspect of call quality monitoring involves providing staff with adequate training and support. New staff can be expensive to recruit and difficult to retain so it is important to give them the support they need to excel in their role – and really feel like a valued member of the team.
Supervisor monitoring allows team leaders to listen in to an agent’s call in real time to support and coach them while they are getting up to speed. With modern systems, remote staff or home workers can also get the same level of support as office-based employees, when they need it.
To further this solution, post-call surveys can also be used to gather opinion on how a call was managed to help gauge training and the approach of the agent. The feature includes automatic notification so negative survey results can be flagged to a supervisor by email or SMS so they can respond quickly to the customer and resolve any issues. This allows the trainer to speak with the agent with the call fresh in their mind and allows for the most retention.
Jonathan Gale, CEO of NewVoiceMedia
3. Evaluation criteria based on yes/no answers
Typically when using call quality monitoring tools, the trend is to use it in a somewhat myopic manner, evaluating and analysing an agent’s performance to get it to a predetermined level.
Many evaluation forms today are still based on a ‘yes or no’ answering model. Was the agent friendly, yes or no? However, that answer will not convey whether the agent was exceptional or really poor at dealing with the customer’s request. With this form of evaluation criteria you are signalling to the agent that reaching an exceptional level of service will not provide additional reward or recognition and that delivering a mediocre level of service is okay.
In summary, the agent is not pushed to go above and beyond, because there is no real incentive to do so.
Is mediocre service enough to keep driving the profit line up? Simple answer – No! Competitors and rising customer expectations are confirming that, and as such customer loyalty goes out the window with mediocre service levels.
By leveraging all the information that quality monitoring offers and expanding your evaluation criteria, a new standard can be developed against which your agents can be monitored. It’s all about knowing the right questions to ask, that will ultimately drive change in the behaviour and service levels delivered by agents.
Brent Bischoff, Consultant, Business Systems
4. Failing to get your agents on side
The benefits of quality monitoring (QM) in terms of greater quality and productivity and the improved identification of coaching requirements are well recognised. What’s not discussed so often are the benefits it can deliver to agents. QM, however, can deliver many such advantages, from improved ‘self-empowerment’ through agents being able to listen to (and learn from) their own calls, to ‘improved job satisfaction’ through improved training and a greater understanding of the customer experience.
Marlene Zappia, Senior Solutions Consultant, Aspect
5. Misunderstanding call-handling guidelines
Personal interpretation of call-handling guidelines (CHG) can lead to mixed messages when trying to identify areas of weaknesses or strength or when feeding back to advisors. Regular calibration sessions will allow for calls to be individually scored. These scores can then be compared and discussed in order to assess whether attendees understood the CHG. These sessions should comprise a mix of quality coordinators, team managers and advisors to cover a full spectrum of understanding. Results should be recorded and tracked to monitor variance. The calibration sessions are also a valuable forum in which to share changes to CHG.
John Mccann, Quality Co-ordinator, RESPONSE
6. Being secretive
Be open and honest about your intentions when implementing quality monitoring. Involve your team managers and agents in defining the quality criteria to be used when assessing calls (such as ‘showing empathy’, ‘detailing upgrade options’, etc.) and provide a detailed explanation of how scoring mechanisms will work.
Describe plans to employees at an early stage and clearly communicate that your business aim is to identify training needs, make script changes, etc. in order to improve productivity, quality and customer satisfaction and not to impose additional rules and catch agents out. Winning the support of employees is essential to the success of call quality monitoring.
7. Failing to reward staff for improved customer satisfaction
Carl Adkins, Managing Director, Infinity CCS
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