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Top Tips for Fixing Broken Processes


Our expert panel reveal some simple ways to help keep your contact centre processes up to date.

Regularly ask your agents what they think is broken

Ask your customer service agents. They talk to your customers day in and day out and can usually offer a wealth of insights regarding customers’ biggest frustrations.

Also ask agents what they think is broken. What would they like to see change and how are they using the tools now?

Technology moves quickly and chances are that agents’ needs will have changed since the original implementation of a process.

Analyse the source of repeat contacts

If a customer is calling you more than once about the same issue, then you probably have a broken process.

Mike Donohue

Mike Donohue

Analyse the source of your repeat contacts to help identify these issues.

Flexible workflows can help keep agents’ options open

Design flexible workflows and call scripts.

These will give agents multiple options to respond to individual customer scenarios.

With thanks to Mike Donohue at Magnetic North

Broken processes affect over 27% of contact centres.

Broken processes affect over 27% of contact centres.

Pick calls that require attention instead of selecting at random

A recent survey conducted by Business Systems reported that 69% of contact centres are still randomly selecting calls for agent evaluations.

With hundreds of calls being dealt with by each agent every week, asking evaluators to address key issues by randomly selecting calls is like asking someone to find a needle in a haystack.

Your Quality Monitoring system can help you to pinpoint the calls that require attention instead of selecting at random.

This information can help you to improve your training processes and the overall customer experience more effectively.

Learn from your most unhappy customers

You have some incredibly useful information readily available in your call recordings. So make the most of it!

Jasveer Matharu

Jasveer Matharu

Go through past calls with unhappy customers and identify areas of the business that could be improved in order to avoid the same issues recurring in the future.

Technology like speech analytics can help you identify calls containing particular key phrases, allowing you to easily spot specific issues that can provide insight on broken processes.

For instance, identify all calls containing the keywords ‘I want to leave/ I want to cancel my contract’.

With thanks to Jasveer Matharu at Business Systems

Wallboards can help supervisors correct any issues in real time

Wallboards can give supervisors, contact centre agents and operators instant access to real-time statistics on a centralised display, and provide a clear view of key metrics.

Using quality monitoring and call recording systems to track agent performance, you can provide feedback or monitor calls in real time and, where necessary, intervene.

Appoint process owners to focus on continuous improvement

Getting your processes right and keeping them current relies heavily on the coming together of three different enterprise-wide initiatives:

  • Company policies and practices being up to date
  • Systems being integrated and well connected
  • A culture that fosters collaboration between departments

Unfortunately, most businesses are not geared up to achieving these three goals. The majority are structured around traditional models of vertically siloed departments that report into a managing director.

Forward-thinking businesses are now structuring themselves differently and putting in place process owners. These individuals have a cross-functional brief, and are responsible for ensuring processes are optimised, run effectively and continuously improved across all functions.

Jeremy Payne

Jeremy Payne

Put yourself in your customers’ shoes and regularly test their journey

You also need to put yourself in your customers’ shoes.

Test your customer journey regularly across all channels – including your Reception desk – and use learning points to continuously evolve your processes and improve the experience of customers in interacting with you.

With thanks to Jeremy Payne at Enghouse Interactive

Do you experience problems with broken processes? Have you tried any of these ideas?

Published On: 4th Nov 2015 - Last modified: 9th Jul 2018
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