Top Tips for Protecting Your Agents From Burnout

Two light bulbs, one of them in upright position and glowing. Concept of occupational burnout.

Paul Cox at Kerv Experience outlines top tips for protecting your contact centre agents from burnout.

Employee fatigue is a clear and present danger for customer experience (CX) and service leaders. Continually handling difficult, emotionally charged conversations with stressed customers can spiral into chronic stress.

Contact centre absence and attrition rates also rise when staff feel helpless, detached, and underappreciated. Yet, when applied correctly, technology can address these triggers effectively.

AI Friend AND Foe

Bots are good at identifying customer intent and solving simple repetitive tasks. The problem is the requests they hand off often involve upset customers or complex situations.

The role of the agent then becomes predominantly that of an empathetic, emotionally intelligent problem solver. And it’s hard to catch a break.

Over 20% of agents highlight the inability to help customers as a major stress trigger, while 15% say they don’t have enough time and feel under pressure to get to the next contact. Their jobs are getting harder at a time when their salaries are reducing in real terms, and they’re concerned about generative AI replacing their jobs.

Paradoxically, contact centres are now turning to AI to help reduce effort and avoid burnout risks.

Transforming Employee Care and Wellbeing

Here are eight proven worker-focused tools and top tips for cutting stress levels and keeping employees engaged and motivated:

Play to Skills and Comfort Zones With Predictive Routing

Use machine learning to ensure agents only receive calls, emails, and messages they are best equipped to handle, increasing job fulfilment and satisfaction while improving KPI success.

Put Agents on the Front Foot With Speech and Text Analytics

Provide transcripts of bot conversations and previous case notes underpinned with sentiment analysis to automatically detect when interactions should be escalated to defuse stressful situations.

Empower Coaching From Anywhere With Agent Assist

Create a central knowledge base and enable supervisors to listen in, guide answers, and suggest helpful content – onsite or remotely from home.

Remove Language Barriers With CX Translate

Empower non-native speakers to deal with chat, WhatsApp, and other messages efficiently and professionally in over 80 languages.

Improve Work-Life Balance With Mobile Apps

Allow employees to easily view schedules, submit leave requests and arrange shift swaps, inside or outside work from the comfort of their mobile phone.

Remove Admin Tedium With CXVizz

Allow employees to easily view schedules, submit leave requests and arrange shift swaps, inside or outside work from the comfort of their mobile phone.

Make the job More Interesting and Enjoyable With Gamification

Improve reward and recognition, enabling employees to see how they measure up through scorecards and leader boards.

Consider Light-hearted Games

Introduce fun competitions like snakes and ladders. Every time an agent reaches a certain KPI or acquires a new skill they get to throw a dice and move their piece forward.

It’s well known that prolonged stress and exhaustion can lead to a range of health issues such as anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and increased susceptibility to illnesses.

CX and contact centre leaders have a responsibility for prioritising employee wellbeing and creating a healthy work environment.

Solutions can help head off the triggers of agent burnout early – staving off lost productivity, unnecessary recruitment and training expenses, and customer experience degradation.

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Published On: 27th Jun 2023 - Last modified: 28th Jun 2023
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