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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Cross-Trained Contact Center Agents - Blue Ocean Contact Centers - ContactCenterWorld.com Blog

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Cross-Trained Contact Center Agents

One of the fundamental questions that gets asked in the call center services procurement process is: will we have a dedicated team of agents or will they be shared? It’s a great question and seems pretty straightforward, right? A dedicated team is always the best solution … or is it? Say you’ve been charged with putting together an RFP for contact center services. Your company experiences both unpredictable spikes in volume and predictable and/or seasonal spikes. In addition, you are concerned about an outsourcer being able to fully represent your brand. And of course, the bottom line is important. When does having a dedicated team of agents to protect your brand take priority over the need to effectively conquer those spikes in volume? Does the need to handle the spikes capably take precedence over cost-effectiveness? Or, can a contact center outsourcer put together a program that takes care of all three priorities effectively? We believe that an out-of-the-box deployment of cross-trained agents can, in some instances, be a client’s best solution. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

The Advantage of Cross-Trained Contact Center Agents

Scheduling for maximum efficiency and flexibility is one of the most crucial tasks in your contact center (in fact, it’s one of the things your Workforce Management team wishes HR knew). And one of the significant benefits of having access to a pool of cross-trained contact center agents is that your project reaps the rewards of flexibility and efficiency without the associated costs of having dedicated agents standing by to meet unexpected, or even expected, spikes. (Why is efficiency is critical to the mix even if your program is a per-transaction model? Efficiency is what allows your contact center partner to stay competitive and keep your costs down.)

Let’s be clear on the definition of “cross-trained” before we dig into this further. At Blue Ocean, a cross-trained agent is someone who has a “home” project where they spend 80 to 90% of their time AND they have been fully trained and regularly take calls for a second project. This is not a “shared pool” approach where agents concurrently support up to three clients with low volume requirements. These are agents who can, when needed and when volume allows, be switched from their home project to temporarily support another client.

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There are three essential elements for this to work:

  • Agent profiles have to be aligned. The sure fire recipe for a customer experience disaster is trying to put a square peg in a round hole. The agent skills and natural attributes have to line up on both home project and secondary project.
  • Arrival patterns have to complement each other, not compete with each other. If seasonal peaks happen at the same or over-lapping times or if intraday or intraweek volume tends to spike at similar times, you’ll rarely be able to deploy the cross-trained team members.
  • Agents must regularly be scheduled to take calls on their secondary project to keep their skills sharp and their knowledge current.

If those stars align and your contact center demonstrates excellence in forecasting and scheduling, cross-training as part of your solution can contribute to key metrics like faster speed of answer during spikes and ultimately increased customer satisfaction. For projects with significant unpredictable volume (emergency roadside assistance, for example, where weather plays a huge role in volume), cross-trained agents who can be deployed with little or no notice represent the ultimate flexible workforce.

The Downside to Cross-Trained Contact Center Agents

Skeptics to the cross-training model frequently turn to the familiar saying, “a Jack of all trades is master of none.” That’s the biggest potential disadvantage of sharing agents across projects; when an agent must represent multiple brands and spread their skills between them all, there’s the potential that the brand experience may be impacted. That’s where careful management that can balance all the moving parts and adapt to changes efficiently is absolutely vital. It’s where the first of our three essential elements comes into play – the agent profile has to be a fit. The required levels of empathy, technical knowledge, problem-solving and other skills must be carefully aligned so a single agent can meet the need of every client they’re supporting. That’s non-negotiable in our world.

Training and continual learning are a challenge in the cross-trained model. Your outsourced partner needs to manage the process diligently. There would be few worse things for your customer experience than to get an agent who is out of touch with systems or whose knowledge is out of date. In order for the model to work, agents have to be almost as strong on their secondary project as the agents who call that project home. Why is it okay to say almost as strong? Because protecting your customer service in peak times or crushing spikes is the goal. So, for example, getting the call answered quickly because you have more available agents thanks to cross-training adds may be more important than a slightly longer handle time from a cross-trained agent.

The HR side of hiring for cross-trained agents can also be a challenge. The ideal contact center agent profile for an agent who is going to be successful in a cross-trained model must include a preference for switching tasks and must be comfortable with a degree of unpredictability in their work day.  They’re often people who love learning and enjoy the adrenaline boost that comes with change.

The Pros and Cons of Cross Trained Agents

The choice to leverage the advantages of cross-trained contact center agents depends heavily upon your specific needs, brand, and performance metrics. At Blue Ocean, we work closely with our clients to determine the best fit for their project. But as you put that call center RFP together, we would encourage you to ask not just “Will we have dedicated or shared agents?” But perhaps, “What model do you recommend for staffing our program to meet our KPIs given our unique arrival patterns and seasonal peaks?”

If you’re looking for an outsourced partner to support your complex requirements, book a visit and we’ll show you how Blue Ocean solutions are working for some of the world’s best brands right now. Come say hello!

Source: https://blueocean.ca/weighing-the-pros-and-cons-of-cross-trained-contact-center-agents/

Publish Date: February 28, 2017 5:00 AM


2021 Buyers Guide Analytics

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1.) 
2Ring

2Ring Dashboards & Wallboards
2Ring Dashboards & Wallboards is a software solution that empowers business users and supervisors to deliver information in real-time to every screen.

Information means data from multiple data sources and built using various content types. Cisco Contact Center data (all platforms), CUCM huntgroups (Cisco CallManager), and ServiceNow belong among the most often used data sources, but the application support many additional data sources (Amazon Connect, Genesys PureEngage, Salesforce) and is flexible enough for business users to add or change pictures, web-content, include weather information and forecasts or YouTube videos and streams on the fly.

A screen does not only mean a large plas...
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2.) 
3Fiftynine

CardBoard
CardBoard: Real-time data, shows the most important KPI’s in your Contact Center.
Built for data | Designed for business | Empowers teams

3.) 
Acqueon Technologies Inc.

Acqueon's AI-driven conversational engagement software enables sales, marketing and service organizations to engage in emotionally connected dialogs with customers via their channel of choice for significantly improved results. The Acqueon suite adds multichannel campaign management, contact center analytics, desktop, and CRM connectors for your contact center software of choice, including Amazon Connect, Cisco, Nice inContact, and Twilio. Acqueon conversational engagement software leverages the Acqueon IQ platform to aggregate data from the various applications, assemble rich customer contexts, and drive next-best-action using powerful statistical and predictive models.

4.) 
BPA Quality

Call Center Quality Monitoring
Outsourced call center quality solutions including Multi-lingual, Multi-Channel Quality Monitoring, Call Center Consulting, Psychometrics & Analysis of Customer-Agent Interactions, Cloud-based Quality Analysis Software configured by Needs, Virtual & In-person Training, Speech Analytics & Speech Analytics Management.

5.) 
Call Tracking Metrics

Automate insights from all your customer communications

There's no better way to get to know your customer than through their own communications with your brand. Gain a strategic advantage and a thorough understanding of your customer's full journey with a complete suite of conversation intelligence tools and features. Measure customer sentiment, automatically identify and score qualified conversations, and give strategists everything they need to knock their campaigns out of the park.

Use conversation analytics to:

• Build your ideal customer profile
• Optimize your sales and customer service processes
• Maximize your resources to focus on quality conversations
• Identify trends and customer sentiment in real-time

6.) 
CallFinder

CallFinder speech analytics
CallFinder® is a leading provider of cloud-based SaaS speech analytics, automated call scoring, and speech-to-text transcription technology with sentiment analysis. Our easy-to-use solution is designed to help businesses and contact centers automate quality monitoring to improve agent performance and provide a superior customer experience.

With CallFinder, you get…

100% visibility into agent-customer interactions
100% monitoring of interactions, up from only 5-10%
Scalability of QA reviews with the same size QA team
CallFinder isn’t just your average speech analytics provider. When you work with us, you get unparalleled, continuous support through our MyAnalyst managed client servic...
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7.) 
ComSys S.A.

CCube for Business Intelligence
CCube by Comsys is a business intelligence application, developed for enterprise contact centers. It delivers powerful, and dynamic reporting that enable managers to gain insight into their business. CCube is natively compatible with Aspect Unified IP and Cisco Unified Contact Center (UCCE/UCCX) platforms
Comsys is a provider of οmnichannel customer engagement solutions that assist companies around the world in delivering unique customer experiences. For the last 15 years, Comsys designs and implements complex projects for clients from the outsourcing, financial services, telecommunications, and retail sectors. Comsys enjoys strategic partnerships with technology vendors like Cisco®, Aspect...
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8.) 
Consilium Software

Consilium UniInsight™
The days of ‘business as usual’ are a distant memory for most of the world. And when it comes to contact centers, balancing between contact channels, deciding which agent locations or teams are doing well, working out how your customer satisfaction is being impacted by the less-than-perfect work environments of ‘lockdown’ agents…leaders are often at a loss when trying to get such insights from their contact center data. As the technology and business landscape changes, so too must the contact center reporting and analytics solutions that power decision making and performance management. With the new release of Consilium UniInsight™, we have tried to deliver contact center reporting and op...
(read more)

9.) 
CUSTOMER SQUARE

CROSSCRM.CX - CRM Dataviz Module
CROSS-CRM manages daily interconnection with your CRM tools to centralize data and analyse CX on all channels, and is able to provide deep analytics insights.

All the Kpi’S are here for precise control of your Customer Relationship : Interactions - Quality - Satisfaction - Campains forecast MyClient

Filters, Data Extraction, Custom Views, dates sheets, email subscriptions, xls Extracts, images, pdf


PLUS ! Automated extracts
for integration to third party applications.

10.) 
Daisee

Daisee
Daisee builds technology that empowers people to solve problems by making interactions simple and smart so they can have a more significant impact, be more productive and be better at what they do. We believe incremental improvements carry huge potency and provide exponentially greater change for the better.

Genesys customers can now automate risk and quality management using Daisee’s speech and sentiment analytics and remediation workflow software. Daisee helps improve customer experience, ensure regulatory compliance, identify missed commercial opportunities & training requirements as well as provide valuable insights back to the business directly from the frontline – the true voice-of-...
(read more)

11.) 
DialogTech

DialogAnalytics™
Powered by AI, DialogTech’s DialogAnalytics analyzes conversations to provide marketing and sales teams a wealth of insights for smarter optimizations. With the power of conversation intelligence, you can learn which channels, ads, keywords, and webpages drive the best sales calls, if the caller converted, and more.

AI analyzes how calls are handled at locations and call centers to detect issues that negatively impact ROI. See what percentage of calls go unanswered and who is best (and worst) at converting callers to appointments and customers. Get email alerts when phone leads are mishandled at locations so those leads can be called back right away.

With DialogAnalytics, you can get a...
(read more)

12.) 
eGain Corporation

eGain Analytics
eGain Analytics makes it easy to measure, analyze and refine your contact center operations, knowledge and web customer experience. Create informative reports, charts and dashboards effortlessly. Slice-&-dice the data in any number of ways and use it to manage the business effectively.

1. Operational Analytics™ empowers the business to measure and manage the call center directly and without IT involvement.
2. Knowledge Analytics™ provides insight for eGain’s knowledge and AI applications.
3. Digital Analytics™ measures contact center performance within eGain’s digital channel applications.
4. Journey Analytics™ captures customer behavior on the website—identify the churn points and cre...
(read more)

13.) 
eGain Corporation

eGain Analytics
eGain Analytics makes it easy to measure, analyze and refine your contact center operations, knowledge and web customer experience. Create informative reports, charts and dashboards effortlessly. Slice-&-dice the data in any number of ways and use it to manage the business effectively.

14.) 
ethosIQ, LLC

ethosAnalytics
ethosAnalytics leverages data to provide business intelligence to enhance the customer experience and beyond. The analytics dashboards are customized based on client needs. ethosAnalytics enables data-driven decisions in seconds or minutes - not days or weeks.

15.) 
Lieber & Associates

Contact center Analytics and Metrics
Lieber & Associates provides services to develop, interpret, and improve contact center metrics and analytics. The firm's experience spans forecasting, customer service, order-taking, lead-qualification, sales, segmentation, media-source-tracking, and testing design. L&A's president pioneered segmentation for telephone scripts and the tri-level service level metric. He brings broad analytics experience to contact centers.

16.) 
Navedas

CSAT.AI
CSAT.AI measures if the customer’s questions were answered, how empathetic was your agent and the customer’s sentiment to predict a CSAT score without pesky surveys, all in real time. QA is modernized and the CX game is improved - no matter if your agents are at their home or your office.

CSAT.AI automates QA, analyzing 100% of text, email and chat interactions. Without spreadsheets or manual entry, managers have comprehensive data to guide decisions - no need to even be in the same location!

CSAT.AI helps you protect your company and your people. Did a customer just threaten to sue you or abuse your agent? Now you know with real time push notifications.

CSAT.AI provides granular details by issue (delivery delay etc) or agent score.

17.) 
Noble Systems

Noble IQ
Turn business insights into actionable intelligence. Noble’s IQsolutions provide you with rich and robust customer data that can transform your business. Automate decision making and campaign management and refine the quality of interactions with precision and efficiency. We have developed proprietary and patented tools to help you make sense of data on your current operations and then help you make strategic decisions to improve performance and efficiency. Identify who your best customers and prospects are and the ideal methods to reach them. Understand what types of campaigns work best for your business and how to optimize underperforming campaigns. And nake real-time decisions rather than looking back to see what went wrong.

18.) 
OpsTel Services

VIEW
With OpsTel VIEW™, you are able to monitor and immediately audit your agent profile data for accuracy and compliance across the entire contact center solution stack.

Features:

*OpsTel VIEW™ tracks down unused stale profile licenses and provides clients with detailed audits explaining their location, current and historical status
*Comprehensive audit across the enterprise, it only takes 10 minute
*Provides a view in to the data accuracy of agent profiles across multiple applications
*Drastically speeds up audit and validation processes
*Validates actions to implement for profile data integrity issues across multiple applications
*Can also assist in ensuring access level compliance...
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19.) 
PRILINK

SIP-Trunk Demarc Monitor
Analyzes SIP signalling and RTP audio stream of every call passing through the network demarcation point. Provide a real time 24/7/365 network baseline database that contains the IP bandwidth, call traffic of up to 128 voice groups, Call Detail Record (CDR), call blockage and MOS voice quality. All information are displayed in SIP-Trunk dashboards and are used in many applications, such as Telco collaboration, UC/CC analytics, Work Force Optimization (WFO) and caller identification.

20.) 
Vads

Social Media Analytics
Social media analytics is the practice of gathering data from blogs and social media websites and analyzing that data to make business decisions.

Typical objectives of Social Media include increasing revenues, reducing customer service costs, getting feedback on products and services and improving public opinion of a particular product or business division.

Key the activities involved:

Analyzing net sentiment score
Qualitative and quantitative of sentiment analysis
Measure the emotions (6 Emotions) of the consumers
Mapping out all potential advocates
Measuring a nationwide consumer sentiment
Unlimited data extraction & cleaning
Customized positive and negative keywords
Qualitative and quantitative insights & report writing
Measuring the consumer sentiment
 
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