Humor us for a moment and set down that mug of steaming coffee before you keep reading. You know as well as we do that no amount of caffeine will perk you up if you’re feeling sleep deprived. Whether it’s late night work, midnight Netflix bingeing, a crying baby, snoring partner, stress, or any other regular disruption to quality sleep, it’s likely your bad sleep habits are ruining your career.
The importance of sleep is a big topic these days. Lots of people from our own Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau to Arianna Huffington, are talking about the role downtime, in particular sleep, plays in our lives. We all know that, in business, there are some corporate cultures and indeed some industries, (yes, lawyers, we’re looking at you) that promote the idea of work as a competitive sport. The "winners" are bragging about how little sleep they get and how many hours they log. Here at Blue Ocean, we’re not playing that game, but we do seem to have a predisposition for hiring insomniacs judging from the number of emails that fly around between the hours of 11 pm and six am. So what gives? Is this good for us? Or could respect for a good night’s sleep give us a leg up?
Our own experience plus the myriad of sleep studies out there tell us some important things about the consequences of bad sleep habits.
Sponsor message - content continues below this message
2022 '17th annual' Global Contact Center World Awards NOW OPEN
Enter your Center, Strategy, Technology Innovation, Teams and Individuals into the ONLY TRULY GLOBAL awards program - regarded by many as being like the Olympics for the Contact Center World! Join the best from over 80 nations and compete for the most prestigious awards out there!
Content continues ….
In the contact center business, empathy is our bread and butter. Whether you’re an agent supporting a consumer with a crisis, or a coach supporting an agent, or a project manager supporting a client through a critical business issue, empathy is a valuable asset. Research tells us that emotional intelligence – particularly the capacity for empathy – is reduced when a person is sleep deprived. In fact, your overall interpersonal skills are compromised when you’re sleep deprived. Getting consistently decent sleep is like refilling your tank when it comes to empathy, understanding, and patience.
Interpersonal skills are the just the beginning. Overall reaction to stress is also affected by sleep deprivation. This matters to us because we know perfectly well how much pressure our agents often experience. We go to great lengths to reduce this stress, but call volume spikes and peak seasons – even as carefully as we predict, plan for, and respond to them – are a strain on our agents, coaches, and managers.
When you add sleep deprivation into the mix with high stress, you’re treading into burn-out territory. Whatever position you’re in, entry level or executive office, burn out can push you to making a career change that is essentially reactionary. Moving away from something in your career is never as positive as moving toward something. Thinking about changing jobs because you’re feeling burnt out is the ultimate "sleep on it" scenario.
Lack of Focus
When bad sleep habits lead to a lack of focus and impaired memory, achieving high performance results gets more challenging. In our business, every day is new game. The stakes are high and there are a million moving parts. With individual and team targets that can range from Average Handle Time to CSat scores to Grade of Service, the daily and weekly pressures to perform are intense.
Lose focus and meeting your metrics just got a whole lot harder. No matter what business you’re in, an ability to focus is often what separates the champions from the also-rans.
Repressed Immune System
This one’s a no-brainer. No matter what your job, absenteeism is always a problem employers want to avoid. At Blue Ocean, where our workforce management teams work diligently to align agent shifts with peaks and valleys in call volume, combating absenteeism is priority. But agents aren’t the only ones who should worry. We have a saying in our onboarding program – it doesn’t matter how good you are at your job if you aren’t here to do it. And that applies to every level.
While we totally understand and plan for the inevitably of people getting sick, we also recognize that sleep deprivation significantly impacts your health. From the common cold and nasty viruses to other major health concerns, your immune system is vital to how you perform in everyday life and work. Make a habit out of the lack of sleep, and your risk of sickness increases. It’s as simple as that.
Is it Time to Admit Bad Sleep Habits Are Ruining Your Career?
We all have our off days, but when a lack of sleep becomes a regular habit, it’s hard to be your best at the office. We give our employees the upper hand as much as possible, with an awesome work environment and perks, but we know that the foundation of great work experience starts the moment you roll out of bed. And if you roll out exhausted, it’s only a matter of time until those bad sleep habits are ruining your career.
About Patricia Isnor:
Patty Isnor is never satisfied with status quo. Her primary focus over the course of more than 30 years with our organization is on ensuring that our company is in a constant state of striving. As Senior Vice President, Corporate Services,she leads initiatives in human resources, facilities design and management, and employer branding. She has been the driving force behind many of Blue Ocean’s (and CCL Group) innovations in administrative, financial, legal and human resources systems and processes. Her leadership in this space has earned Blue Ocean national and international recognition for ou
About Blue Ocean Contact Centers:
We thrive on delivering critical customer service solutions that go beyond transactional interactions. As such, our goal is to enhance lifetime customer value, providing support that is a reflection of your brand promise, even in high-pressure, complex customer service scenarios.
Published: Friday, June 24, 2016
|1.)||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.
|2.)||Avyukta Intellicall Consulting Pvt. Ltd.|
Dialer CRM VoIP CTI Cloud Solutions
We are a single roofed solution for Dialer / Hosted Dialer / VoIP / CRM and CTI Solutions . With 300+ call center clients in above 9 countries and recent features such as :
Dynamic custom agent crm popup
10+ Custom Reports
Cloud Telephony with/out "Host your Trunks" option
and End to End CRM on the cards we are supposed to grow exponentially within the next 6 Months
|3.)||Call Center Studio|
Call Center Studio
Call Center Studio is the world’s first call center built on Google and is one of the most secure and stable systems with some of the industry’s best reporting. It is one of the most full-featured enterprise grade systems (with the most calling features, one of the best call distribution, outbound dialing features and integrations—including IVR, AI Speech Recognition, blended inbound/outbound calling and includes Google’s new Dialogflow and Speech API. Call Center Studio is the absolute easiest to use (with a 10 minute setup), and is the price performance leader with lower equipment cost and less setup time.
|4.)||Cloud IT Services GmbH|
Dialfire offers you a complete call center solution that is simple and intuitive to use and adapts to your needs. It's completely cloud-based, saving you the hassle of setting up a phone system and installing software. In addition to predictive dialing and call blending of inbound calls, you can create personalized campaigns through an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Features include automated workflows and full control over the agent screen.
You can see the full list of features here:
CList for Outbound Campaigns Management
CList by Comsys is an application that helps contact centers enhance the performance of their outbound campaigns. It accomplishes that by enabling the planning and execution of sophisticated communication strategies. Additionally, the AI-powered module of CList extends the possibilities of outbound campaigns delivering unprecedented results.
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 t...
Reaching the right person with the right information on the right channel at the right time is a tall order. That’s the power the new Consilium UniCampaign™ has been adding to Cisco outbound contact centers, easily tripling or quadrupling results, from improving digital customer acquisition to managing post-sale customer relationship. Delivering proactive outbound engagement in a game-changer product, Consilium UniCampaign™ is an omnichannel List and Campaign Management (LCM) solution which complements the strength and robustness of Cisco's Outbound Dialer with the implementation of multichannel (voice, email, and SMS) outbound contact strategies. The new 7th release of UniCampaign™ is des...
Dialer software that makes customer contact pain free, so your team aren’t worried about complex technology and can focus on what they do best. Dramatically increase agent productivity using a variety of dialers, combined with AI, leveraging data-driven contact strategies to ensure the right agent is contacting your customers at the right time.
Take control, and ensure your team are on-message by designing the perfect agent interface with a drag-n-drop visual WYSWYG editor.
Rotate CLIDs, and auto-wrap certain calls to ensure maximum agent productivity and performance.
|9.)||Cloud IT Services GmbH|
Companies of all sizes rely on the cloud-based call center platform Dialfire and its powerful predictive dialer. Dialfire is ready to use within minutes and easily personalizable. From small ad-hoc to large multi-step campaigns, Dialfire offers high scalability. Adapt customer masks and automate workflows per mouse click. Integrated scripting and APIs ensure a smooth connection with external systems.
With Megadialer you will get a customized call center software. With the creation of personalized questions, surveys and sales script you will have the information you need from your customers quickly and efficiently. Improve the performance of your agents with a 100% online contact center, real-time analytics and predictive dialer to optimize the time between one call and another.
All rates include:
Instant Call Reports
Call Layout after Completion
Your Own Caller ID
Automatic sending of Mails
Incoming Call Management
Real-time Activity Panels
Call Lists for Agents
Different Levels of Administration
Advanced outbound solution including predictive dialing, featuring patented technologies such as Live Person Detection (LPD™) and SNoDrop™ using Artificial Intelligence to deliver compliant & effective predictive dialing with 0% abandoned call rates. The solution includes its own CRM system as well as visual campaign creation and management as well as automated data import and export capabilities. The package comes with highly visual and open call scripting technology and an SDK (Software Development Kit) is also available for embedding the dialer into your own user front end.
Discover Nuxiba's all-in-one dialer solutions. Either predictive or automatic, our software adapts to your business needs with a powerful and easy-to-use system. We offer TCPA compliance options, so you never have to worry about issues with the law and PCI Data Security so you can protect your cardholder's data information during every call.
Stop worrying about technicalities and focus on the most valuable aspect: giving the best service and customer experience with our intuitive features. All of our features and modules are fully adaptable to any business needs.
Obtain the benefits of using software fully tailored to your business, start saving money, and boosting your productivity.
Reach more contacts, in less time with PhoneBurner. Powering thousands of client and millions of calls, our cloud-based software eliminate repetitive tasks so agents have up to 4x more live conversations. Unlike other dialers, PhoneBurner delivers 100% delay-free connections with no awkward pause. Conversations start off with promise, not hangups.
- Call 60-80 contacts per hour, per agent
- Instantly leave voicemails
- Send 1-touch emails
- Automate workflows and call logging
- Record and transfer calls
- Access reporting and analytics
- Intelligently distribute leads
- Dial from local Caller IDs
- Get free white-glove onboarding
Scales to any size team with no contracts, no setup fees, and no per minute charges. Start a free trial without a credit card.
A predictive dialler is an outbound call system that automatically dials from a list of telephone numbers. Also known as Power or Auto dialers it will automatically help agents make more calls, generate higher rates of connections, increase conversions, manage voicemail, no-answers and disconnected numbers.
We’ve made it easy to get started, we offer packages to best suit your needs and don't tie you into long term contracts. Don't take our word for it take out a no-commitment free trial!
|15.)||Teckinfo Solutions Pvt. Ltd.|
The InterDialog Dialer is an independent & intelligent auto dialer software that controls the outbound calls using various algorithms. This call center dialer works as Predictive Dialer Software, Progressive Dialer Software, Preview Dialer Software or Power Dialer Software based on the requirement of the process. It allows the system to create groups/caller lists and then dials out to multiple calling groups/lists at the same time, thus helping target a wider market segment in a shorter period of time.
The predictive dialer software and automatic dialer algorithms used by the InterDialog Dialer are designed to improve efficiency by lowering the wait time, the number of dropped calls and t...
|16.)||Tru29 Outsource Solutions Inc.|
Custom Outsourced Solutions
Tru29 Solutions tailor fits a dialer solution that will truly suit your needs.
Voiptime Contact Center
Our contact center solution allows processing the high volume of client requests from different channels (voice, webchat, email, web callbacks), running massive outbound dialing campaigns, and makes all call center operations visible for management. Voiptime Cloud Contact Center is a professional calling solution for outbound and inbound calls. It’s a plug-and-play software that immediately increases the productivity of your call center department. With the help of our solution you are able to:
- Automate lead prospecting and have 4x more live conversations daily;
- Increase the agent occupancy up to 80-90% with the help of the fastest Predictive dialer;
- Smooth out the peaks of calls by...