This week Douglas Jackson attended the CCMA (Call Centre Management Association) seminar; The Contact Centre Skills and Knowledge of the Future.
Here were some of our key takeaways:
The event kicked off with BT Futurologist, Dr Nicola Millard, who talked about the ‘Super Agent 2020′:
- The future of customer contact may well see the contact centre more likely to handle complex problem solving queries, as the customer evolves to do much more themselves, through self-serve; website (FAQ’s), IVR etc.
- This level of additional complexity within Contact Centre enquiries may require a potential new breed of ‘super agents’, which will impact significantly on future recruitment strategy and agent profiles.
- The Call Centre ‘Super Agents’ of the future, will need to deal with increasing “cognitive load” – their ability to deal with multiple tasks which will impact on short-term memory.
- “Loyalty” is in decline as consumers are presented with more choice than ever before, this in turn affects NPS scores, as customers are therefore less likely to recommend a particular organisation.
- Webchat / Livechat is becoming an increasingly popular contact channel, especially with “millennial’s” as a means of communication with organisations; whereas e-mail contact is falling significantly.
- Growing use of “customer effort” as a metric, increasing data to suggest that the ease with which customers transact with a business is of growing significance and possibility that NPS may be replaced with “Net Easy” as a measure of the above.
- Social media considerations need to include , on-line forums in addition to facebook / twitter etc. Information can be found on forums years later, whilst Twitter posts can be gone in hours unless re-tweeted
Dr Nicola was followed by Jo Thomson, Managing Director, Procter who followed on with ‘Leadership in 2020’.
- Desirable Leadership traits would be; Curiosity, Empowerment & Listening for the future.
- This presentation also talked about the profile of the Millennial and how their expectations will have to change our previous leadership perceptions due to the following:
- Millennials are far less willing to compromise on work-life balance than previous generations
- They Want to work within a collaborative rather than “command and control” environment
- More likely to tell CEO (to their face) their opinion, or, to “whistle-blow”
- Influence through social networks, outward looking, flexible attitude through technology
- Want to feel part of and share in the “bigger picture” of the organisation.
Next up was a very engaging presentation from Natalie Keightley from Avaya on the Contact Centre Environment in 2020.
- Omni-Channel Self-Service will be available in every Customer interaction
- “Big Data” analysis – Currently huge amount of data are collated, but, only small samples are presently used – e.g. a few % of calls are monitored by compliance teams – however, increased sophistication of speech analytics software allows much more of this to be used – giving a much deeper “Actionable Insight”
- Increased used of Voice BioMetrics – individual voiceprint, like a fingerprint will enable much better security etc
- Key characteristics of exceptional experience; Timely, Relevant, Personalised, Frictionless
The seminar was a prelude to the much anticipated and sold out UK National Contact Centre Awards, also held at 5 Star Grand Tower Bridge Hotel in London, where it seems a great night was had by all!
Congratulations to all the Finalists and Winners of the evening!
The full list of winners are:
Contact Centre Manager of the Year– Claire Moir, Sykes
Contact Centre Manager – under 100 seats – Sophie Fox, British Gas
Team Manager of the year– Craig Lynn, Capita
E business/Social Media Manager of the year– Vanda Nena, Air France
Call Centre Support Manager of the year – Steve Siddle, British Gas
Customer Services Manager of the year – Helen Notton, Directline Group
Learning Champion of the year–Alison Avo, DVLA
Customer Experience Champion – Michael Sherwood, Tesco Bank
Business Improvements Manager of the year– Gemma Holden, BT
Recruitment Manager of the Year– Deedee James, Conduit
Customer Relations Manager of the year– Lynne Humm, L&Q Housing
Quality Manager of the Year – Adiba Ghauri, Harrow Council
Team of the Year – Directline Group
The UK National Contact Centre Awards are the longest established Contact Centre Awards in the UK.
Over the coming months the CCMA will be organising member best practice visits to all of the award winners contact centres. For further information you can visit the awards website at www.ukcontactcentreawards.co.uk, or, the CCMA website at www.ccma.org.uk.
Tel: 0844 8000623.
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