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As Bill Gates wisely commented, "Great organizations demand a high level of commitment by the people involved." This timeless sentiment can't be truer than in today's increasingly digital contact center landscape. With a universal move towards customer-centric strategies, a company's Contact Center plays a pivotally defining role in building and maintaining customer relationships.




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Flevy Management Insights: Contact Center


As Bill Gates wisely commented, "Great organizations demand a high level of commitment by the people involved." This timeless sentiment can't be truer than in today's increasingly digital contact center landscape. With a universal move towards customer-centric strategies, a company's Contact Center plays a pivotally defining role in building and maintaining customer relationships.

Strategic Planning for Contact Centers

In Strategic Planning, the best approach is to consider Contact Centers not as cost centers, but as customer engagement hubs. Embedded within this Strategic Planning should be a focus on Operational Excellence, particularly with respect to Performance Management, risk mitigation, and tech-based innovation.

In order to drive customer engagement and loyalty, it is important to align people, processes, and technology towards creating a superior customer experience. A well-articulated strategy can help contact centers deliver purposeful and consistent customer experiences across different channels. The alignment of these three elements—people, processes, and technology—can lead to a successful outcome in terms of customer satisfaction and business growth.

Operational Excellence in Contact Centers

Operational Excellence in Contact Centers doesn't only revolve around efficiency, speed, and quality but should go beyond these metrics. It is also about aligning the organization to its strategic goals in a manner that maximizes customer value while minimizing waste.

Key characteristics of operationally excellent contact centers include well-defined workflows, streamlined processes, efficient resource utilization, and practices that mitigate Risk Management issues. This would include a constant review of operational key performance indicators (KPIs), regular performance audits, and individual skill enhancements.

Technological Innovation and Digital Transformation

Technology serves as the heart of a modern Contact Center's operations. Our present era brings forth powerful technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and data analytics. Altogether, these have rapidly changed the way contact centers operate—a clear illustration of Digital Transformation.

Contact Center Performance Management

Effective Performance Management is central to achieving Operational Excellence in contact centers. Performance Management involves setting targets, measuring performance against such targets, and improving performance. It's a strategic and integrated approach that ensures sustained success by improving the performance of individuals and teams.

  1. Setting Performance Targets: These should not merely be about achieving the lowest possible cost or highest possible service level. They should also address customer satisfaction, process efficiency, and personnel development.
  2. Measuring Performance: Performance should be measured and tracked through well-defined KPIs. These measurements should go beyond traditional KPIs like average handling time or first call resolution, and also include measures of customer satisfaction, process improvement, and employee skill development.
  3. Improving Performance: Continuous improvement should be at the heart of performance management. This involves seeking ways to improve process efficiency, reduce errors, enhance customer satisfaction, and develop the skills of the workforce.

It's important to remember, however, that effective Contact Center management goes beyond strategizing around cutting-edge technologies and robust performance management systems. Equally important is cultivating a customer-centric culture, which can make the crucial difference in the demanding landscape of today's contact center operations.

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