During the COVID-19 outbreak, a leading gas and electric energy provider retailer moved its contact center to a virtual remote environment. But the company still needed to hire and train agents to serve customers with common issues including billing questions, account updates, and auto payment setup. Traditional in-person training simply wasn’t possible. It needed a new way to provide new agent and ongoing training virtually.
As a long-term CX partner for contact center operations, the client was already using TTEC’s award-winning RealPlayTM training curriculum. It was a natural step to expand the relationship to the virtual learning version of RealPlay. Within two weeks we created a 100% immersive, virtual environment with special consideration paid to the unique ways people learn online. Much of the learning was transformed into an asynchronous, self-paced program featuring practice scenarios in digital sandboxes, followed by personalized coaching and development conducted online.
We stressed to the client that moving online wasn’t just about taking an interactive, instructor-led classroom training and turning it into a presentation-style webcast or worse, a plain lecture. By using existing RealPlay modules and technology, we provided an effective virtual learning set-up that included the following changes:
- Modules converted to activities like Demo and Do, Micro-Drills and Community Research
- Usual side-by-side or y-jacking with tenured agents were replaced by Voice of the Customer call listening activities
- Live tool demos and role-plays were replaced by RealPlay scenarios and sandboxes
TTEC also collaborated with the client’s IT group to ensure that desktops deployed to the homes of learners had all the systems and applications required in the learning program. To make sure the training classes were ready to learn virtually, the team conducted operational readiness testing (ORTs) on PCs and internet connectivity for each learner prior to the start of training.
In the move to a virtual contact center environment, the quality of training never wavered, thanks to the RealPlay asynchronous learning model. The client’s digital courses synced up well with TTEC’s At-Home RealPlay technology— including sandboxes and scenario training— to help provide the best learning experience wherever agents were sitting.