The nature of work and life has been forever altered by COVID-19, forcing industries of all nature to rapidly adapt. This is especially true for the BPO space, which had to prioritise technology for continuity and to enhance customer and employee experiences that have shifted home.
The world has changed, success lies in organisations that are nimble enough to utilise innovations born out of crisis. CX leaders in the European contact centre space who want to emerge stronger after COVID-19 need to act on the new expectations of both their customers and agents.
The Coronavirus pandemic has led to tectonic shifts in how people live and work all around the world. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have upended traditional societal norms for work, commerce and play. And though the future is uncertain, what is known is that things will not go back to exactly how they were before the crisis started.
It’s not a secret that customers typically call customer support as a last resort but in recent weeks, companies across many industries have reported high increases in call volumes, which fluctuate depending on developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies need a fast way to reduce call volumes and still provide the support that customers are looking for.
In times of crisis -- like right now -- people are naturally anxious. They are unsure of what will happen next. They have questions. They need answers. And in many cases, they are looking to connect with other people to share their experiences, emotions and find someone who will listen. It’s a way to gain reassurance that we’re all in this together.
To weather a crisis, it’s essential that you react and plan strategically. TTEC’s webinar, COVID-19 NOW: What you need to Know NOW, tackled the resiliency practices contact centres need to face histories largest at-home migration.
No one has been left untouched by COVID-19. The test we’ve been faced with is unimaginable. Regardless of how well prepared we have been with contingency plans built out of past catastrophes – tsunamis, volcanos, earthquakes, hurricanes, fire – nothing could have prepared us to the point where we would have considered all 40,000 workstations and 50,000 employees having to work at home.
Forward-thinking business leaders understand that exceptional CX is about continuously seeking better ways to use technology, data, and operations. Well, today, a question for many consumers is, “Why can’t I message this company in addition to calling or sending an email?”
Raise your hand if this describes your firm: Everyone wants to be innovative, but not everyone wants to change. Consider automation. Employees understand the benefits of automation and bots but research shows many employees also fear being replaced by technology.
Does your business need a call centre or a contact centre? Although these terms are often used interchangeably, there are key differences between these common business communication models. Understanding the difference between a call centre and contact centre, and how they apply to your business needs, is a critical first step to building an efficient, differentiated customer experience that drives loyalty and customer satisfaction.