Storacall launches PERSPECTIVE, live agent support that’s worth a closer look Wednesday 9 July 2008 PDF Print Storacall launches PERSPECTIVE Live agent support that’s worth a closer look Today Storacall launches PERSPECTIVE – a software package that helps trainers and supervisors to improve call handling and customer service through live support, monitoring and real-time coaching of agents. The launch comes in the nick of time for an industry that is feeling the pinch from budgetary scale backs and increased customer expectations. Last year in an industry-wide attempt to drive down costs, the average induction time for a call centre worker fell from 36 to just 21 days†. As a direct result customer service levels have fallen and resolution rates – the number of calls where a customer query is resolved to mutual satisfaction – are running at an all time low at just 50 percent†. (To give you an idea of how poor that figure is the industry target is 85 percent.) Storacall’s new PERSPECTIVE solution will assist call centre managers by providing them with improved control of staff, reduced complexity and faster response and resolution of escalating sessions, which, in turn, should lead to an increase in the number of successful outcomes. The solution provides powerful tools to manage and train agents during the novice induction phase as well as delivering ongoing mentoring and support thereafter. Features include training material broadcasting, the ability to conduct live group training from the agent’s desktop and real-time supervisor monitoring and support as well as whisper coaching and remote control of agent desktops. On average, UK call centres spend £9,000 on training and development per agent. Even for a small call centre of fewer than 10 operatives, this figure represents a huge ongoing outlay. And yet staff retention is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today. Inadequate or rushed training frustrates both call centre workers and customers. As a direct result, call centres have a high rate of ‘churn’. PERSPECTIVES can help reduce churn rates by making training more effective, helping to build confidence among staff and improving job satisfaction. The traditional ‘buddy-buddy’ approach to call operative training, where experienced members of staff are teamed up with novices, has its drawbacks. The earning potential of higher performing agents is reduced as their time is taken up with training. This can affect moral with experienced agents unable to achieve their full sales potential and subsequent commission. With nearly a quarter of workers throwing in the towel every year, PERSPECTIVE could help companies buck the trend, thereby saving tens of thousands of pounds in the short-to-mid term. Another reason why PERSPECTIVE is good news for call centre managers is that it can be used to support training and development of full or partial multi-skill teams to deliver flexibility that is essential for managing fluctuating call demand cost efficiently. Storacall Managing Director Graham Leighton commented, “Initial trials of PERSPECTIVE have shown improvements in customer service levels and in job satisfaction among agents. These two go hand in hand for maintaining staff moral and reducing training and HR costs.” Storacall is confident that the solution will not only deliver a rapid return on investment, it will continue to pay for itself many times over. As Graham Leighton says, “PERSPECTIVE will have the same impact on driving down call centre running costs that ACD systems had in the 90s. Only this time around with an improvement in customer satisfactions levels.” Perspective complements Storacall’s comprehensive range of call centre solutions. For a full information pack, call 01932 710710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org † Survey conducted by Synovate on behalf of Dimension Data and based on in-depth questionnaires of 166 call centres in 24 countries and five continents. Storacall Voice Systems, part of the Storacall Group established in 1969, has over twenty-five years’ experience in supplying telephone call handling and voice recording solutions to blue chip companies and organizations, including government departments, utilities, retail, manufacturing and service sectors within the UK. The company specialises in delivering telecommunications and customer service solutions covering call routing, voice processing, call recording, intelligent call queuing, ACD, UCD, Centrex distribution, VoIP, unified messaging, voice mail, IVR, CRM, CTI and agent evaluation for call centre, help desk, contact centre, and emergency notification applications. www.storacall.co.uk Swan House, Windmill Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middx TW16 7DT Tel: 01932 710710 Fax: 01932 710711 e-mail: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Storacall in the following categories: Business & Finance, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.