Convin’s automated agent coaching is instrumental in building skills that impact agent performance and customer experience.Automated Agent Coaching
Call center coaching is an organized activity to improve the skill set of customer service and sales representatives. The skills can involve effective communication with customers, getting apprised with call center software, etc.
Call center coaching can involve several processes such as one-to-one guidance sessions, group learning, peer-to-peer learning, role-playing, etc. All this should be followed in alignment with exhaustive feedback so that agents understand the company’s expectations and how they are faring against the KPIs.
As per a popular saying- “Great call center agents are not born, they are made!”
And for that, you need a robust call center training program. Such coaching modules empower agents with the requisite technical tools and knowledge to assist customers in the best possible way.
Not only customers but call center coaching also leads to confident employees as agents can see growth in their skillset. This enhances their productivity and promotes an overall positive work environment.
There are three popular contact center coaching models. We discuss them below-
GROW stands for Goal, Reality, Options, Will. This model constitutes formulating questions around these four categories and evaluating your call center performance. GROW model is the best for face-to-face and side-by-side coaching. However, it is not preferred for call center online coaching.
The Think Model is a standard criterion considered before offering feedback to an agent. Feedback is a crucial aspect of call center coaching and can make or break your efforts. The Think model helps you formulate your feedback in such a way that it is positive and inspiring rather than negative. You can use this model in the following way-
‘Ask Yourself, is your feedback True, Honest, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind?’ (THINK)
This model takes a pragmatic approach to giving feedback to customer service reps. You award them two stars for every two tasks successfully achieved by the agent. At the same time, you ask them the particular aspect they wish to see improvement in.
A call center coaching manager understands that their employees are as important as customers to their business success. Hence they stay away from micro-managing their agents, instead focussing on aligning the organization's growth with the personal growth of agents.
Call agents look up to center coaching managers, and their feedback guides agents improvement journey. Hence the primary goal for the management should be to identify the ‘Why’ of their coaching style. Team leaders can inspire agents and enable them to reach the pinnacle of their skill set. They should thus set a goal to usher in a positive work environment to take each agent along.
The agents should know the product/service your client offers so they can tackle customer grievances confidently. Empower your agents by establishing a knowledge base that can be accessed on live calls.
How your reps greet customers and talk to them throughout the call can become a hallmark of your brand. Often customers will form a lasting impression of your brand based on how agents behaved with them on the call.
An agent’s tone and choice of words also hold a lot of power. If everything is top-notch, they can easily convert potential leads. But if the tone was off or inappropriate comments were used, even the most loyal customers would jump ship and go to your competitors.
You don’t want your agents wasting time figuring out the solutions while being live. Hence you should train them in handling the call center software. This significantly reduces the Average Hold Time (AHT) for each customer and enhances agent’s productivity.
As a call center manager, you have to remember that coaching is not an isolated concept.It is intrinsically linked to the work atmosphere. You must consider your agent’s well-being while helping them achieve professional achievements. This can be done in several easy steps-
You might have put up agents for coaching, but it won’t bear much result if you are not monitoring their progress regularly and observing whether coaching is making any changes in their performance.
Feedback is a two-way road, with both manager and agent feedback holding a significant place. However, agent feedback doesn’t get the same importance. You have to trust that your agents want to improve genuinely. They might offer valuable suggestions that can enhance the effectiveness of your training program.
There can be no end to improvement; every tiny thing about your call center might show promise of upgrading. Often coaching sessions become the ground for covering every possible skill in the sun. Without focussed sessions, agents might not grasp your expectations or even become disengaged.
Every experienced manager or agent( having spent six months or more) understands the importance of metrics such as average handling time (AHT), first-contact resolution (FCR), or customer satisfaction (CSAT). They’d also know that an upward trend in FCR and CSAT and a reducing trend in AHT is a good indicator, suggesting the effectiveness of the agent coaching program.
Instead of chasing the metrics, contact center coaching has become a frustrating task for call center coaches and agents alike. And the turn of events can be attributed to a number of reasons:
Hence, the discussion boils down to a simple and modern conclusion: Creating smarter call center coaching techniques—will upskill contact center agents with personalized, targeted, and timely coaching that eliminates human dependency.
And accepting the new way of coaching is the best opportunity for scaling organizations with a large call volume and growing contact center teams.
The first pillar of a successful coaching session is engagement. Coaching can go on for a longer period, and there is a risk of agents losing interest. You have to ensure that you help them maintain the same level of enthusiasm and engagement.
Another fundamental pillar of successful call center coaching is simulation. This step is particularly essential for new joiners. You can make them comfortable with the various call center solutions you use through role-play or mock interactions. You can also give them an on-call experience handling all types of customers.
Automating repetitive tasks leaves more time for agents for coaching sessions.
Contact centers should use software that offers actionable insights into agents’ performance. They can then successfully judge an agent’s capability on multiple indicators.
Digitization of coaching modules can work wonders for your business. You’d have a number of tools at your disposal- on-demand coaching videos, call recordings of top performers, gamification, etc. Digital coaching is beneficial for coaching remote agents.
Convin’s automated agent coaching is built for contemporary contact centers. Our solution can streamline coaching and help agents deliver top-notch performance within 45 days.
Ability to evaluate agent call performance with AI. Call auditing is conducted on 100% of agent calls instead of manual, random, and smaller samples.
As an option, managers can manually score agents even after receiving the AI call score.
Managers are relieved of the responsibility of assigning coaching sessions and bringing training material to the table. Agents can automatically receive coaching recommendations.
Agents receive only relatable coaching moments. Practically, agent performance issues are categorized under “skill” and “will” components. Agents can access will or skill coaching sessions based on the call scores.
The coaching recommendations are reflected in the emails and platform for agents’ convenience.
Convin believes in replicating top-performance. As a best practice, the coaching sessions will be snippets auto-generated from top-performing agents' recorded calls. Newcomers can leverage the coaching program to ramp up faster.
With the backing of AI, analytics and reporting are performed on all agent calls. The coaching progress is also reported and displayed to managers and agents. Access to a comparative team dashboard excites agents to perform better and outperform their peers.
Convin monitors and analyzes 100% of calls automatically based on custom parameters set by your organization. The conversation analysis offers winning behavior identification and last-mile automated agent coaching.
Convin’s call center tool automatically reviews 100% of customer calls using custom call evaluation forms and spots agent performance challenges and unhappy customer conversations. Through automated quality management, managers and QA generate call scores that help establish coaching needs and staff dissatisfaction.
With the help of conversation insights and deal status, Convin presents parameters that drive positive and negative outcomes for the business. Spot violations, winning parameters, customer sentiments, and threats to take proactive measures before customer calls.
Convin’s system automatically generates coaching opportunities after reviewing agent performance. Based on the AI-driven call scores- good, average, and poor performers are identified, and the platform triggers personalized agent coaching based on the requirement. Coaching instances are extracted from the top performers' conversations and best practices. This method improves call handling quality and reduces supervisor escalations to a large extent.
CI records, transcribes, and analyzes conversations to generate call insights and transcriptions. The conversation intelligence software discourages manual conversation review and all other non-sales activities by automating notes, action items, and CRM entries.
Access agent performance KPI and customer experience quality criteria to produce consumable role-based reports pinpointing key challenges and opportunities. These reports are not only available on the Convin platform but are periodically emailed to the managers.
At Convin, we understand the customer and call data security importance; that’s why we ensure your data is completely secure and safe with our in-house transcription and NLP engine. We ensure call data security in the following ways:
And Convin, as of now, supports English, Hindi, and Hinglish. And it takes less than a week to get you onboarded, so don’t wait, schedule a demo right away!
Optimizing the efficiency of the call center requires identifying and closing agent performance gaps and aligning agents with personalized peer-to-peer coaching.