Consider this – which part of your business has the MOST contact with your customers?
The contact centre, of course! Imagine the numbers – across Australia – millions of daily voice and digital interactions, involving call centre staff at the front line of customer service.
How do we value the work they do? Are boards and management listening?
We note this week that Commonwealth Bank is keen to hear what customers are saying. CEO Matt Comyn announced “above all we have to keep listening”. Especially after the Hayne Royal Commission. Comyn has launched an initiative to hold a forum in early November, to get feedback from 400 retail and business customers.
At Citrus Group, we believe feedback from staff in contact centres is one way that senior management can discover very valuable insights about products and services and customer pain or satisfaction.
By placing higher value on insights from our contact centre staff, do we better serve our customers?
We spoke to industry leader Darren Sutton, of HealthShare NSW, who pinpoints 2 things about refining service delivery:
Put simply, your contact centre people and your customers are two critical sources of information that that can feed your service strategy.
Your people are at the front line of service. They can tell you what customers care about. They hear the pain points, they identify problems and, if enabled, can be in a position to solve them. Call centre personnel collect some of the most current, relevant insights into the business.
How to support and value good people in our contact centres:
Let’s look ahead to opportunities in 2020 and beyond, for our contact centre people to play a bigger role at the front end of customer service.
With thanks to: Darren Sutton – HealthShare NSW, Associate Director – Customer Service
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