The invisible heroes of the customer contact centre
The past year has been one of many changes. Uncertainty too. Stress. We have all had to adjust to ‘the new normal’. We realise that things that we used to take for granted are actually quite special. Having a cup of coffee somewhere, visiting a museum, going shopping on your day off, or discussing the weekend with your colleagues on a Monday morning. At the office of course.
We now mainly live at a distance from one another. We speak and see each other via Zoom or Teams, we shop online, and a pleasant evening at a restaurant with friends or family has been replaced by a home-delivered meal.
We are also seeing changes in the world of customer service. The pressure in contact centres has increased, not least because in many cases is not possible to have ‘physical’ contact with a company. It is the – often ‘invisible’ – contact centre agents who are the first to interact with your customers, via whichever channel.
In short, the customer contact centre (CCC) has more than ever before become the company’s business card. Whether it concerns a bank, a healthcare institution, a webshop or a travel organisation. Telephone provider, meal delivery service, breakdown assistance, or electricity company. It does not matter.
Tools and technology
It is important to take a close look at what you could do as a company to make the lives of your contact centre employees that little bit more pleasant. Which tools make their work more enjoyable and enable them to serve the customer as well as possible? After all, they are the ones who can ensure that your company can distinguish itself from its competitors. That your customer not only feels assisted but also heard. Especially now.
The people behind the employees
So isn’t it also important to look beyond the tools and technology? Beyond knowledge management, omnichannel, and AI? Take a look at the people behind the employees. Who are they? What motivates them? How are things at home? Think about adjustments at work – however small – that could contribute to a better work-life balance. Provide the right training and coaching.
Or simpler yet: express your appreciation that little bit more often to your staff and co-workers. Ask them to share positive experiences with the team. Feedback from a happy customer, a remarkable conversation, or a funny anecdote.
How to make a difference
The goal is to find the right balance between technology and empathy. Because in the end, it all comes down to this: that your customer service employees can emerge as customer service heroes. Heroes who are there for your customers. Day in, day out.
Are you wondering what you could do in your organisation to make a difference? We are happy to help!
At DDM Consulting we believe that our customers benefit most from tailor-made advice, without preference for a particular product or specific supplier. That is why we offer a wide range of intelligent omnichannel contact centre solutions, delivered by renowned partners who are all specialists in their field. This approach makes us flexible in finding the solution that best suits our customers’ specific needs and ambitions.
We guarantee a successful implementation, ensure integration with all existing back-end systems, and take care of managing and maintaining the platform. Our clients come from a wide range of sectors, from major financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies, to telecom operators, healthcare institutions, government agencies, retail, and media. We are especially known for delivering customised solutions for corporate clients with complex structures, such as customer-specific integrations with back-end systems and the development of add-ons. Sometimes we even build a completely new product! That is how we ensure that the chosen contact centre solution exactly matches our customer’s wishes, needs and business processes.
We have grown into a team of about 30 contact centre experts and are mainly active in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.