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future hybrid contact centre

From Nessie to Necessity: The case for the future hybrid contact centre

By Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Remote-Working

In 1992 BT ran an experiment in Inverness – inventively named “the Inverness Experiment”. Eleven valiant volunteers from our contact centres (then called operator services) worked from home for a year. Far from unearthing a monster, the experiment was a success. Customer satisfaction went up, and so did employee satisfaction. However, in those days there was no broadband or WiFi,…

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Microsoft Teams in the Contact Centre

Why use Microsoft Teams in the Contact Centre? + 📺

By Collaboration Tools, Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, Remote-Working

As the contact centre industry evolves, there’s an increasing focus on collaboration and agility. As well as empowering agents to deliver a better, more joined-up experience. For this reason, many contact centres are turning to Microsoft Teams. Relying on its combination of productivity tools, workplace chat, video meetings, shared file storage, and application integration designed to deliver a powerful collaboration…

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Top 10 blog CX posts

Top 10 CX blog posts – learning from 2021

By Contact Centre, Customer Experience, Hybrid Working, Knowledge Management, Microsoft Teams, Moving to the Cloud, Remote-Working, Unified Communications & Collaboration

It’s been another year of transformation for the contact centre industry. The pandemic continues to impact every aspect of people’s lives, forcing companies to adapt to new customer behaviours and changing working models. To help prepare for the year ahead, we’re therefore highlighting some of the key trends to watch out for through a review of our top 10 CX…

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predictions for customer service

4 predictions for customer service in 2022

By AI & Automation, Chatbots & AI, Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Video Communications

What changes will the contact centre see in 2022? To find out we asked a selection of Enghouse experts to look into their crystal balls. Here are some of their top predictions for customer service: 1. Making customer service more visual with video and AR Alex Black, Chief Technical Officer at Enghouse Interactive I’ll start with a recommendation. There is much…

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Pressing the reset button to meet the service challenges ahead

By Contact Centre, Customer Experience, Hybrid Working

It has been an extraordinary and challenging eighteen months for businesses, customers and society since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The levels of resilience and adaptability we have seen have been commendable and, at times, inspirational. Certainly, customer service directors and their teams have risen to a truly demanding set of circumstances. The move to remote working; the sensitivity and empathy…

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customer service agility

Why agility is now at the heart of customer service success

By Customer Experience, Hybrid Working, Moving to the Cloud, Remote-Working, Unified Communications & Collaboration

Over the past 20 years customer service strategy and management has transformed. When contact centres were first established, most companies treated them as a cost centre. That meant the primary strategic aim was to run them as efficiently as possible. This changed as businesses (and management) realised the importance of customer service and customer experience to winning and retaining customers….

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The future of customer service for housing associations

By Housing, Hybrid Working

The ability to deliver high quality, consistent customer service is essential for housing associations. It one of the key areas that regulators evaluate when assessing providers. However, housing associations today face multiple customer service-related challenges, some intensified by the pandemic. What are these challenges and how can they be overcome? Building on our previous guest post from consultant Phil Riley…

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hybrid contact centre culture

Building a contact centre culture for hybrid success

By Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Real-Time Speech Analytics

After a year of disruption, the ending of lockdowns and the opening up of businesses brings more change to the contact centre. Most are likely to adopt hybrid working with staff able to work flexibly either in the office or at home. This will bring new opportunities and challenges. However, the pressure is on for contact centres to adapt quickly. In recent…

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6 key trends in housing association customer service for 2021

By Chatbots & AI, Housing, Hybrid Working, Microsoft Teams, Unified Communications & Collaboration

For Housing Associations, customer service is key to success – it is essential to keep customers happy and make it very easy for them to communicate with the organisation. Previously, customer contact has often been limited to office and telephone interactions.  Coronavirus necessitated a rethink to maintain service standards and customer satisfaction whilst creating a safe working environment for staff…

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Addressing the contact centre retention crisis

By Customer Experience, Hybrid Working, Real-Time Speech Analytics

91% of contact centre staff are likely to leave their role in 2021, according to research carried out for Enghouse Interactive. And nearly half (48%) said that stress or burnout was the key reason for their decision. Given the pressures of the last year this headline figure shouldn’t be a surprise. Contact centre staff have had to deal with the…

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