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Driving Service Quality and Efficiency in Customer Contact Centres. Andy Cranshaw COPC Asia Pacific Inc. Agenda. The New Reality Definitions of Service, Quality and Efficiency Some Contact Centre Myths Service level – How to set your target Quality – Being right or being nice?

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Driving Service Quality and Efficiency in Customer Contact Centres

Andy Cranshaw

COPC Asia Pacific Inc


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Agenda Centres

  • The New Reality

  • Definitions of Service, Quality and Efficiency

  • Some Contact Centre Myths

  • Service level – How to set your target

  • Quality – Being right or being nice?

  • Efficiency – Driving down AHT the easy way

  • The COPC-2000® Standard


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Improved Service Centres

Higher Quality

The Way We Were…….


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Improved Service Centres

Higher Quality

Improved Sat

The New Reality….

AND REDUCE COST!!!


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Service…. Centres

  • Is the speed with which we do things

  • For inbound phone it’s our service level

  • For inbound e-mail or other non-phone activities it’s our cycle time or turnaround time


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Quality…. Centres

  • Quality is the accuracy or defect rate of our transactions

  • It’s consistency

  • It’s our ability to resolve issues first time every time


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Efficiency…. Centres

  • Is the amount of output we get for our input

  • It’s AHT – the amount of calls that we can handle in a given time period

  • It’s utilisation – the percentage of time in a day that our staff spend doing productive work


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Some Contact Centre Myths Centres

  • Having a faster service level makes our customers happier

  • Driving down AHT will have a negative impact on our quality and Customer Satisfaction

  • It’s the quality of the interaction between our staff and customers that drives satisfaction

  • You can’t measure defect rate in a service environment




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Service Level Benchmarks Centres

Speed of Answer Benchmarks

  • COPC finds an approach adopted by High Performance Centres is to determine the slowest speed of answer (not the fastest) that can be achieved without adversely affecting customer satisfaction.

    • This can only be done with frequent (e.g., monthly) customer satisfaction data that can be correlated with actual service levels.

  • COPC has worked with several companies that have done definitive research on this

    • All slowed their speed of answer target because they found that speed of answer was not as critical to customer satisfaction as they had originally thought

    • In one case, they changed their Service Level target to 80/40 from 80/20 for customer service in the U.S. and Europe


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Service Level Benchmarks Centres

Speed of Answer Benchmarks

  • High performance centers manage consistency and calculate Service Level based on the percentage of (prime) intervals the Service Level is achieved for the time period instead of the overall Service Level.

    • “Prime Intervals”—periods where 2/3-3/4 of daily volume arrives

    • “Targeted Band”—acceptable range for Service Level (e.g., 83% to 88% where overall goal is 85%)

    • Best observed target is Service Level must be within Targeted Band for at least 75% of Prime Intervals each day


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Quality Monitoring Doesn’t Work Centres

India, Third party CSP


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Being Nice Isn’t The Same As Being Right! Centres

India, Third party CSP


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Being Nice Doesn’t Drive Customer Satisfaction Centres

% Sat, Vsat

% Impact on Overall CS Satisfaction

Authority to Handle Request

Timely Resolution

Showed Genuine Concern

Knowledgeable

Courteousness

Understood Request

Answered Call Promptly

56

28

55

58

53

29

51

56

71

69

21

71

Oct

67

Nov

18

65

67

Dec

88

1

84

87

80

2

74

77

81

2

80

US Customer Service

81



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Accuracy Benchmarks Centres

Benchmarks: Transaction Monitoring

  • High performance centres define and measure fatal and non-fatal errors separately.

    • Fatal errors are those which, by their nature cause a transaction to be defective

    • Non-fatal errors are those which may irritate the customer slightly but will not cause a breakdown in your relationship.


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Fatal Errors CentresA Different Calculation

US, Health Insurance

Measured by Opportunity

Measured by Unit


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Accuracy Benchmarks Centres

Benchmarks: Transaction Monitoring

  • High performance centres carry out quantitative calibration among monitors.

    • Training calibration is where monitors listen to a call, score it, discuss the call, and agree on a final score.

    • Quantitative calibration goes one step further. It involves quantifying the repeatabilty, reproducibility, and accuracy of the monitors.


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Accuracy Benchmarks Centres

Accuracy Benchmarks—COPC 2003 Data

  • Phone Fatal Error Accuracy

    • Averaged 95%

    • High performance centers achieved 98%-99%

  • Phone Non-Fatal Error

    • Averaged 91% for all centers with this data

    • High performance centers achieved greater than 95% accuracy

  • Non-Phone: The best COPC has seen:

    • For high volume mail processing (i.e., two million pieces per month) a CSP is averaging 99.2% accuracy (for fatal and non-fatal) with a range of 98%-99.9% (measured by opportunity).

  • Non-phone: High Performance Centers

    • 98%-99% fatal error accuracy

    • 95%-98% non-fatal error accuracy


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Managing Efficiency Centres

How Efficient Are We?

Labor Efficiency

Asset/Technology Efficiency

Support Staff Efficiency

How Productive is Productive Time

Time in Productive State

Wages

&

Benefits

What supervisors and managers can control


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Managing Efficiency Centres

Labor Efficiency

How Productive is Productive Time

Time in Productive State

Handle Time as Percent of Paid Time

AHT Reduction

Work Hours as Percent of Paid Hours

Handle Time as Percent of Work Hours



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Managing AHT Outliers Centres

S.E Asia, Bank

Target 240 secs


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No Relationship Between AHT and Quality Centres

US, Tech Support




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The COPC-2000 Centres® Standard

  • The COPC-2000® Standard is a globally recognised performance management methodology that drives results:

    • Improves financial performance

      • Lower Costs

      • Enhance Revenues

    • Increases operational performance

      • Shorten Cycle Times – how long it takes

      • Improve On-Time – achieving what you promise

      • Increase Efficiency – reduce costs

    • Improves Satisfaction levels

      • Staff

      • Customers & Clients


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The COPC-2000 Centres® Standard

  • The Standard is administrated by the COPC Standards Committee, an international group of senior level Contact Centre practitioners committed to raising the standards of contact centre performance.

  • The current Standards Committee has representatives from:

  • Bell Canada

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Centrelink (Australia)

  • ClientLogic

  • Convergys

  • COPC

  • General Motors

  • Japanese Users Group

  • L.L. Bean

  • DHL (Singapore)

  • Microsoft

  • Motorola

  • Sykes B.V. (Netherlands)

  • TransWorks (India)


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The COPC-2000 Centres® Standard

  • For further information and to download the Standard:

  • www.copc.com


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Cost Centres

Customer Sat

Quality

Service

The New Reality…..

Any Questions?


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