How using Gamification helps Call Centers Improve Performance

 

The job of a call center agent can be tough.  As a manager of a call center, you need to help agents deliver competent or more importantly high quality service in an efficient way. We all know it is a big challenge but not all of us know HOW it can be accomplished.

Luckily, we have some ideas!  The key strategy is Gamification, a concept you have probably heard about. Gamification has been proven to work well in call centers. It helps managers identify and measure KPIs while motivating and rewarding agents for performing those key activities that lead to success.

Let’s bring this down to earth.  Some key activities in a call center may be:

  • Making Outbound phone calls to sell products or services
  • Making Outbound phone calls to manage accounts and secure renewal or retention of customer
  • Handling incoming phone calls or inputs from various sources to provide customer service
  • Carry out a debt management function
  • Making Outbound phone calls to research customer and support sales process

Gamification allows you to measure and improve activities like number of phone calls, or incidents closed, or revenue collected, which are metrics you have identified as essential for success.  Immediately sharing and displaying these metrics, provides agents with a clear idea of the importance of their goals to the organization, how they are tracking against those objectives and what to do to improve.  They will also receive immediate public recognition for a job well done.  Appreciation costs little and is considered the best motivator, especially in challenging work environments.

Commonly used strategies and traditional contests provide short term results and sometimes cause backlash. They differ from gamification in that they do not permanently change business habits or engage the worker with the goals of the organization. The are rarely tied to the technology already in use.  Also, applying gamification strategies is not merely about rewarding individuals to cause a change in behavior. It is also about analyzing and using data to define strong business strategies.  It’s a WIN-WIN for both the worker and the organization. Gamification will help agents stay motivated and strive to improve performance over time, while providing the organization increased data, revenue and overall success.