Category: Quality Assurance Call Monitoring

Setting Call Center Quality Monitoring Goals

As we embark upon a new year, many of our organizations are looking to improveproductivity, increase the bottom line.  The idea is to find creative ways to improve performance.   In addition, it is understood by many executive managers that improvement derives from performance management and training.  For call centers, this can include enhancements to quality and training programs.  Here’s some food for thought as you begin your journey of process improvements as it relates to service quality.
 
1. Clearly define your goals. Get committed to goal setting based on what your customers deem as...
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Bell County 9-1-1 Shares Public Safety Recording and Quality Assurance Best Practices

Bell County 9-1-1 Communication Center’s mission is to provide consolidated and integrated communications for public safety entities within Bell County, Texas. The public safety recording system Bell County had in place was inefficient – communications personnel had to look for information in many different places and assemble results manually.
 
The pursuit of internal efficiency led Bell County Communications to the award-winning VPI EMPOWER 911 suite, which was implemented to record, monitor, and evaluate emergency and non- emergency communications. 
 
Bell County 9-1-1 greatly improved public...
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VPI’s New Instant Analyzers Drive Faster Access to Customer and Operational Insights

 

VPI (Voice Print International, Inc. http://www.VPI-corp.com), the world’s premier developer of Contact Center Workforce Optimization solutions, today announced new capabilities for the award winning VPI EMPOWER™ and VPI EMPOWER 911™ software suites. VPI solutions provide a unique and powerful advantage – every mix-and-match software module is enhanced with embedded analytics and workflow automation – from call recording and quality monitoring to performance management reporting and E-learning. Building upon this outstanding value proposition, VPI’s new version 5.4 now includes advanced...

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Priority Dispatch and VPI Unite to Offer the Most Advanced Quality Assurance Solution for Emergency Communication Centers

 

VPI (Voice Print International), the global leader in public safety recording, quality assurance and Coaching systems,and Priority Dispatch,  the leading  provider of emergency call taking, dispatch and training systems, today announced that they have forged a groundbreaking strategic partnership. Leveraging decades of experience and expertise, the two companies have united their award-winning, first-class technologies to provide the industry’s single most advanced, integrated quality assurance solution. The companies will be demonstrating the integrated solution at the Navigator 2013...

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40 Best Practices for Better Public Safety Communications

Public Safety Best Practices ForumWe've complied 40 of the most innovative and useful best practices that were shared by the many PSAPs and experts that attended this year's regional Public Safety Best Practices Forum events and 'Top 40 Public Safety Best Practices' Webcast hosted by VPI, Priority Dispatch, Avaya, Avtec and Replay Systems

Better Hiring

1)     Schedule an ‘All-in-one-day’ Hiring Blitz – use to significantly speed up the hiring process. Job orientation, computer-based pre-employment skill tests, suitability screening assessments, application and supplemental background pre-screening questionnaire, and...

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Boosting 9-1-1 Dispatcher Retention with Consistent Quality Assurance

911 Dispatcher Quality AssuranceBest Practices shared at the Public Safety Best Practices Forum in Washington DC, September 26, 2013

9-1-1 call taker and dispatcher recruitment, screening, training, accreditation and retention were the dominant topics at the most recent Public Safety Best Practices forum – for a good reason. Stakes are much higher than for any other customer service contact center, and so the process from the day of recruitment to the first day of active duty is longer, more stringent, and far more expensive.   The cost of training a new PSAP employee is typically estimated in the tens of thousands...

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Know The Real Truth on Agent Performance and Workforce Optimization?

And have you really done what it takes to win the battle for customers?  Check the latest article from Ventana Research to find out.  

There is a lot of buzz around deploying systems and processes for multi-channel customer communications and self-service as a path to earning customer trust, loyalty and repeat business.  That is certainly commendable…but did you know that over 90 percent of customer communications are still over the phone?  Most people continue to prefer getting help by talking to people. Yet, Ventana’s research shows that many companies are still immature in managing their...

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QA & Training Tip: Coaching to Celebrate: Focusing Quality Assurance on Strengths

Coaching to celebrate simply focuses on all the positives that take place during the call. This is the coach’s time to reinforceeffective behaviors that you want to see repeated on future calls. Coaching to celebrate sessions are great for boosting morale and motivating your strong performers (or maybe just an average performer that had a strong call) to keep up the great work.

Remember when you celebrate a call, do so immediately and be specific with your feedback.

Ask questions to help agents reflect on the call center and company goals they are helping to achieve when they are succeeding on...

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QA & Training Tip - Keep a Call Center Quality Assurance Calibration Log

It’s a good idea to track key decisions points that arise during your call calibration sessions. A Calibration Log should contain the following: date, quality evaluation attribute, discussion points, and notes onany action items required to communicate the outcome to agents and others (supervisors, trainers, and coaches). 

Below is an example:

Date: Quality Attribute: Discussion Points: Action:
11/14/08 1.2 Verifies customer address and phone number What if agent verifies street address and not city/state/zip? Update Quality Standards Doc to include: Verifies address means street, house or apt. number,...
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40 Stats Shaping the Future of Contact Centers

The Future of Call Center Workforce OptimizationDid you know that almost one in every 25 jobs in the US is within the contact center industry? Pretty thought provoking, huh? But just what does the future hold for the people, processes and technologies of this constantly evolving environment? As the leading developer and provider of contact center workforce optimization solutions and services, we at VPI decided to compile a list of compelling statistics that are shaping the future of customer contact and our solution portfolio. Check it out:

Customer Experience

1) Even in a negative economy, customer experience is a high priority for...

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911 Voice Logging Recorder Comparison – Legacy vs. Next Generation

911 Voice Logging Recorder ComparisonThe ways in which we communicate today are very different from the analog wired telephony world of 1968, when the nation’s first PSAP began serving the public. The advent of mobile text messages, mobile video, automatic crash notification systems, geographic positioning systems and other communications channels provide an exciting opportunity to provide faster and better emergency services. Leveraging these new technologies is just one of many reasons for the federal government-sponsored Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1 initiative. 

911 voice logging recorder systems in NG9-1-1 are evolving to become...

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QA & Training Tip: Quality Monitoring for Voice of the Customer

A Continual Performance Improvement process makes use of technology, quality monitoring, and performance coaching to improvethe customer experience. Do you have a system in place to not just evaluate agent performance but also capture what your customer is telling you?

It all begins with call recording. When a call center records calls, it has the ability to collect and gain insights into the customer experience, even with incidental comments made during a customer service interaction. If only we were listening!

After calls are recorded, the next step requires the “human element” where quality...

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VPI Quality Assurance and Training Article Featured by NENA Magazine

VPI Public Safety Recording and Quality Assurance Solutions Featured in NENA The Call MagazineWant to improve the quality of your mission-critical communications? Still grappling with impending Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) changes?

You’re not alone. Public safety and security agencies nationwide are working hard to meet the challenges of these demanding new regulations. Many are busy updating their voice logging software to a fully compliant NG9-1-1 recording system and integrating their call recording equipment with call quality assurance software. However, despite significant emphasis upon the adoption of new technologies and processes, one thing that’s often overlooked is the...

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Quality Assurance 2.0: Using Analytics to Focus QA on Outcomes

QATCBoosting customer satisfaction is more important than ever before. Consumers today live in an instant gratification society and are not only choosier with how they spend their money, but also demand an exceptional customer experience. Now's the time to take control and learn how to improve customer satisfaction and reduce operating costs by reading VPI's article on 'Quality Assurance 2.0: Using Analytics to Focus QA on Outcomes," which has been featured as the top story in the Quality Assurance & Training Connection (QATC) newsletter.

Quality Assurance 2.0: Using Analytics to Focus QA on...

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Public Safety Quality Assurance: Four Signs of Success

Public Safety Quality Assurance SoftwareHave you attended NENA’s recent webinar on “Quality Assurance & Improving PSAP Call Taking”?  Clearly, NENA sees, encourages and supports the progression of PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) communications towards better standardization in communication protocols and procedures, backed by improved quality control that leads to timely improvements - before call taker knowledge gaps or procedural problems end up costing human lives. This was a great affirmation for many attendees of the webinar who already started this process or are preparing to get started. Indeed, our experience with...

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Extreme Makeover: Call Center Quality Assurance Edition

Call Center Quality Assurance Article as Seen in Inbound MagazineJust like a home that sometimes needs to be refreshed, traditional quality assurance has reached a fork in the road of its 30-year life. Now's the perfect time to re-evaluate the way we monitor and measure our call center agents and “cleaning house” in the Quality Assurance (QA) department to make room for analytics-oriented QA tools and best practices. By implementing this makeover in your contact center, you can radically reduce manual steps required by most QA applications by more than 60 percent. And, who among us can’t use 60% less manual work?

 

Get started with these key items of focus in...

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Top 3 Call Center Quality Assurance Best Practices from the QATC Conference

Quality Assurance and Training Connection Annual ConferenceI recently attended the annual Quality Assurance and Training Connection (QATC) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. At the “60 Quality Assurance Ideas in 60 Minutes” panel, I learned numerous best practices to implement in a QA program. Here are three great tips worth implementing:
 
1) Focus your Quality Assurance resources on high value calls – all calls are not created equal.
 
Typically today, we select a random sample of calls to evaluate from all calls and score a small number of calls for each agent. By using affordable and easy-to-implement tools like desktop analytics softwarethat will...
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Hope is Not a QA Strategy: Don't Leave Your Contact Center Quality to Chance

VPI Article: Hope is Not a Contact Center Quality Assurance StrategyPatrick Botz, VPI’s VP of Workforce Optimization, recently met with the editors of Contact Center Pipeline to share his thoughts on the state of today’s Quality Assurance practices.  The resulting article, “Hope is Not a QA Strategy: Don't Leave Your Contact Center Quality to Chance,” appears in this month’s issue of the journal. Patrick’s premise is that if sales is a carefully planned strategy offering solutions to problems, why wouldn’t contact centers leverage the same level of strategy to focus their Quality Assurance (QA) efforts on driving business outcomes, solving customer problems...Read More »
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Analytics Powering the New Focus on Quality

Featured in the Quality Assurance and Training Connection (QATC) newsletter

Targeted Analytics-Driven Call Quality MonitoringAfter over a decade of doing things the same way, traditional contact center quality monitoring is getting a major facelift. New analytics solutions and best practices are taking the ‘random’ out of and quality monitoring and transforming the way contact centers pursue and the speed in which they achieve their goals.

William A. Foster once said, “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many...
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Saddletree Research Podcast Reveals Call Quality Monitoring Secrets

Call Center Quality Assurance PodcastVPI's Vice President of Workforce Optimization, Patrick Botz, recently sat down with Paul Stockford of Saddletree Research to about the changing role of quality assurance (QA) in the contact center and new strategies that allow contact centers to fine-tune the QA process in order to gain more value out of the quality monitoring process. In addition to being the Chief Analyst for Saddletree, Paul is also the Director of Research at the National Association of Call Centers. So he really is busy keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry.

Paul’s research recently found that call center...
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