Recognizing the importance of the Human Element in Customer Interactions
For over 30 years, BPA Quality has been working with some of the world’s biggest organizations with one aim: to improve customer experience and, through this, deliver increased sales, retention, loyalty, cost optimization, compliance, and profitability.
Our many valued clients have a common passion and commitment to create outstanding organizations and work in partnership with BPA Quality to achieve competitive advantage and deliver exceptional results. They understand the strategic importance of having a highly effective quality program within their organization.
As the sphere of influence and recognition of the importance of the Contact Center and quality functions grow, covering all aspects of the business from Sales, Marketing, Product Design, Legal, and Compliance to the Customer-Facing Operations, so the need to capitalize on this key resource becomes imperative.
Our many years of specialism in Contact Centre Quality Assurance places us in a highly informed position; we have listened to millions of “human” customer contact situations, covering almost every customer type, having every conceivable difficulty or requirement.
We have also undertaken this activity internationally, covering 45 languages, so we understand the differences between customer service expectations across multiple cultures.
All of this activity has enabled us to gain a detailed knowledge and view of the behaviors and processes that drive positive customer experience and engagement in Contact Centres and the development of effective quality and coaching programs that enhance performance.
One of the key areas is a detailed understanding of the value and importance every customer interaction has in either positively or negatively impacting customer engagement with the organization.
A great deal of focus in the Contact Center quality programs we encounter remains centered on scripting, process adherence, AHT reduction, risk avoidance, contact deflection, and compliance, and not always on maximizing the real opportunities presented in the Human Element of interactions.
Every conversation with a Customer is a lot more than just saying words and phrases – it’s an opportunity to make a real connection, to build the human element. As humans, unlike machines (chatbots), we have the ability to be creative, intuitive, show real empathy, feeling, and understanding; to connect on a human level.
The human element in interactions provides great opportunities to:
- Build and reinforce your brand
- Build trust, credibility, and highlight competence
- Personalize the interaction and foster mirrored relationships
- Understand the reason for the interaction
- Identify all elements of the contact
- Build a relationship, show empathy, ownership, and understanding; ensure the Customer feels like an individual, not a number
- Paint a picture to show the Customer you are engaged
- Offer flexible solutions
- Negotiate suitable solutions, creating win/win situations
- Build loyalty, retention, sales opportunities, advocacy, and increase first call resolution.
Every interaction, whatever the duration, represents an opportunity to discover valuable information about your customers, identifying their challenges, wants, and needs. This knowledge, once identified, can provide you with actionable insight and intelligence that can be used to guide the conversation and help build more effective human connections.
So in our rush to automate everything, push Customers online and reduce expensive human contact, we must not forget the value these interactions bring to our business. A significant focus should be placed on developing effective skills, behaviors, and coaching programs designed to maximize this great benefit to our people and Customers.
By Andrew Mutch, Chief Customer Officer