Henry Ford experienced massive worker attrition; what did he do?

A lot can be said about the genius behind Henry Ford and his massive innovations and inventions.  He probably would not have had that hard time of a time understanding the modern call center and agent retention.  An example from the growth of Ford Motor company illustrates this. Henry Ford had a singular goal, he was driven to drive the cost of his vehicle, the “Model T”, lower and lower- “to make a car for the average man.” His efforts to do this produced the first moving assembly line.  By compartmentalizing the “Model T assembly,” he took the overall cost from $850 in 1908 to less than $300 dollars in 1925.

Why is Managing Call Center Attrition like “The Witcher”?

Have you had a chance to see “The Witcher” season 1 or 2?  It is a medieval fantasy series on Netflix.  It has proven to be a top-rated series pitting good against evil or, more often, evil vs. evil.  In binge-watching season 2, I started thinking about what lessons could be gleaned from this show relating to agent retention…

“What do you do for a living?”

Whenever I go to some social interaction (back when I could go to a social interaction), people I know or just met inevitably ask what I do and what AnswerOn does.

Boomerangs come back; will agent attrition?

Higher success at curbing churn hinges on being able to proactively keep agents from leaving. Trying to change an agent’s mind once they have already decided to leave is not only painfully frustrating, but also statistically unsuccessful. You need the tools to step in and address agent concerns or issues BEFORE they have even reached the thought of leaving your organization.

The Power of a Virtual Focus Group

In business, we often talk about addressing customer “pain-points” to maximize profits. But how can you know what pain points are specific to your customer base? Surveys can help you get a feel for the general trends, but even they can miss out on crucial information. Likewise, they don’t allow you to probe further into what your customers like and don’t like. AnswerOn has generated a way to do just that.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

There has been an inordinate amount of press recently about a somewhat sketchy movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” It was the quintessential 80’s movie, with everything you would expect from that genre. What you might not know is it was based on a book written by author, producer, screenwriter, Cameron Crowe, who went undercover at Ridgemont High and wrote about his experiences.

Agent Pain Points: How to Benefit from Proactive Performance Management

Call centers have long battled with the costs associated with agent turnover. Depending on the type of contact center, you might be looking at the training cost of an individual agent around $5k or even $10k. At AnswerOn, we have found that taking preventative measures is the best way to ensure your company doesn’t incur these unnecessary expenses.

From the Archives: Overcoming Call Center Obstacles Webinar Series

On April 19, 2018, AnswerOn held our webinar “Overcoming Call Center Obstacles” which featured our special guests Dave Gregory, CEO of Conatus3, and Joe Cox, Workforce Management Consultant and former Vice President of Workforce Management at Alorica. Both speakers spoke to issues that are still relevant two years later.

Tailoring Your Call Center to Different Age Groups 

Hearing directly from agents related to their working conditions, scheduling, and company policies provides invaluable insights, that data collection alone will not. This blog highlights some of AnswerOn’s generational-focused research findings, which centered around comparing two age groups: 18-28 year-olds and agents 29 or older.