BPOs, or business process outsourcers, face their fair share of challenges. The outsourcing industry is fast-paced and highly nuanced. It requires outsourcers and their teams to be organized. Many outsourcers manage numerous calls per week, all with each client’s brand voice, language, and business jargon. It can be a lot to handle. How can BPOs manage their agents and ensure they follow compliance and customer service protocols efficiently for every client?
Call center scorecards are an easy-to-use tool that provides excellent insight into your processes. They are the heart of a high-quality assurance program and the key to better agent coaching. For BPOs, they are vital for staying organized and ahead of issues as you work with a variety of clients.
Following a developed set of metrics, call monitoring scorecards are tools utilized by managers implementing a quality assurance program. Scorecards gather information about a range of subjects, including:
Call center agents use scorecards to self-evaluate each interaction with a customer. Managers can then use the information from these scorecards to identify pain points, successes, and areas for improvement. Scorecards can evaluate content from various channels, including text, email, phone calls, and social media messages. The main benefit of scorecards is that they both improve agent performance and processes at the same time.
Now that we understand call center scorecards let’s talk about scorecards for BPOs. What are the differences between the two? There is a lot to think about, like:
Scorecards can be highly customized to your call center. By monitoring agent performance through scorecards, you’ll indicate performance trends and how it relates to customer satisfaction. This information also pinpoints knowledge and skills gaps, which can help you develop high-quality training programs to address where agents need the support.
Scorecards can also measure aspects beyond if agents are using the proper script. They can also measure KPIs like empathy, compliance, attitude, and morale. Empathy is a highly desirable agent trait for customers. 49% say they want to work with an empathetic service agent.
BPOs must get up to speed with their clients' goals very quickly. This requires fast and agile training of all agents. Scorecards are an incredibly efficient organizational tool that helps BPOs increase agent performance and exceed their customer’s expectations.
Here are some ways to use scorecards as an effective coaching tool:
The beauty of scorecards is that they can be used as a self-evaluation tool. Agents can honestly evaluate their performance without fear of backlash or judgement. This then lays the groundwork for an open discussion with management. This creates a ripple effect that positively affects customer satisfaction as well. Using scorecards helps you give feedback, both positive and negative, objectively.
“Using the Analytics reports provides us with the information where to focus on, the loop with training and coaching is easily made, and we can improve our tools to support our agents better.” Linda Matthijs, Quality Development at 5CA.
BPO managers have enough on their plates. Quality assurance tools like Scorebuddy’s BPO scorecards make monitoring feedback and agent interactions easy and painless. Scorecards prepare agents to do their best work each day, but they also supply positive long-term process improvement for outsourcers.
To learn more about the benefits of BPO scorecards, read more in our case study: How one Outsourcer switched from a Traditional Quality Model to an Innovative Model using Scorebuddy.