How to test for frontline agent customer centricity

Testing frontline agent customer centricity

Testing Frontline Agent Customer Centricity

Are your contact centre agents truly customer-centric?

With so many competing priorities, lots of systems, targets and processes for agents to contend with how do you know if your contact centre agents are truly customer focussed?

Executives continually claim that the customer experience is their top priority.

Whilst it’s easy to say, do the actions demonstrate it?

Is the business actually creating a valuable experience for its customers?

Is it truly putting the customer first?

The same logic to contact centre agents.

They may say they care about customers.

But do they actually mean it?

Moreover, are they empowered enough to actually put that customer-centricity into action?

Below we have 8 simple quiz questions for contact centre agents that collectively assess some valuable concepts:

  • Is the customer being put first?
  • A willingness to go above and beyond for the customer
  • Agent perception regarding performance measurement. Are agents evaluated based on how they perform for customers or for the operation?
  • How they handle difficult interactions
  • How they process the voice of the customers
  • How much they know – and care- about the business they represent

8 Questions to test frontline agent customer-centricity

So here you go, ask these eight questions and gain an insight into the customer centricity of your agents:

  • Question 1: Would you rather upset your customer or your boss?
  • Question 2: The customer is attempting to return a product 92 days after his initial purchase. The return policy mandates a 90-day limit on returns. Do you take the item back?
  • Question 3: As a general rule, why/when do you transfer calls to a supervisor?
  • Question 4: Why/when do you transfer calls to another agent
  • Question 5: You are about to reach your maximum “call time.” The issue is not resolved. What do you do?
  • Question 6: Your interaction reaches its conclusion. It did not go well. Do you invite the customer to take the follow-up feedback survey?
  • Question 7: The customer proactively gives feedback about the product and/or customer service experience. What do you do with it?
  • Question 8: Why do you deserve a promotion?

Recommended further reading: Using DiSC profiling to improve customer service

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