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Call Center Hiring for the Virtual Environment Demands Creativity, Teambuilding Activities
November 09, 2012
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
Hiring for the call center environment demands a close look at skills, qualifications and even aptitude for working with difficult or challenging callers. When an organization adopts a virtual call center environment, the requirements for call center hiring become even more stringent.
If all agents within that group are new to the organization, a few guidelines can help in the process.
A recent Communication Briefings newsletter highlighted the elements that are important for call center hiring within the virtual call center environment. For the virtual call center to be a success, managers must be able to trust virtual agents, shedding any desires to micromanage these skilled individuals.
Before trusting that virtual agents can fulfill their requirements and meet performance objectives, however, they must be vetted as well suited for the job.
Once the proper call center hiring processes are in place to support the virtual call center, management can create a team able to complete the necessary tasks. To create a team capable of working together toward a common goal, however, assembling them in a common location to become familiar with one another and able to engage in teambuilding activities is a wise move.
In the process, managers should be able to identify those particular skills that each member brings to the table. Weaknesses are also identified so that responsibilities can be assigned to the appropriate individuals. When agents are correctly matched with the tasks that call on their skills and strengths, the call center is more likely to succeed.
The call center hiring process should play a role in identifying those with the most valuable strengths.
Prior to the completion of the call center hiring process, managers should ask potential agents their view on the mission or purpose of the team, the values the team should possess and the short-term and long-term goals that should be identified. Agent candidates can also be asked to comment on how the success of the team should be measured, the obstacles that must be overcome and the proper way to celebrate successes.
These same questions should then be asked of the team when gathered together for team-building exercises. Answers provided will help to clarify the direction of the team, provide guidance on decision making, identify the available and necessary resources and help to avoid any potential misunderstandings regarding the contributions of each individual team member.
And while call center hiring processes help to identify those with the best skills to contribute to the overall vision of the organization, the teambuilding process helps to strengthen the team to enable better performance when on the job.
Managers hoping to drive positive results will remember the importance of fun and engagement, understanding the impact it has on the job overall.
Edited by Braden Becker
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