Your customer service agents have a lot to handle, with tickets constantly coming in and making sure your customers are happy. As a business owner, it's important to make sure your Customer Service Team is working effectively. Customer service is a major cost center, especially as you start to scale past one or two agents.
Think about this--a single agent that works 20% less effective than they could be has a serious cost to your business. Anywhere from $600-$1000 per month of waste per agent depending on the rate you pay. And based on what we've seen, the effectiveness gap is way over 20%.
With just a few tweaks to the workflow your customer service team uses, you can drastically increase their efficiency. At HelpFlow, we provide 24 / 7 live chat and customer service teams to over 100 e-commerce stores. After processing millions of tickets over more than five years, we learned how to be most effective as agents while keeping customers happy.
In this post, you'll see how you can make your team more effective too!
Before you can focus on increasing efficiency, you have to actually measure what good customer experience and agent effectiveness look like. The most important metrics are first response time, handle time, and customer satisfaction.
When you increase your efficiency, this will drastically decrease handle time while keeping customer satisfaction the same or better due to faster response time.
If you're not tracking these metrics for the entire agent team as well as individual agents, start there (blog post below).
Customer service agents have to move between software and browser tabs constantly.
With so much movement between tools, you can massively increase efficiency by empowering your agents to make better use of keyboard shortcuts. This enables them to move much more quickly by navigating mostly without touching the mouse.
Here are a few examples:
When you put all of the shortcuts together to force yourself to get through the learning curve, the efficiency of how you work as an agent can be massively improved. Work with your team to identify the keyboard shortcuts they need to accomplish each of the above scenarios depending on what software they use, and help them through the learning curve. You'll both be happy being able to accomplish more in less time.
HelpFlow, we provide 24/7 live chat and customer service teams over 100 e-commerce stores. Below are a few additional resources you can use to level up your customer service operation.
If you want help leveling up your customer service department, contact us today at HelpFlow.com or let us know your questions in the comments.