Why You Might Benefit from Having a Multilocation Corporate Call Center
September 13, 2018
By strict definition a call center is a centralized place where calls are answered. However, technology now allows this fixed characterization to expand beyond a centralized location to encompass more than one interconnected call center operation.
Though agents in a multilocation call center operation don’t sit in the same room or sometimes even in the same city, they all work together to serve the same group of callers. There are several advantages in having a multilocation call center.
The most oft-cited reason to have a multilocation call center is disaster recovery. If one site goes down, regardless of the reason, the remaining sites can continue to operate. While the other locations will be busier and may need to call in extra staff, your customer-facing service offerings will continue to function.
Possible disasters could include weather related issues, such as snow, ice, or sub-zero temperatures in northern climates; flooding in coastal areas or flood plains; and twisters or earthquakes in other locales. No location is exempt from possible natural disaster.
Other concerns are terrorist attacks in high profile locations; technical infrastructure issues such as a loss of power, interrupted phone or internet service, and rolling brownouts; and a quarantined facility, perhaps due to a natural gas leak, health emergency, or other unforeseen issue.
In each instance, the other locations in a multilocation call center can continue to serve all callers, providing uninterrupted service.
In a multilocation call center operation, each site is an effective backup for the others. Calls can overflow from busy campaigns. Weather issues that play havoc at one location, either by increasing call traffic or limiting agent availability, can be mitigated by tapping other locations. Whatever the coverage issue, the multilocation call center is the solution.
Tap Other Labor Markets
If a call center is in an expensive labor market, then the cost to provide service to callers increases. Since labor is a call center’s biggest expense, the cost of agents is not a trivial matter.
If one location is in a labor market with a ready source of quality employees at an affordable price, then it makes sense to expand that call center instead of continuing to hire in high-cost labor markets.
Sync With Other Time Zones
Most employees like to work during regular business hours, but callers want greater flexibility. Here, call centers spanning multiple time zones offer many coverage advantages. For example, an East Coast call center facility can provide early morning service to West Coast callers, while a West Coast call center can easily provide early evening coverage to East Coast callers. Plus, the lunch hour in one time zone could align with a slower time in another.
Having call centers located in multiple time zones balances out call traffic and provides a consistent level of service regardless of when people call.
With all the advantages offered by a multilocation call center, it’s time to give this option serious consideration, especially when you need to expand.
Janet Livingston is the president of Call Center Sales Pro, a premier consultancy for corporate call centers, whose team possesses decades of relevant business and call center experience. Contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-901-7706. Peter Lyle DeHaan is a freelance writer from Southwest Michigan.
Agent Success Starts With Great Training
In the call center arena, your frontline people are key to success. This starts on day one of their employment in their initial training. Here are som...
How Not to Sell Your Telephone Answering Service
There are some commonsense steps to take when selling your telephone answering service, just as there are when selling anything. Common key elements i...
Why You Should Consolidate Siloed Call Centers
It’s likely your hospital system has at least one call center, a centralized place that handles calls. This may be for a department, a building, the...
Use an Answering Service to Schedule Appointments
Some businesses and professionals live or die by the number of appointments they have each day. For them, an appointment is a billable moment. A full ...
Use an Answering Service to Cover Staff Meetings
It’s a dilemma. You want all of your staff to attend your staff meetings, but that leaves no one left to answer the phone when it rings. After all, ...
Make Sure Your Email Has a Clear and Easy-to-Use Opt-Out Procedure
A key to keeping in touch with prospects for your answering service or call center is to collect email addresses and send out periodic updates or info...
Are You Sick of Hearing Complaints about Your Answering Service?
If you are the owner of a small business or the business manager in charge of overseeing your answering service, does it sometimes seem as if your ans...
Finding a New Call Center is a Big Deal
Finding a new call center to service and handle your calls is not something to pursue with casual indifference. There is much at stake. You can’t af...