Purchasing Call Center Furniture Based on Agents Actual Needs
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
One of the first concerns in selecting call center furniture should be the agent’s workflow. Agents are measured on the number of calls they effectively complete within a specified amount of time. If the furniture that they are provided to complete these calls is not conducive to their workflow, they will not be as productive as necessary, will miss call quotas and incur more cost for the organization.
Call centers also need to be concerned with the type of environment they are trying to create. Some organizations are fostering a more team-oriented environment where interaction and conversation is encouraged between agents.
Others still may operate in more delicate industries where privacy is critical. Providing office furniture that is designed to be flexible will allow for call centers to create the environment that is conducive to the business at hand.
Technology is also an important part of the call centers of today. As such, it is important to select furniture that can accommodate each agent’s technology needs. Office cubicles that offer generous channels for wires and cables will allow for connections between stations, while also keeping these elements out of the workstation and out of the way of the agent trying to complete their duties.
It is also critical to remember that one-size-fits-all is not the ideal in the call center. People of course come in all shapes and sizes, so must your call center furniture. This is not to say that the end result should be a disorganized jumble of multiple sizes crammed into the call center. Instead, focus on pieces that can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of the individual agents.
Research has time and again proven that providing the tools an employee needs to effectively complete his or her job will not only motivate the employee for successful productivity, it will also contribute to a satisfied employee. Satisfaction leads to loyalty and lower attrition, which helps improve the bottom line.