What is Average Handle Time? Challenges, Examples, and Best Practices for Improving AHT

Callminer

Definition of Average Handle Time Average handle time, or AHT, is an important call center metric. The post What is Average Handle Time?

Operational Indicators – Average Handle Time (AHT)

Taylor Reach Group

In this article, we tackle one of the most important indicators; Average Handle Time (AHT). AHT is defined as the total amount of time (on average) that an agent spends on a contact. In a Contact Center environment (voice, chat), AHT includes talk time, hold time and after call work time (ACW). As the name indicates, it is the historical average for thousands, perhaps millions of calls handled by the Center over a reasonable period of time.

Young Energy Improves Average Handle Time (AHT) and Motivates Contact Center Agents

inContact

In fact, implementing NICE inContact CXone has resulted in significant improvements in everything from average handle time (AHT) to average speed of answer (ASA) to quality assurance scores.

Calculating Average Handle Time in Light of Customer Experience and IVRs

Taylor Reach Group

Definition of Average Handle Time: The average time spent handling a contact with a customer, which may be a call, email, chat or any kind of request. The total handle time includes not only the time that an agent spends directly communicating with the customer but also time spend after the contact completing customer’s request – ACW – After Call Work (ACW) or Post Call Processing (PCP).

Study: The Health of the Contact Center

complex over time. CUSTOMER DATA AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF THE REQUEST. A quar- ter (25 percent) say they feel stressed multiple times a week, while 12 percent say they feel stressed all the time. center metrics include average handle. single time.

Inside View: TCL North America

Contact Center Pipeline

Agent empowerment agent empowerment AHT average handle time call center contact center customer advocacy customer experience employee feedback QA processIf you are unfamiliar with TCL (The Creative Life), you probably won’t be for long.

14 Critical Call Center Metrics You Should be Tracking

inContact

Tracking first call resolution ensures that you are satisfying customers in the shortest amount of time, without the need for any follow-up. Average Wait Time : Average wait time tracks how long it takes for customers to connect with an agent who can address their needs.

The Coming Disruption of the Contact Center Outsourcing Industry

Taylor Reach Group

Each day millions of calls, emails, chats, SMS messages and social media interactions are handled by Contact Center agents employed by these Contact Center Outsourcing (CCO) firms representing thousands of organizations and brands. The staff labor is resold either on a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE), per hour or per minute basis. Volatility in the form of volumes spikes, seasonality or increased handle time (AHT) is the enemy. By: Colin Taylor.

Measuring Contact Center Effectiveness

Strategic Contact

Traditional metrics support the drive for efficiency by measuring average handle time, labor cost, staffing, cost per contact, occupancy, and the like. Contact centers must rise to the challenge of attaining efficiency and effectiveness.

Contact Center Resolution Number 2 – Improve AHT and Agent Engagement with Screen Pops

inContact

Average Handle Time. An effective agent screen pop can have a dramatic positive impact on average handle time (AHT). And while average handle time is important within the contact center, it also indirectly impacts your customer experience as well.

Average Talk Time: The Little Metric with Big Insights

inContact

Average talk time (ATT) is often a neglected little contact center metric. Overshadowed by its bigger, louder counterpart, Average handle time (AHT), it often stays in the background, waiting for someone to notice it and realize its potential.

AI in the Contact Center – Sorry, No Chasm, No Trough!

eGain

Sorry, no such thing for AI in the Contact Center this time around. 50% reduction in agent time-to-competency across 10,000 agents and 550 retail stores. Agent training time reduced by 60%. 67% reduction in AHT (Average Handle Time). 80% reduction in resolution time.

Don’t Be Afraid of Change at the Contact Center

Monet Software

Churchill It’s easy to fall into ruts, whether it’s Friday night dinner at the same restaurant, or contact center guidelines for how agents should handle specific customer situations. Let’s use Average Handle Time (AHT) as an example. Has average handle time been reduced?

Average Talk Time: The Little Metric with Big Insights

inContact

Average talk time (ATT) is often a neglected little contact center metric. Overshadowed by its bigger, louder counterpart, Average handle time (AHT), it often stays in the background, waiting for someone to notice it and realize its potential. Based on the data, they finish each interaction in a timely manner and aren’t wasting time on the phone. The post Average Talk Time: The Little Metric with Big Insights appeared first on inContact Blog.

KPIs for Managing your Contact Center

DMG

In other contact centers the data is stale by the time it is received, making it essentially ineffective for helping the manager control their own destiny and performance. In an ideal world, a contact center would have a performance management system that aggregates and presents balanced performance scorecards in real time as well as on a historical basis. This approach gives managers the data they need to take corrective action on a timely basis. Email average handle time.

Using AIM to Tell Better Stories and Move the Needle

Customer Service Life

Your PowerPoint presentation is packed with charts displaying monthly call volume, average handle time, hold time, and a variety of other stats. Once you are clear on your audience and intent, it’s time to put it all together into a compelling story.

Guest Blog: Key KPIs You Must Monitor for an Optimal Customer Experience

ShepHyken

Overall, CSAT is something you must track consistently (using always the same method) to have results that can be compared and evaluated over time. Nonetheless, similarly to CSAT, the NPS is a great indicator of your progress over time and an important one to track. First Response Time.

4 Myths About Chat Support. AI to the Rescue?

Customer Service Life

A big reason chat has taken hold in the market (setting aside customer preference) is that it promises reduced cost per contact because agents can handle multiple chats concurrently. Myth #1: Agents can handle other channels while doing chats.

Steps to Track your Call Center’s Performance using KPIs

OctopusTech

4) Do you expect different queue time depending on the channel? b) Average Handle Time or AHT is the average duration of one transaction taken during the initiation of a customer’s call to the end moment till the issue is resolved. It includes any hold time, talk time and related tasks that follow the transaction. It enables you to forecast calls correctly in order to ensure you are not under or overstaffed at any given time.

Contact Centers Focusing Less on 80/20 Service Level

Fonolo

First, a quick review of the definition: Service level is always given as a pair of numbers: a percentage value and a time value in seconds. The original logic behind it is lost to time. Average Handle Time.

Customer Reach – April Newsletter

Taylor Reach Group

Operational Indicators - Average Handle Time (AHT). Service level, the most commonly used center metric – is defined as the percentage of contacts that are answered within a specified target time threshold. Operational Indicators - Average Handle Time (AHT). In this article, we tackle one of the most important indicators; Average Handle Time (AHT). Newsletter.

The Handle Time Dilemma

Service Agility

In the early years of contact centers, it was fairly common to saddle agents with an average handle time (AHT) performance objective. So, in most contact centers, average handle time is no longer a performance objective. Some agents have longer handle times and are producing no extra value for it. In fact, their lengthy calls actually drive customer satisfaction down, since no caller wants to spend more time on a call than is necessary.

Contact Center Customer Experience Best Practices

Callminer

Customers also expect to have their needs met in a timely, effective fashion. Using these tools, agents access multiple enterprise systems using a single agent desktop while decreasing the time spent navigating multiple applications to do their job and deliver a seamless customer experience.

North Memorial Health: The True Advantage of UC Technology within the Healthcare Space

Revation Systems

A: The primary benefit our employees have experienced since deploying LinkLive Healthcare Knowledge Base is the ability to instantly access a breadth of information that is kept up-to-date in real time.

5 Ways Big Data Can Improve the Customer Experience

VocalCom

In addition, contact center metrics such as average handling time and first contact resolution provide data on how the customer experience is affected by service practices. For example, longer average handling time (AHT) or low rates of first contact resolution (FCR) might indicate communication or organization issues that need to be resolved. Streamline service and save customers time.

This is what’s happening at Call Center Week

Call Center Coach

We’ve often believed that we need to get away from average handle time and that we need to get away from speed. The theme at this year’s Call Center Week is about building the foundation for future transformation. Brian Cantor talks about Call Center Week highlights.

6 KPIs to Guarantee Success from Your Outsource Call Center

Outsource Consultants

6) Average Handling Time. Costs go up every second the agent is on the call, so the goal is to provide top-notch service while controlling the call to reduce average handling time.

Putting Humanity in Contact Centers

Customer Relationship Metrics

Or is it time to put humanity into your contact center? “It’s It’s time to put humanity into your contact center.” The QA practices used today were built for a different time, much like replacing an entire gender was back in the late 1800’s. It’s time to rethink iQM.

3 Things Call Centers Should Avoid to Maintain Customer Loyalty

Outsource Consultants

Long hold times. If you have a habit of keeping your customers on hold for long (or even short) periods of time, they’ll have no problem going to your competitors if they’ll provide a better customer experience.

Top Customer Experience Books You Need to Read

Fonolo

If you’re an avid reader, I’m sure there’s been times where this sense of accomplishment isn’t quite reached. We’ve listed six solid reads below; take some time to peruse this book list and pick the ones you like. Average Handle Time.

How to measure a call center’s quality

Ansafone

For call center managers, metrics monitoring is all in a day’s work, from first call resolution to average handle time, agent absenteeism and much more. After all, with finite time and resources, you can’t measure everything. To understand how your business measures up in this area it’s important to track first call resolution (FCR), average wait time and self-service usage. Are You Measuring these Top Contact Center KPI’s?

Build your business case to invest more in customer experience – Learn the metrics that move the needle

inContact

First Contact Resolution (FCR) – If you were to choose one other metric (other than CSAT) to measure customer experience that would be FCR, the ability to provide a resolution to customers issues the very first time they connect with agents.

Why Metrics Aren’t Everything for Delivering Exceptional Customer Service

Return Customer

Without a doubt, these platforms provide metrics that produce valuable guidance when it comes to customer retention, average handle time, first call resolution , service levels, response times, and even customer churn. However, some will be stored in a customer’s long-term memory and will be drummed up every time they think about the brand. For example, data can show the average number of channels used to resolve an issue or the average handle time of calls.

Workforce Management According to Jeremy(s)

Customer Service Life

Here’s a working definition to get us started: Workforce management in the contact center is about predicting the staffing required to handle customer contact volumes within a desired service level. It’s one thing to staff a team to handle one support channel like phone.

“In God we Trust, all others bring data”

BetterXperience

There was a time when all anyone looked to the contact center for was to crank out as many widgets as cheaply as possibly and prevent customers from showing up at corporate with pitchforks. In case you haven’t noticed, more and more of the mindless contacts (payments, status checks) are being handled by robots (Automated systems, website, etc). So sure in the past when most customer inquiries were routine, metrics like Average Handle Time and rigid checklist metrics made sense.

Top 10 Checklist for Selecting an Outsource Call Center Partner

Outsource Consultants

Selecting an outsource call center partner is difficult and time-consuming. Quality: When evaluating a call center, talk to several client references and ask them how the vendor is performing to get an idea of how effectively they handle calls. We will: Save you time.

How to Make Performance Metrics Truly Matter

Contact Center Geek

Time and time again, I have seen how quickly this goes right back to just managing team members to a number. This article originally appeared on ICMI.

Public Company Earnings Show Cloud Call Center Strength

Fonolo

You can see in the transcript that analysts asked this several times. Average Handle Time. Something new this week!

7 Tips for Training Call Center Agents Effectively

VocalCom

Customer feedback helps your brand decide which improvements need to be made and how agents may be trained to handle situations. For example, if customers feel that their conversations with agents are taking too long or that they are being re-routed too often, it may be necessary to explore issues such as average handling time and making sure that agents are matched to the most appropriate channels or departments.

Recipe for Success – The Alphabet Soup of Customer Experience Acronyms

inContact

The percentage of time a contact center agent is available to assist customers, divided by the length of their shift. Average Handle Time (AHT). Mean Time to Resolution (MTTR).