Homeworking part of ‘new normal’ for contact centres
Working from home could be the post Covid-19 lockdown norm for the majority of contact centre workers according to a new online poll. The poll, conducted in April and May 2020 amongst a total of 156 UK contact centre professionals, set out to discover the state of contact centre homeworking during the Covid-19 crisis.
86 per cent of poll respondents revealed that they had introduced homeworking in response to the Coronavirus crisis – with 53 per cent of these seeing it as a short term measure, and 47 per cent a long term strategy. 12 per cent already had homeworkers, and 2 per cent either had no plans to introduce homeworking, or hadn’t yet implemented homeworking plans.
When asked about their biggest homeworking challenge, 23 per cent said Pastoral Care (i.e. isolation/mental health), 22 per cent Motivation/Productivity, 17 per cent Telephony/Technology Services, 14 per cent Communication with Remote Workers, and 12 per cent Staff Management. Training, IT Security, and Recruitment were also identified. Only 2 per cent of respondents thought that they ‘had homeworking nailed’.
“Contact centre homeworking has been around for over 20 years but only recently, and under the most difficult conditions, has it become a reality for the majority of contact centre workers” said Mark Walton, CEO of Sensée. “What our poll shows is that it not only provides an effective short term business continuity solution but is increasingly being seen as a lot more. Over 50 per cent of UK contact centres are now looking at homeworking as part of their longer term strategy.”