There is a lot more flexibility in the workplace now – some companies only making their employees work 4 days a week, others allow them to work from home, depending on the industry. As reported in 2017, 3.7 million employees work from home (making up 2.8% of the entire U.S. workforce) for at least half the time and that number will continue to grow.
In many BPO’s (Business Process Outsourcing) or call centers, agents are working at a desk, but that desk can be either in a traditional contact center or it can be at their home.
We spoke with Robert Lemmens, who is the CTO & Co-founder of HOPLA.Online, where they focus on distributed outsourcing & building remote teams, to discuss remote agents further.
Remote agents have the ability to work from locations other than the traditional office or traditional contact center. More often than others, the agents will be working from home where they have all the necessary resources available to them so that they can do their job.
The biggest difference between distributed teams is that they work from home. This enables them to save commute time and focus on things that are important to them like spending more time with their family. In return, they are proven to be happier and more productive when on the jobRobert Lemmens
Depending on the nature of your business & the needs that you currently have, remote agents may be a great option for you (or not).
Our talent pool is not limited to our local reach. We can source world-wide and cherry-pick the best talentRobert Lemmens
We have much greater and more granular insights into agent performance, which auto-motivates top employees and gets rid of underperformers in the early stagesROBERT LEMMENS
The hiring process (of remote agents) is very different from a regular hiring process. With the regular hiring processes, you put out a job ad, people come to the office, you have a face to face- everything is more personal. It’s very easy to lose that personal touch when you hire remoteROBERT LEMMENS
Remote agents do provide a lot of benefits to the agent & the call center. Some of the challenges can be addressed by technology & processes to help hire, train & monitor your agents.
After receiving many applications for a position, in the hiring process, you need tools & tests to filter out the agents that won’t be a good fit for your organization. Without the know-how, this is a time-consuming process that is prone to errorROBERT LEMMENS
One of the main objectives, when the hiring process is taking place, is to try and connect with the prospective agent and learn more about them as if you’re talking face-to-face.
Video interviews & meetings are great too! Whenever someone applies for a job, they apply with a one-minute elevator pitch. With that, we really bring back that personal touch in the remote hiring processROBERT LEMMENS
About Robert Lemmens
After finishing his Msc International Real Estate in Oxford, UK, in 2008, Robert his first post-degree holiday turned into an ongoing Remote Digital lifestyle as a self-thought Marketer. Over the years he has built websites for clients and participated in multiple remote startups. The difficulty of hiring remote employees and the plethora of unqualified applicants on other freelance platforms led him to train his own in-house hiring team. This team has grown to now servicing other businesses with similar requirements under the brand HOPLA.Online, enabling them to focus on growing their core business. HOPLA.Online is a complete solution, including recruitment, human resources, latest tech stack & payrolling.