BT has launched its first Customer Experience Lab in Dundee to test new ways of supporting its 1.1 million business customers across the UK.
Designed to reinvent the traditional contact centre, the unique Lab will trial innovative customer service solutions and feature concepts developed in collaboration with students at Dundee’s Abertay Business School. Those which prove successful will be extended to other BT centres and operations in the UK.
A team of 31 multi-skilled advisors has been drawn from BT’s existing city operations to staff the new Lab and provide expertise on a range of business enquiries - from new orders to billing and technical support. Business customers who call in will only need to speak to a single advisor, regardless of the reason for their call.
In the month since the Lab opened its doors, the newly-trained team has handled more than 3,000 calls from small and medium-sized business customers across the UK.
The Lab was designed by Glasgow workplace architects Alpha Scotland to create a unique collaborative and creative space.
The Abertay students came up with several ideas to transform the traditional contact centre environment after being given a brief to rip up the rule book and redefine the role of the advisor. They applied fresh thinking to workplace layout and feel, use of technology to create new ways of working and how to improve productivity and engagement.
Among the student concepts to be incorporated into the final Lab design were a ‘product bench’ with working versions of BT’s products, which advisors can use during conversations with customers; wireless headsets to let people to move around while they are on the phone; and the use of ‘gamification’ to provide engaging training opportunities.