Improving Call Center Operations: The Environment


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With so much emphasis placed on call metrics (”the numbers”) these days, it’s important to assess and optimize the environment in which representatives are supposed to achieve those numbers.  Improving the work environment can have a substantial impact on call center operations and the behavior that impacts metrics.

To understand the environment you’re trying to improve, start by observing.  Walk the floor, noting what you see.  Are reps covering one ear while trying to listen to callers?  Are some people bundled up under big jackets?  How close are they sitting to their monitors?  Are people yawning, looking sleepy, or rubbing their eyes?  The physical environment has an impact on call center operations and the performance of its representatives.

Pay particular attention to:

  • Noise: Are cubicle dividers high enough to minimize noise distractions from other reps? If the ceilings are low, is there an acoustic tile “drop ceiling,” and is there carpet to help absorb the sound?
  • Temperature: Phone reps tend to feel colder due to the lack of movement in their jobs. If your reps are bundled up while sitting at their desk making calls, raise the temperature in the rooms in which they work. People who are cold will not be as focused on their work and will therefore be less productive than people who are comfortable.
  • Lighting: Is the lighting adequate? Is there a combination of both sunlight and artificial light on the call center floor? Natural lighting, even when it’s not sunny, makes for a more pleasant workplace, so keep window blinds open as much as possible.
  • Air quality: The brain needs fresh oxygen to perform at its best. Make sure there is adequate air exchange, and encourage reps to get up, go outside and get a little fresh air on their breaks.
  • Aesthetics: Utilize wall space to add visual stimulation to the room. Display posters and products branded with your company’s logo, post pictures of employees, create exciting posters for team announcements and decorate for birthdays and special events.

Optimizing the environment leads to smoother call center operations and an opportunity for representatives to do their best work.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Seth Brickner
Seth Brickner is a Developer and Facilitator with Impact Learning Systems International. In addition to training and development, his background includes education, technical support and customer service. When not traveling or in front of a computer monitor, Seth can be found running, cooking, playing guitar, reading, convincing himself he can sing, or enjoying the hiking trails of Colorado.


  1. Great post! I also think that improving the environment of a call center will boost agents’ performance, which will ensure that they will be able to provide customer satisfaction all the time.

  2. You are exactly right! MetricNet, a benchmarking firm, has statistics that show that happy employees definitely make for higher customer satisfaction. It only makes sense. If you’ve been well trained so you’re competent in your job, if you have a pleasant, clean working environment, and if you’re given lots of appropriate feedback from yoru boss, why wouldn’t you want to work harder to do your job well–that job being pleasing customers?

  3. I also agree! Companies often forget the force behind the metrics. It is, ofcourse, important to set a goal on performance but it is also important to remember that these goals are achieve if a company is able to increase productivity which in turn means determining what makes an employee more productive.


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