Ready for a statement that will make you think? Gartner predicts that 85% of customer interactions will be managed without humans in 2021. This might be a scary notion for agents who are sensitive to job security but rest assured that human agent jobs aren’t going away. Why? The Contact Center is still inherently a forum for human engagement. The 85% of interactions that can be offloaded from human agents will be represented by the pesky repeat issues and questions that customers have that can sap an agent’s productivity. Imagine the additional productivity you can get from your agents if they aren’t chasing down account balances or processing payments? The reality is, bots and virtual agents will be a complement to their human counterparts, not a replacement. Bots and virtual agents will be helping their human teammates versus taking jobs from them.
May 12, 2021