Looking for Examples of Call Center Huddle Board

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    Does anyone have an example of a daily huddle board used in an inbound call center?



    Here is an excerpt from the “Question and Answer” portion of Mike Aoki’s workshop on “Secrets to Effective Call Center Meetings” that took place in Toronto, Canada.

    One of the keys to providing better customer service is to keep your call center Agents up to date. The best way to do this is run daily team huddles and monthly team meetings. Here are five tips that will help you make your meeting time more effective:

    1) How is a call center team huddle different from a formal meeting?

    A team huddle is usually an informal 10-15 minute long meeting held just before a shift takes the floor. They are typically held daily. Or, several times a day for call centers with multiple shifts. They usually take place on the call center floor. They are meant to give urgent information to Agents such as that day’s hot issues, equipment problems, etc.

    In comparison, a formal team meeting occurs once or twice a month. They take place in a regular meeting room and involve a set, pre-announced agenda. The topics include upcoming product or policy changes, and refresher training.

    2) What is the recommended location for a team huddle?

    You can hold a team huddle in a breakout room or meeting room (if you have the space.) However most call centers hold their team huddles in an open space on the call centre floor. Since a huddle is very brief – just 10-15 minutes long – there’s no point in booking a dedicated meeting room for it. Just make sure the noise from your huddle does not disturb any nearby Agents who are on a call.

    3) How often should you do a team huddle? What time of day should it be held?

    Informal huddles are usually done daily. The best time for a huddle is just before the start of a particular shift. For example, all the people who start their shift at 9:00 AM meet at 8:45 AM. During the huddle, the Team Manager outlines any urgent issues, gives updates about the day’s potential challenges, and asks for any feedback or questions from the Agents.

    4) Who should provide the topics for a team huddle: Managers or Agents?

    Usually Managers provide the topics for a team huddle. A huddle is meant to rapidly update Agents who are starting their shift, on urgent issues for the day. So normally the Manager sets the agenda.

    5) Those are great tips on how to run a team huddle. Now, what are some techniques for effective call center meetings?

    There are a number of activities you can do during a formal team meeting. Because team meetings are longer than huddles, you can build in more interactivity. So, you can ask your Agents to provide feedback. Or, do a skills building exercise. Or, an interactive team building exercise to build rapport.

    Another common technique is to focus on a specific product or service, and ask your Agents to share their best ideas for how to sell that product or service. If you are in a service environment, you can ask your Agents to share their best practices for how to deal with a particular service issues.


    Srinivas Sripada


    We use daily huddle in our team. Team decide time , duration and place for this. In our example we meet at ( one of our) team member desk for 15 min

    We will discuss following points during that meeting.

    1. What every one will be completing by End of the Day.
    ( In your case lets say answering xyz number of calls and resolving issues )
    2. Any road blocks we can anticipate which may stop our commitment.
    ( Particular team member having problem in resolving a issue due to lack of experience etc…
    3. Resolving those road blocks with in team , If can’t resolved escalate to Team leader/management .

    If team don’t find any road blocks meeting will be completed in a minute or so ….

    I will use Burn up / Burn Down chart in identifying effectiveness of stand up / daily huddle meetings…

    Reason : If every thing goes smooth the team can meet targets easily

    Hope this is useful.

    Srinivas Sripada
    Black Belt


    c2o Formerly ( Cabcall Outsource)

    We have been putting large numbers of people in very large rooms and routing calls to them for 40 years. How can we still think 85% process adherence is OK?

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