article aims to provide you with the most up to date information
on Systems and Services designed to assist with the day to day running
of a call centre , with special onus placed on the need for adequate
training and disability services to exist.”
Creating an Office environment requires more than just
an understanding of interior design and Operational Health and Safety Practices
because the parameters of the ‘office’ have changed.
employee well being needs to be a holistic one, and no longer defined by the
hours we work and the location that that work is being done.
and Automate Your Call Centre.
A Call Centre is not your usual run of the mill office
environment, and although on the face of it- it’s like any professional office
environment around the world, if you treat it as such then you will find things
start to unravel very quickly.
the important facets of operating a business, that being communication,
education, and automation.
aspects of a typical call centre and discuss in detail the various areas that
make the business run efficiently – finding in turn what changes need to be
made to maximise your return and increase the company’s bottom line.
Not All Employees are
Specialised office equipment is designed specifically to
benefit a person with a physical, visual, hearing and/or cognitive impairment,
but understanding what this equipment is and how it can help not just the
employee with an impairment but the call centre as a whole is paramount.
What’s Your Most
Your employees are always your most valuable asset, and
finding ways to make them happier will not only make your call centre a more
enjoyable place to be, it will also increase productivity and open
communication up that little bit more.
Audio Visual and
It is an essential part of any ‘team’ that people are able
to communicate freely and easily, and in a call centre environment the onus
placed on communication is even more relevant.
may include: (but are not limited to)
the 7 C’s of Communication.
Clear, concise, concrete, correct,
coherent, complete and courteous.
the use of Instant Messenger Services
Allowing employees to communicate without having to leave their desk actually
increases productivity and opens up lines of communication that may otherwise
have remained closed
it goes both ways!
Treat your employees as equals and show them the respect they deserve. This
type of communication not only makes you a far more likable and approachable
boss, it also improves morale overall.
- Encourage informal and spontaneous interaction.
Let your employees know that communication is a good thing. Create an environment that promotes open
communication. (Perhaps a break room in the middle of the office?)
hearing, vision, or learning impairment. For more information on using
specialised audio equipment and/or communication aids visit http://www.hearing.com.au/assistive-listening-products
*Hearing Australia is an Official Australian Government Agency.
Call Centre Desks,
Chairs and Workstations.
thing that comes to mind is ergonomics, but what exactly is ‘ergonomics’?
Ergonomics literally means “the rules of human strength”.
Today, the purpose of ergonomics in the workplace is to create a better match
between the worker, the work they perform, and the equipment they use. Match it well and you will see an increase in
productivity and a significant decrease in work related stress and injury
The Real Costs of
Every year the problem of poor ergonomics, combined with a
lack of education and training costs the Government and the private sector
billions of dollars in lost hours and revenue. Other frightening stats include:
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34%
of all lost-workday injuries and illnesses are work-related musculoskeletal
disorders (WMSDs) – caused by poor ergonomics
- In 2002 (in the UK) approx. 12.3 million working
days were lost due to work related WMSDs
- In the United States (in 1996) work-related
injuries accounted for more than 647,000 injuries and illnesses and more than
one-third of workers’ compensation costs — an estimated $15 to $20 billion
cost to employers
cost your company by following this link here: http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/statistics/index.htm
Office chairs are now being designed with ergonomics in
mind, providing the user with the ability to adjust not only the height of the
chair, but also the lumbar support (lower back) and arm rests too.
This means it is now a lot easier to setup your chair so as to encourage
correct posture, and it also means that the office workstation or desk does not
need to play as crucial a role anymore. But that’s not to say that there aren’t
some fantastic ergonomic solutions in the range of office workstation being
offered. And it’s about time too because even using an ergonomic chair adjusted
to the employees exact specifications can cause some discomfort to the person
if they do not take regular breaks to stand, stretch or walk and relieve the
pressure and weight loading on the thighs and back.
- For further information on how to correctly adjust your chair and
other furniture, see here: >
to Ergonomically setup your Work Space
overall ergonomics include:
- Desk angle boards
- Adjustable angled foot rests
- Forearm and Wrist supports
- Document holders with line guides
Adjustable Desks and
Sit/Stand desks are relatively new to the modern office
environment but they provide an ergonomic solution that otherwise did not
exist. Not only that but they look great, take up less space as well as
encouraging open communication and better flow throughout the office.
*See diagram above for correct ergonomic setup of your standing workstation.
In a call centre environment this particular solution might not fit since
longer periods are required at the desk (answering phones) and standing for
that long a period would be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
and Safety Concerns?
There are usually OH&S appointed staff who can provide
more relevant and direct information about the options available at your work.
Failing that simply follow the links below.
New Office furniture and equipment is constantly evolving to
meet the changing needs of the workforce, some designed specifically to assist
those with hearing and vision impairments whilst others are designed simply to
make life easier for everyone.
assist people who have reading, writing or typing difficulties, including:
- Scribes (computer program or personal assistant)
- Computer Assisted Instruction Software (CAI)
- Spell Checking Software
- Screen reading software
- Braille displays – computer based
- Larger Monitor (or adjust screen resolution
- Special Vision Assist Phones (larger buttons and
clear tonal differences in each number)
- E-Books and E-Readers (see
this resource for more information)
Voice Over Internet Protocol Systems (VOIP)
Using the phone can sometimes be a challenge for those with
hearing or vision impairments, but luckily the range of options available now is huge.
Not only can those with hearing impairments utilise VOIP (Voice over IP) lines
to make calls, they can also take advantage of social networking sites, video
calling and services like Skype that make contact smoother, easier – and
For more information on Hearing and Visual impairments at
work and what services and support is available, check out the following
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