In the call center industry, the need for additional workers is urgent. Call centers often rely on independent contractors (ICs) to fill the gaps in busy seasons or expanding shifts. However, managing an IC workforce can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Finding, onboarding, and overseeing the administration of ICs can take valuable time and resources away from other important objectives.
To solve this problem, many call centers are turning to call center automation. By utilizing software to enable automatic processes, call center businesses can save up to $4 million each year, according to some estimates. Automation can streamline routine administrative tasks related to onboarding and managing ICs, freeing up valuable resources for other important initiatives for growing your business.
4 ways call center automation will ease the administrative burden for your growing business
With the demands of doing business in today’s increasingly mobile digital economy, organizations must adapt to automation. Utilizing new technology to streamline these processes will enable good decision-making faster than ever before.
Automating routine administrative tasks related to onboarding and the administrative burden of contracting ICs allows contracting companies to benefit from modern innovation and embed tremendous new efficiencies into their workflows.
More specifically, it can provide a complete solution in the following four key areas:
- Pre-qualifying prospective contractors
- Insurance verification and premiums
- Contractor settlements and deductions
- Integration and logistics
With one system maintaining each of these areas, call centers will gain significant savings—significant enough to make investing in upgrading seem inconsequential compared to the value gained from an automated system.
Pre-qualifying prospective contractors
Finding qualified and skilled ICs can be a daunting task. An automated system can help streamline the pre-qualification process, allowing call center administrators to quickly and easily identify the best candidates.
With a platform like Openforce, prospective contractors can respond directly to an online recruitment ad and begin the pre-qualification process. The system can confirm an IC’s identity, collect and submit the necessary documentation, and handle background screening based on your requirements.
Call centers can save valuable time and resources by automating these tasks.
Insurance verification and premiums
ICs may be covered under different insurance policies than employees, leaving both the IC and your business at risk. An automated process can verify and track insurance coverage for ICs, ensuring that everyone has the coverage they need.
Openforce even offers insurance policies and a platform that provides coverage in arrears and automatically deducts premiums from IC settlements to ensure that coverage doesn’t lapse. This gives you and your ICs peace of mind that they are protected.
Contractor settlements and deductions
Automating IC settlements is the simplest way to make compensation error- and hassle-free. With a secure and reliable system, companies can process settlements without the human component of manual calculations and paperwork.
Instead of painstaking hours of accounting and timesheet crunch before settlement day, an automated system does all the work efficiently and accurately. Settlements are secured, verified, and viewable online, increasing the ICs’ sense of security, satisfaction, and retention levels.
Integration and logistics
One of the most inefficient tasks in contracting with a new call center rep is manually entering information into several different apps or locations. This bottleneck slows the process of getting the IC up to speed, which can negatively impact your company’s service objectives.
Sharing data between online documents eliminates extra manual steps, reducing the potential for errors and increasing each IC’s availability to be put to work right away. This cloud-based operation empowers everyone to complete tasks quickly and efficiently.
Get help from Openforce
Openforce offers a comprehensive IC workforce management platform that simplifies the process for call center administrators. Our platform and suite of managed services streamline the process with quick and reliable automation, allowing you to focus on providing essential customer service to your clients.
By leveraging new technology to replace outdated manual processes, Openforce helps companies save time and money while achieving more significant results and sustainable growth. As a result, working with contracted call center reps has never been easier. Reach out today to schedule a demo.
Openforce is the leader in technology-driven services that reduce operating costs and mitigate risk for companies using independent contractors. Our cloud-based applications help companies and contractors alike achieve more sustainable, profitable growth by removing financial, operational, and compliance barriers to getting business done.