Enabling the rapid transition to remote working

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In response to the pandemic, many organisations delivering critical services are working at hyper-speed. One example is 8x8 client Activate Group Ltd (AGL).

AGL provides fleet management services. It specialises in accident management, helping to keep commercial vehicles running in the event of a breakdown. At the heart of its operations is its 200 contact centre agents. Some of AGL’s key customers include the likes of Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, as well as British Gas, and Abellio, which runs London’s bus network. All of these companies are providing vital services amid the current COVID-19 crisis.

As the UK entered its lockdown phase a few weeks ago, AGL was faced with the challenge of transitioning all of its contact centre agents to a remote work setting. With little time to waste, it had to act quickly to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines, to ensure it could continue to provide vital support services to its customers’ fleets.

Having implemented 8x8 X Series in July 2019, AGL had the cloud platform and capabilities in place to implement a remote working mandate for its 200 contact centre agents, in less than 24 hours, which is unheard of in the industry.

Having deployed 8x8 cloud communications technology late last year, AGL was able to seamlessly transition its workers from the office to their homes. The 8x8 X Series platform integrates voice chat and video meetings and contact centre on an open, modern cloud technology platform.

With 8x8’s support, the whole transition was complete in less than 24 hours, minimising disruption to customers. The technology also ensured AGL’s contact centre employees had access to the CRM system through the cloud platform. Further to this, 8x8 Quality Management allows effective remote staff management with its ability to record calls and conduct quality assessments to maintain and meet service levels.

“In the sector we operate in, it’s vital for us to respond quickly to our customers, and during these uncertain times this has never been more important. Our mission is to keep key workers on the road by continuing to run our 24/7 contact centre service, while ensuring we safeguard the health and safety of our staff. With 8x8 X Series in place, it was easy to quickly transition our entire workforce to remote working and we have still been able to provide excellent support to our customers when they need it most.”

Daniel Woods, Head of IT, AGL

Bee Hindocha

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Previously shortlisted for ‘Marketing Employee of the Year’, Bee is a razor-sharp marketing leader, bringing over 13 years of industry expertise and knowledge. Working her way up the ranks, she is currently EMEA Communications Director at 8x8.

Through her innovative thinking and fresh approach to content, PR and social media marketing, she focuses on driving brand reputation, as well as up-scaling demand generation efforts. She has extensive experience in leading client engagement strategy and transformation projects, across multiple countries, embedding several new digital platforms to create a superior customer experience. Outside of her passion for marketing, Bee enjoys being outdoors and sports with her two young boys, as well as some fine wine and dining when she gets the chance.

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