Attendant User Guide
- Hold calls
- Microphone and volume
- Editable status
- Active Call
- Caller history
- Previous contact of Caller
- Frequent Contacts and Groups
- Current Queue
- Missed Calls
- Open Chats
The Attendant is fully controllable via a mouse, touch screen or keyboard combinations. To find out which useful shortcuts there are, please see Shortcuts.
In the Call controls there a four buttons available. The following describes what functionality they have.
With the Accept button you can accept an incoming dialogue.
Only visible and usable if there is an incoming call. Otherwise grayed.
Hold / Resume
Click to put the call on hold. Click again to resume the call.
Only visible and usable when a call is in progress. Otherwise grayed (even if there is a Hold Call).
With the Disconnect button you can disconnect a current dialogue or reject an incoming dialogue.
Only visible and usable if there is an incoming Call or a Call in progress. Otherwise grayed
With Transfer, you can transfer a Call to another person. The workflow can be found in the section "Transfer".
Only visible and usable if there is an incoming call or a call in progress. Otherwise grayed.
Incoming Calls can both be directly or via the UCCUCC stands for Unified Contact Center and consists of a queue that can be handled by Agents Each Contact Center has its own settings, interactive voice response questions and Agent with specific skills. Agents can be member of, or sign up to, one or more Contact Centers.. When an incoming call pops-up, you will see who is calling and you are able to pick-up , ignore or transfer the call directly. You can also see were the call is coming from.
Incoming call via the UCC example
Let's say someone calls the main number of your company and that this main number is connected the an UCC. Your company uses 1 Skill and 2 Agents who are using the Reception Attendant. The caller will automatically be forwarded to an Agent with that particular Skill. So in this case, you or your colleague. While the call is in the queue, the UCC will look for an available Agent. If you are Available, the call will be forwarded to you and the Reception Attendant will ring, so you can answer the call.
If your colleague is hunted for the call, but he or she is not answering, the call will stay in the queue. You can pick it up from there or wait until the UCC decides to hunt another Agent (in this case, that would be you, if you are Available of course).
Putting calls on hold
There are various reasons to put a caller on hold, when you need to have consultation with a colleague (whether or not you transfer the caller) or when another call is incoming. To put the current caller on hold, press the Yellow “pause” button or take a call from the Queue. When a call is on hold, it will appear at the top of the Reception Attendant. From there it is possible to transfer, take back or quit the call.
TIP: Drag and drop the call on hold to a contact to perform a direct transfer
TIP: Drag and drop the call on hold to the active call (or another call on hold) to perform a consultative transfer
To directly transfer a call, simply drag and drop the contact towards another contact. You can apply this for any contact you see on the screen. It can be a contact you just looked up via the search function or it can be a contact you see in the timeline of the current caller.
Another possibility is to use the transfer button. Search a contact you want to transfer to, press the transfer button and select the contact.
To transfer a conversation with first consulting the other person first. Just call that person, the active call will be moved to the Hold. Afterwards drag the new Active Call to the Hold Call or other way around.
Another possibility is to use the transfer button. Press the transfer button and select the Caller on Hold.
Calls can be directly forwarded to a voicemail, mobile, PSTN or Skype for BusinessSkype for Business (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator and Microsoft Lync) is an instant-messaging client used by Anywhere365. In order to use SFB, a Microsoft Skype for Business Server is required. Skype for Business is enterprise software; compared to Skype, it has different features that target businesses. / Microsoft Teams endpoint. To do this, simply type the number or SIPThe Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a protocol to make multimedia communication (audio, video and other data communication) possible and it is also used for Voice over IP (VoIP). SIP has similarities with other Internet protocols such as HTTP and SMTP. address in the search bar and use the transfer method as you learned above.
In order to park a call (CallPark), simply right click on the blue transfer button. The call will be placed on hold on the top bar.
When mouse-over the yellow note icon, the call park code will be displayed.
Have an active call
Drag and drop a second contact on the conversation.
You now have a group call
An Outgoing Call can be started from any contact card:
When you use the search, frequent contact or the previous contacts function to look up a contact, you will see the contacts as below.
When you click on a contact card a grey area slides from underneath the contact card. With this buttons you are able to start a chat, give this person a call (long press for more options), start a video or send an email. More options become available when you press the 3 dots on the right side of the bar. Now you can take a look at the full contact card, send a SMS or see the agenda.
Besides the possibility of calling someone using the contact cards, you are also able to call directly from the dial pad. To open the dial pad, simply press the dial pad button on the upper left side of the screen, dial the correct number and press the green call button.
Dialing a contact directly from the Missed calls menu is also possible. Just mouse over or tab the missed call and click or press the green calling icon.
In the queue section of the overview you can see which callers are in the queue. You will see the name, number or email address and time in the queue.
Naturally you can select which call you want to take from the queue.
With the chat window you have more possibilities for communicating with your customer. During a call or when standing by you can easily set-up a chat with a customer or colleague. From there you are able to give them a call, setup a video chat or chosen from the other ways to communicate. In the example below, Melissa Simmons is in a call with Julliete Pinson and have a chat conversation with Keith Sanders and Jessica Torne at the same time. Melissa Simmons is also viewing the calendar of Keith and sees that he has a meeting with Nathalie Johnson at 1 pm this afternoon.
- Chatter name
Switch to Chat
Call this contact
Send an Email
Send an SMS
View the Contact Card
View the Agenda
1. Have an active chat
2. Drag and drop a second contact in the window
3. You now have a group chat
Sending a mail is very easy with the Social Reception Attendant.
When you use the search, frequent contact or the previous contacts function to look up a contact, you will see the contacts as below.
When you click on a contact card a grey area slides from underneath the contact card. With this buttons you are able to start a chat, give this person a call, start a video chat and send an email. More options become available when you press the 3 dots on the right side of the bar. Now you can take a look at the full contact card, send a SMS or see the agenda.
If you want to send Bob Dylan an email message. Simply press the email icon and the following screen pops-up. Just fill in a Subject, type your message and press Send. The email will be send immediately.
You can also send an email via the notepad function while in a call.
To do this, while in a call, press the notepad icon on the left side of the screen. Than type your message and click on the blue send icon. The message will instantly send to the caller.
Sending a sms is very easy with the Social Reception Attendant.
With the Social Reception Attendant it’s very easy to send a SMS. In this manual you have learned to send a chat or email message. Sending a SMS is just as easy. You can start with a search or click on a contact card from the frequent contacts section. Only this time, choose for Send SMS.
After pressing the Send SMS button, the following screen pops-up. Here you can type your message and press send. In this example, Bob Dylan has a phone number available. When a contact doesn’t have a phone number available, you can enter one yourself.
The SMS function is only available in combination with Messagebird.com
Note Make sure the timeline is configured, Learn More
With the all new Anywhere365 Reception Attendant it is possible to see all previous contacts on a timeline. You can see, when the caller has called and with who he or she has spoken that day / time. Also the path is visible, from accepting to forwarding and closing the call.
To view the timeline. Simply press the timeline button on the caller screen when in a call.
With the Calendar the Attendant can easily view appointments of colleagues and in this way give the Caller better service.
Day, Month or List switch buttons
Next day or next day (depends on the view)
After launching the Social Reception Attendant you will see the calendar of the user who is logged in. Of course you’re able to see the appointments on a daily, monthly or list view. Switching between the views is very fast and easy. Seeing your own appointments is useful but more useful is the option to take a look at the agendas of your colleagues.
In the example below, Melissa Simmons is looking at the agenda of Keith Sanders. If Melissa wants to know what Jessica Wales or Nathalie Johnson is doing, she only needs to drag and drop the contact cards of her colleagues to the agenda (or she can click on the contact card and choose ‘more options’ and ‘See Agenda’.
If Melissa Simmons wants to know more about the meeting Keith Sanders had with Nathalie Johnson this morning, she clicks on the appointment and the Calendar switches to the appointment details (as seen on the picture below). Melissa can know see where the meeting is taking place, who is attending and take a look at the (optional) notes.
It is very easy to go back to the Calendar overview. The Social Reception Attendant user only needs to tap the back arrow or opening a new calendar by dragging and dropping a contact card.
- Click on the name of the contact and hold the mouse button.
- Drag the contact to the Calendar.
- Release the mouse button
On the right side of the Social Reception Attendant you will find the ‘Frequent contacts’ and your ‘Departments’. These contacts can be displayed in two ways. There is the list view and a grid view. In the picture below, you’ll see the list view.
On the top side of the ‘Frequent contacts’, contact can be search using the search bar. The contact are searched in the LyncMicrosoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) is an instant messaging program designed for business use and is the successor of Windows Messenger. In order to use Lync, a Microsoft Lync Server is required. contact list, which is the same as in the Lync client. This also included AD account, Outlook contacts and Distribution Groups.
The ‘Frequent contacts’ are automatically filled by the UCC based the amount of transfer from and to the contact. That means that a frequent caller is not always a frequent contact.
From here you can send an IM, call, start a video chat, send an email or choose more options. Choosing for more options is done via the three little dots, when pressing this button, another menu opens and you will be able to see the contact card, send a SMS or see the agenda of the contact.
Tip You can long press the Call button to show more options.
By clicking on the ‘See Contact Card’ button, the full contact card will be displayed within the contacts column. From there the Social Reception Attendant is able to contact the person via the channels they have submitted (e.g. work phone, private phone or alternative email addresses).
When opening the full contact card of a person (by searching for the right person and clicking the 3 dots and pressing See Contact Card) you will notice that there are 2 sections in the contact card. The first (and automatically opened) is the contact tab. Here are all the contact details that this person has filled in on his Skype for Business account. The second tab is the Organization tab. Here you will see the people within the same organization as the contact you’ve looked up. Depending on the way it is filled in within the Skype for Business account you will also see the hierarchy of the company.
With the Social Reception Attendant it is possible to create groups in your contact list.
Note: Groups in Skype for Business will automatically be loaded in the Attendant.
To do so, search for a contact you want to add to a group and right click on the contact card.
As you can see in the picture above, you now are able to select "Add to Group" and then you can select a group you want to add this contact to.
In the example above there are currently no groups yet, so we added Nigel Johnson to a New Group.
Once you clicked away the current search (from the search bar) you are able to adjust the group name. In this example we named the group "Superstars".
The next step is to add another Superstar to the group. Let's do a search for Mike Evans, right click on his contact card and now you can select the group Superstars or you can add him to a new group. For this example we choose the add him to the group of superstars.
Now we have the contact cards of Nigel Johnson and Mike Evans in a group called Superstars. If you want to remove a contact from the group, simply right click on the contact card in the group and select "Remove from Group". (see the example below)
If you want to change the name of the group, just right click on the group name and select "Rename Group".
If you want to delete a group, right click on the group name and select "Remove Group".
It is possible to make notes, during a call or just when standing by. When pressing on the notes icon on the left side of the screen, the Reception Attendant will switch to the notes section. From there the user is able to make notes, saving them or sending the notes immediately via email or other media.
When the user is making notes during a call and another calls comes in, the current call will be placed on hold. The Reception Attendant reminders the notes taken during the call, so when the user has taken back the call, the notes are visible again and ready to be send (or deleted). The notes functionality becomes very useful in forcing back the use of paper, which most companies are eager to do these days.
A note can be private or public. When the Reception Attendant user transfers a call to an agent, the agent receives a chat message with the contents of the public note. When the note is set to private, the receiving agent does not receive the note. To change the status of a note, press the lock button.
Create new note
2. Open Notes (left side)
3. Click new note
4. Here you can give the note a title
Assign note to contact
- Have a Note
- Drag and drop a contact to the note
Send note to contact
- Have a Note
- Drag and drop the note on the contact
- This will open a IM or Email window to send the note.
A reception desk user is the face of the company for your (internal) clients and your colleagues. Therefore a receptionist always wants to have that extra appealing look and keeping that the whole day. Because of that we build in a mirror function, which uses a (integrated) web cam.
When the receptionist hits the mirror button on the left side of the screen, the camera turns on and the user can check their smile. When he or she use mouse over or touch the mirror screen the camera will fade to the background and the receptionist is able to check the weather in the area or go directly to a search browser or favorite website (e.g. news webpage).
To change the weather location, weather measurement and search URL, visit the general settings page.
Transferring an incoming call to colleagues cell phone
When your on the phone with an important customer and forwarding to it's account manager failed because he or she isn't signed in on his office phone, you want to be forward the client to the (private) cell phone of the account manager. To do this, you can look up the account manager via the search bar (while on the phone with the client) and select the three dots and clicking on "See contact card". Now you can see all contact possibilities for the account manager, including his (private or work) cell phone. To transfer the client to this number, simply press the blue transfer icon and select the cell phone number. The client will now be redirected to the account manager.
So no need to make a Call Back Notice for this client and it's account manager.
Plan a meeting with a client and your colleagues
When a client calls you and they want to setup a meeting with one of your colleagues, you have several options for handling this.
Of course you can transfer the call to the colleague and when he is not reachable you can tell the customer to call back later or send a note to the colleague to call back the client. But it would be nice to just setup the meeting instantly while your on the phone with the client. First u need to look up the colleague via the search bar. Then drag the contact card from the colleague to the Calendar and see when he is available. You are not able to submit a new calendar entry for privacy purposes but you are able to setup a meeting with the client and directly send an email to the colleague with an invitation for this meeting.
Then the colleague does not have to call back the client and this save up some frustration (when he cant get a hold of the client) and time.
Handling multiple calls
When you are on the phone and you notice that the queue is piling up and that customers are on the line for minutes, you want to answer the calls and tell them they are on hold or forward them to your colleagues. You can put your current call on hold by pressing the yellow pause button, but you can also answer another call from the queue by clicking on the phone icon in the queue line (next to the call you want to pick up). Once you picked up a call from the queue, you can answer the client, forward them to a colleague or tell them to wait a few more minutes and place them on hold by using the pause button.
Forward to previously spoken colleague
It often happens that clients call, regarding a previous contact with your company, only that they can't reminder the name of the colleague they have spoken with.
In this case, the Timeline function is very useful. Just open the Timeline with the three dots under the caller details and you are able to see which colleague has spoken with this caller. Of course you are able to immediately transfer this call to the colleague, simply by dragging the caller to the contact card of the colleague in the Timeline (once you opened a certain call flow from the Timeline).
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