54 people who maybe sort of know what they are doing, trying to supervise 250 people who know nothing. I'm not sure that's going to work.
British bank TSB is reportedly hiring an extra 250 customer service bods to help it cope with an avalanche of customer complaints after its IT meltdown earlier this year. The Press Association reported the sudden hiring surge at the bank, which suffered a week-long outage in April, caused by a botched systems upgrade and data …
Thursday 16th August 2018 06:50 GMT Anonymous Coward
I personally have had worse ratios and excelled so it depends upon the quality of the 54.
~1:5 ratio here is like expensive private education against ~1:30 in state schools, both can manage to produce the next generation of experts, given time and interest.
That their customers may be unwilling to give them the time will be the real determinant of sucess.
Thursday 16th August 2018 09:00 GMT katrinab
Thursday 16th August 2018 11:44 GMT Anonymous Coward
@katrinab "This is a live working environment, not a classroom"
and yet the 5 new agents per experienced one still need to learn how to do the job, whilst they may not necessarily have a blackboard it will still require a teacher and students.
My point was that 5 students to 1 teacher is not going to a problem if the teacher could handle any problem alone. Simply, the 5 learn to collect all the required info such that in the event that they encounter a new problem they have all details availible for their teacher to relay the solution, once they know the solution to the new problem they can relay to their peers and over a short time the teacher will have passed on 90% of their ability.
Given that employees capable of dealing with 90% of the problem are the norm in the UK with the 10% being handled by external consultants/escalation then what more do you want? Expertise is expensive and deemed unnecessary when management belief is that everyone except them is replacable with someone off the street armed with 2 weeks of training. I am not saying I agree but this has been the Business Studies opinion since the '90s
Wednesday 15th August 2018 17:42 GMT Doctor Syntax
Wednesday 15th August 2018 18:44 GMT Chronos
They're going to need more...
...if this is the same Trustee Savings Bank Bank who told a mate of mine they "can't just cancel a direct debit" despite the words "cancel [...] at any time" appearing verbatim in the DD guarantee. I'm pretty sure "any time" includes the moment he asked and advised him to telephone them again and say exactly that.
I believe we need a new collective term for bankers. "Wunch" would be my suggestion.
Wednesday 15th August 2018 20:04 GMT cd
Thursday 16th August 2018 09:35 GMT Anonymous Coward
"British bank TSB"
That would be the Spanish-owned TSB, would it?
"Since 2015, TSB has been part of the Spanish banking group Sabadell.
Right from day one, Sabadell wanted us to continue to build on our good name and proud heritage. Today, our mission remains the same as ever – to bring more competition to the UK market.
That’s a good thing for Britain and for UK banking."
A Spanish-owned bank competing in UK retail banking's race for the gutter or the race for Twitbank of the Decade may not have been what the TSB customers had been hoping for.
Girobank. G1R 0AA. You know it made sense. Many other countries still have their own Girobank equivalent. But not the UK, not since ... well, ages ago really.
Monday 20th August 2018 13:14 GMT Anonymous Coward
Bank fines "should they be against profits"
Should Banks be able to take fines of profits?
When I get a speeding fine trying to get to a meeting, I can't put it against my profits so why can they?
They should pay the Corp tax on all fines.
When they make lots of profits and don't pay me any interest on my saving, should the dividends be shared with me?
Monday 20th August 2018 13:23 GMT Ste Van De Mull
What we need is a local bank
What we need is a local bank that has free parking and as is open when I am not working.
We are getting ripped off by the banks my bank has just closed the two local towns banks.
I now have to travel 25 miles to nearest, they have just put me on email statements and now dividends for first time in a couple of years. If everything is online I might as well get a totally online bank, so I'm moving.