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Define Inbound Phone Queue Properties

Virtual Contact Center categorizes phone queues by the direction of the phone calls.

To define an inbound phone queue, you need to define the primary properties, such as queue name, default priority, post-processing timeout, and more. The Properties tab allows you to define these properties.

To define inbound phone queue properties:

  1. From the Configuration Menu, open Queues/Skills.
  2. Click or Inbound Phone.
  3. Enter the desired properties in the Properties tab.

    The following table summarizes the options under Queues/Skills > Inbound Phone > Properties:
    Properties Tab OptionDescription
    Queue typeRead-only reminder of the type of queue.
    Queue directionRead-only reminder of the phone queue direction. Specifies if it is inbound or outbound. It is applicable to phone media only.
    Queue nameType a name for the queue.
    Default PriorityChoose the priority for this queue, where <1> specifies the lowest priority and <10> specifies the highest priority. This defines the priority for interactions of all media.
    By default, Virtual Contact Center prioritizes the queues as follows:
    • Phone queue = 8 (highest default priority)
    • Chat queue = 6
    • Voicemail queue = 4
    • Email queue = 2 (lowest default priority)
    Based on your business needs, you can assign the desired priority for each queue.
    Transfer Incoming Calls ToIf enabled, Virtual Contact Center transfers phone interactions from this queue to an external telephone number (that is not managed by the contact center). The external telephone number must have the following format:
    • In the United States:
      1 + three-digit area code + seven-digit phone number
    • Outside the United States:
      Country Code +phone number
    The telephone number may contain optional dashes, spaces, or parentheses.
    Post-Processing TimeoutChoose how much time Virtual Contact Center must wait before assigning a new interaction from the queue to an agent who has just completed an interaction.
    The post-processing timeout enables agents servicing the selected queue to perform any necessary post-interaction tasks before receiving a new interaction.
    Choose Manual to enable agents assigned to this queue to use their Agent Console to explicitly make themselves available for new interactions. When there are multiple agents available with the same queue and skill level assignment waiting to receive the next interaction, Virtual Contact Center routes the call to the agent who has been idle the longest. See the Note and table below regarding resetting the agent's idle timer.
    Voice Recording %Specify the percentage of interactions from this queue recorded by Virtual Contact Center.
    Waiting MusicChoose the audio file played when a caller must wait for an agent to become available. The Waiting Music lists all files defined in the Audio Files tab.
    For details on the Audio Files tab, refer to Configure Recorded Greetings.
  4. Click Save.

    Note: The agent's idle timer is reset every time an interaction comes to an agent via a queue, and as soon as the agent ends the post processing. Log in and log out or changing the status does not reset the agent's timer. Also, if the agent transfers a call that comes via a queue to another agent, it resets the timer for Agent A but not for Agent B. See the following table for the complete list of activities that may or may not reset the agent's idle timer.

    An agent's idle timer is reset by:An agent's idle timer is not reset by:
    Inbound Call via an Inbound Voice QueueAccepting Direct-to-Agent Calls
    Inbound Voicemail Call via an Inbound Voicemail Queue Dialing Agent-to-Agent Calls
    IVR Callback call via an Outbound QueueDialing a manual outbound call even if it makes the agent busy using an Outbound Phone Code (OPC) Queue
    Web callback call via an Outbound Queue Making a click-to-dial outbound call
    Campaign call via an Outbound Queue Agent-to-Agent Chat
    Inbound Chat via an Inbound Chat QueueChanging between logged in states such as Available, Working Offline, and On Break
    Inbound Email via an Inbound Email Queue Log in or Log out
    After you define the queue properties, you are ready to assign members to the queue.

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