Call Center ACW (After Call Work) 101: Streamlining Post-Call Processes

Call Center ACW (After Call Work) 101: Streamlining Post-Call Processes


Before diving into the solutions, let's take a moment to understand why ACW (After Call Work) matters in call center operations. ACW plays a crucial role in ensuring accurate record-keeping, compliance with regulations, and follow-up actions after customer interactions. It's the behind-the-scenes work that agents undertake to maintain high-quality customer service standards. 

While these tasks are essential, they pose significant challenges for agents and contact center operations due to their ongoing conflict with the goal of reducing Average Handle Time (AHT). This natural tension between lowering AHT—a critical performance metric—and thoroughly completing all necessary tasks during ACW requires a delicate balance. Managing these competing priorities creates ongoing difficulties in optimizing contact center efficiency and effectiveness.


To address this, let’s explore the unique challenges of ACW, highlight the main contributors to ACW, and showcase how advanced generative AI is alleviating the tension between ACW and AHT.  

Defining Call Center ACW

When we talk about ACW, we're referring to the tasks that agents must complete post-call. These tasks include updating customer records, logging call details, completing forms, and ensuring compliance with company policies and regulations. 

Main Contributors to Call Center ACW

Now, let's break down the main factors contributing to ACW:

  • Agent Notes: Agent notes are vital for capturing essential details of customer interactions. These concise summaries encompass key information discussed during the call, including customer inquiries, issues addressed, and actions taken. By meticulously recording this information, agents ensure continuity in service and provide valuable insights for future interactions.
  • Dispositioning: This involves categorizing customer interactions based on predefined criteria. Agents assign disposition codes to each call, indicating its outcome and resolution status. These codes facilitate performance tracking, trend analysis, and data-driven decision-making, contributing to overall operational efficiency.
  • Compliance Measures: Compliance measures ensure adherence to regulatory requirements and internal policies. Agents must comply with data privacy regulations, industry standards, and organizational policies when handling customer information. Adhering to compliance protocols maintains trust and integrity in customer interactions.
  • Sending Surveys and Questionnaires: Surveys, questionnaires, and follow-up emails solicit feedback from customers post-interaction, gauging sentiment, measuring satisfaction, and fostering engagement. These responses provide actionable insights for refining service delivery and improving agent performance. But, it's important to note that surveys often don't always provide the most accurate picture. Agents can often choose whether to send a follow-up survey, potentially skewing results, and even when surveys are sent to all customers, only the most pleased or displeased typically respond, which can lead to an inaccurate representation of overall customer sentiment.

Common Challenges Go Beyond Time Constraints

One common, well-known challenge in ACW is the time-consuming nature of manual tasks, leading to delays in follow-up actions and reduced agent productivity. However, the challenges extend beyond time constraints and encompass various aspects of data management and analysis. Here are some additional challenges:

  • Unstructured Handwritten Notes: Illegible or inconsistent handwritten notes hinder insights extraction.
  • Data Silos: Disparate systems lead to data inconsistencies and hinder comprehensive analysis.
  • Limited Insights: Traditional methods and low-performing summarization solutions may overlook nuances, limiting actionable insights.
  • Manual Error and Compliance Risks: Manual processes increase the risk of errors and compliance breaches, impacting data integrity and regulatory compliance.

Benefits and Applications 

Optimizing ACW processes can lead to significant benefits for call centers, including improved agent efficiency, enhanced customer satisfaction, and better compliance with regulatory requirements. By streamlining ACW tasks, call centers can deliver a more seamless and personalized customer experience.

Alleviating the Tension Between ACW and AHT
Advanced generative AI now has the power and nuance to effectively manage the tension between reducing Average Handle Time and completing essential After-Call Work tasks. These elevated automation capabilities raise the ceiling on what's possible with the majority of customer interactions. Generative AI can efficiently handle more complex customer issues with minimal human oversight, enabling agents to concentrate on addressing more intricate issues and engaging in higher-level tasks.

Generative AI's capacity to streamline processes not only reduces AHT but also ensures the thorough completion of crucial ACW tasks. This balanced solution optimizes contact center efficiency and effectiveness with proper escalation management, empowering agents to operate more efficiently with the support of generative AI.

Introducing AutoSummary: Slashing the ACW Processes

ASAPP's summarization solution, AutoSummary, is making a big impact in streamlining post-call tasks and creating rich information for analytics and operational enhancements. AutoSummary automates the summarization of customer interactions, reduces ACW processes, provides real-time operational feedback, and empowers agents to work more efficiently while solving customer problems faster.

Key Benefits of AutoSummary

  • Real-time Summarization: By analyzing interactions in real-time, AutoSummary quickly extracts key insights as customer interactions unfold, enabling prompt response and improved service delivery.
  • Seamless Integration: Summarized information seamlessly integrates with the call center's CRM system, eliminating manual data entry and ensuring smooth information flow across the organization.
  • Customization Options: AutoSummary offers extensive customization options, allowing call centers to tailor the summarization process to their specific needs, whether by prioritizing specific metrics or keywords or customizing summarization criteria based on industry-specific requirements.
  • Scalability and Reliability: Designed for scalability, AutoSummary ensures consistent and dependable performance even amidst fluctuating call volumes or evolving business needs, providing uninterrupted support for critical ACW tasks.
  • Unprecedented Business Insights: AutoSummary enables you to understand why your customers are calling, giving you the ability to identify automation opportunities, analyze promotion and cross-sell effectiveness, and respond to anomaly detection.


Call Center ACW (After Call Work) is a critical aspect of call center operations, and understanding it is essential for success. With the right tools and knowledge, call centers can streamline ACW processes, improve agent efficiency, and deliver exceptional customer experiences. 

Ready to dive deeper into the world of ACW and learn how to optimize your call center operations? Check out our eBook, “The Modern CX Guide to Summaries.” In it, we explore advanced strategies for reducing ACW and improving overall efficiency and unpack how modern solutions to summaries and dispositioning can slash ACW.

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Lane Hartman

Lane Hartman leads Content and Customer Marketing at ASAPP.

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