Quick Start: Get started as a response group agent

As a response group agent, you’ve been selected to help answer phone calls for a particular group or multiple groups. You can use Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 communications software to answer and manage the phone calls that come into your group. There are two types of groups:

  • Formal groups are groups that you need to manually sign in to before you can take calls.
  • Informal groups are groups that you are automatically signed in to when you sign in to Lync 2010.
What do you want to do?


Find out that you’ve been added to a response group

When the support team makes you an agent for a response group, you’ll see a notification in Lync that tells you which group you’ve been added to. If your response group membership is removed, you will also be notified.

Added to a Response Group

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View your response groups

You can use Lync to access the Agent Groups page, which lists the groups for which you’re an agent. If you are an agent for multiple sites, you get a separate page for each site.

  1. Open Lync, and, in the Lync main window, click the Show Menu arrow (Options arrow ), point to Tools, and then click Response Group Settings.
  2. A browser opens and displays the Agent Groups page, which lists all the groups for which you are an agent. A checked box indicates that you are signed into a group.

Agent Groups Page

  1. To sign in to a formal group, select the Signed in check box next to the group. You cannot clear the Signed in check box for informal groups. Groups marked as “n/a” indicate that the Agent Groups page cannot connect to the Response Group application.

 Note    The Response Group application cannot route calls to agents who have Privacy Mode enabled. To receive Response Group calls, either disable Privacy Mode or add “RGS Presence Watcher” as a Contact.

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Answer a call

When you’re signed into a group, you’re ready to take a call. An incoming call notification shows you which group is routing the call to you. To answer a call, click the incoming call notification. If you’re answering a call for an anonymous response group, your identity remains hidden from the caller.

Click Alert to Answer Call

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Navigate the conversation window

After you answer a call, a conversation window opens. At the top of the window, you can see the name of the response group that routed the call to you. If it’s an anonymous response group, your identity is hidden during the call, and the word “Anonymous appears in the top right of the window. Instant messages exchanged during an anonymous response group conversation also preserve your anonymity.

If the caller was given options when he or she first connected, the conversation window shows Notes from the (group name) along with the instructions the caller heard and the option the caller selected. You can also see how long the caller waited to connect to you.

Answered Call Window

Other Lync users can search for a response group the same way they search for any other contact. They can call the group directly from Lync. If your support team has enabled the agent anonymity feature, your name will not appear in the Lync conversation window when you answer a call, so your identity remains anonymous.

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