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5 Ways to Fuel Employee Engagement

With some of the latest contact center tech talk focused on chatbots and eliminating the need for human agents, it might seem strange to think about automation and employee engagement going hand in hand (and thank goodness because I would much prefer to resolve issues with a friendly human versus a robot). In a recent post, [...]

4 Ways to Build a Culture of Customer and Company Empathy

Being an agent is hard. Every day you work with customers who are frustrated because another part of the company broke down. Your policies are backward. Your product doesn’t work. Your website link is broken. Whenever there’s an issue somewhere else in the company, your teams hear about it. They see the worst in both [...]

Forefront Discussions Highlight Efficiency and Employee Engagement

Tour de Forefront - from New York to Chicago… "None of us is as smart as all of us." Ken Blanchard When you have a good conversation with an industry peer, exchange war stories and survivor tips, you’re building community. Forefront is a community where contact center operations and workforce management leaders, as well as [...]

Are You a Manager with Heart?

During February we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a holiday focused on making people feel special by telling them and showing them how much we appreciate and love them. Making people feel special should be more than one day on the calendar and this is especially true for managers. Sometimes we get caught up in the process [...]

Thinking is Bad – So Why Are You Making Your Customers Do It?

“The goal should not be to remove humans from the equation, but [to] empower human beings who actually have a beating heart and who are caring people to achieve a greater degree of hospitality.” These words, from Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, are meant for restaurants, but apply just as [...]

Investing in Employees to Emotionally Connect with Customers

Frontline employees need a strong mentor. Merriam-Webster defines the word mentor in the following way: “a : a trusted counselor or guide b : tutor, coach.” And isn’t this what the best managers, team leaders and colleagues strive to be for us? We want to keep our best people doing their best and feeling good [...]

Don’t Forget to Map the Employee Journey

Last month I led a journey mapping workshop at the ICMI conference. It was a ton of fun, as we mapped out how Amanda chooses her new health insurance plan. We looked at how and when to use journey mapping (answers: frequently, and in partnership with customers). During a break, one call center director asked [...]

Proactive New Hire Training and Coaching = Engaged Agents

We know that coaching offers many benefits for our experienced agents so we design coaching programs for on-going employee development success. However, we may not have equally effective plans in place for introducing and rolling out coaching with our newly hired agents. The first few weeks on the job can be major turnover time if [...]

Share Your Contact Center Employees, Share Your Learning

Loaning out your employees to the rest of the business gives them fresh perspectives on career paths and spreads your knowledge to the rest of the organization – but it also brings knowledge back. I once led customer experience for a division of a Fortune 25 company. Knowing that the call center was where the [...]

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How to Improve Your Finance Team’s Soft Skills

One of the reasons our business stays open is because someone purchases our services or products and will continue to do so based on having a successful series of interactions with us from purchase through delivery and later support if needed. A simple enough way to describe the importance of customer touch points for our [...]