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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 [...]

By |September 12th, 2016|Agent Engagement, Best Practices / Metrics, Training / Coaching|

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 [...]

4 Ways You Might be Disengaging Your Employees

The idea of employee engagement receives a lot of lip service. Employees who are engaged will deliver better experiences to your customers, leading to increased retention, improved referral rates, and more revenue overall. Hurrah! But what happens when your organization is structured to actively disengage your employees? Most leaders don’t even know this is happening. [...]

What is the Most Important Contact Center Metric?

I presented at the ICMI CC Expo last month in Long Beach. It’s always a great conference, and I look forward to it each year. In the afternoon after my journey mapping workshop I attended a Justin Robbin’s session on metrics. Justin began by asking attendees the most important metric they tracked. Think about it [...]

3 Ways to Find Your Customer Service Superstars

Do you know what your customers talk about after interacting with your company? Most likely, one of two things happens. They tell their friends all about the painful, frustrating experience of an interaction gone wrong. Or…they tell their friends how happy they were with the service of such an exceptionally helpful, friendly representative for your company. [...]

Why Operations VPs Need To Encourage Internal Customer Service Excellence

Recently I had a support team manager tell me that she had received feedback from a VP in the operations area of the company where she worked. He told her that he thought that all this “engagement” by her agents in emails and on calls to internal customers and co-workers was unnecessary “fluff”. She told [...]

WFM: From the Back of the Bus to Driving the Bus

Research shows that 85% of organizations view the customer experience provided through the contact center as a competitive differentiator. Yet 45% of customers can’t remember having a positive customer experience! At the same time, today’s buyers are more empowered than ever. Not only can they do their own research online, but they can also use [...]

Are Millennials Changing the Way We Design Experiences?

Do millennials really approach everything differently than generations before them? Or are the challenges of designing for them simply the same challenges as designing and delivering experiences for any group? Yes, millennials approach the world a little differently. But so does every generation. What should we remember as we design workplaces, customer experiences, and more [...]