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How to Boost Agent Morale with Real-Time Automation

Your agents are crucial assets to your contact center. Serving and supporting your customers each and every day, they truly are the voice of your company. Are you recognizing and celebrating their achievements? Many companies recognize their agents in a variety of ways during Customer Service Week. A recent Forbes article suggested some ideas such [...]

[Webinar Preview] Pro-Tips: Expert Advice from WFM Peers

Contact centers are becoming more complex. Keeping up with the pressure to cut costs and meet demands is hard. Mix in emerging technologies like digital,  and your head is spinning. How do you navigate through the clutter? In our upcoming webinar, Harper Flores and Maxene Squire, experienced WFM professionals, will share first-hand how they conquered [...]

3 Ways to Help Agents Self-Coach

One of the key coaching skills I discuss with managers is the difference between “telling” agents and “asking” agents. Most coaches understand this and agree that agents are more responsive to being asked questions about skills in coaching rather than just getting wordy lectures from the coach. But the benefit of using interactive techniques is [...]

Are You Using Customer Feedback to Improve Processes?

Sometimes we become so involved in the design, execution and gathering of data that we may not observe what is really going on with our customers and center agents. Here’s one thing I think we can all agree on. Surveys are everywhere. They are coming from your grocery store, your favorite restaurants, online shopping sites [...]

Fear of Coaching

I love working with new coaches and helping them to become the best they can be. Most are very excited about coaching with agents and welcome the opportunity to apply their experience in a new role in the center. Many coaches are supervisors or leads who now coach regularly in addition to their other center [...]

By |October 17th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Training / Coaching|

Call Center Cost Reduction: Automation Outranks Alternatives

Balancing the need to keep costs low and keeping customers happy is tough. But, Workforce Management (WFM) and contact center operations typically turn to one of four options to meet these objectives. These include digital solutions, right placement, workforce management, and automation. Each option provides a different return on investment and execution risk. Question is, [...]

Following Call Center Procedures (Including This Bad One)

Let’s face it…most agents want to be great agents. They want to keep their customers happy and that’s what we managers want too. Unfortunately some companies find ways to create negatives and obstacles that make it impossible for an agent to be successful in creating the best experience for their customers. One story I heard [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Customer Experience|

Banking on Loyalty

Welcome Financial Institution Pros! Today’s post is especially for you. In the midst of increasing usage of mobile banking and online transactions, it’s hard to believe that we still have customers who love to call our representatives in our centers and branches. Some of our customers just feel better speaking to a representative when they [...]

Are You Showing Sincere Agent Appreciation?

We train our agents to thank our customers and show appreciation for their business.  We coach to ensure that they make the customer feel important and valued, and sound sincere when they do this.  A poorly given thanks is no better than saying nothing and the customer can hear the insincerity in our word choices, [...]

A Rose By Any Other Name… Agent Word Choices

When coaching with our agents, we have many important skills to focus on such as listening, use of empathy, following correct procedures and engaging with our customers. One skill that can be overlooked is word choice, in other words the words and phrases that an agent uses either in writing or when speaking with customers. [...]