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Ticket to Ride the Customer Experience Support Train

There are many tech support agents who are extremely successful at creating a great customer experience over the phone. They are patient, ask good questions, listen well and help find the best solutions for their callers. Soft skills seem to come natural to some of these support phone pros. Others who need to learn the [...]

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. [...]

How to Keep WFM Employees Engaged

We read a lot of articles about training, coaching and motivating our center agents, supervisors and leaders. One area of our center doesn’t seem to receive as much attention: our WFM (workforce management) employees. Every member of our team has both direct and indirect effect on the customer experience every day. Our WFM team members [...]

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 [...]

Coaching Social Customer Service Agents

Coaching in our centers can involve a wide variety of coaching activities and communication skills. Our agents may be focused on only one type of customer interaction or a blend, depending on how our center functions and the level of agents we employ. Social media has become a major customer engagement opportunity for companies, whether [...]

How to “Green” Your Contact Center

Making “greener” choices in the contact center can benefit both the environment and your bottom line. It can even help to attract and retain the best staff. According to a survey conducted by the Society of Human Resources Management on HR and environmental sustainability, 49% of businesses with green workplace practices claimed these environmentally conscious [...]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Leadership Fails

In honor of April Fool’s Day, I thought I’d share some of the most foolish things I’ve seen center leaders do. I’ll also share the wonderful things since there are many who have what it takes. EATING + COACHING = UNPROFESSIONAL: As I joined the supervisor for coaching, she told me the rep would be [...]

Stress in the Contact Center and What You Can Do About It

Anyone who has ever worked in a contact center knows stress. Being a workforce manager is like working in a never-ending game of tug-of-war – and you’re the rope! Operations managers expect perfect service levels, while training managers and supervisors expect regular training sessions – and all of this has to be scheduled without negatively [...]

The CFO’s Role In Customer Experience and Coaching

One of the areas of business operations that is often neglected when it comes to soft skills coaching, is our finance team. The employees handling collections inside a company may receive coaching but from my observations, others dealing with vendor payments and internal customer calls and emails rarely have the individual coaching needed to reach [...]