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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 [...]

Workforce Management Moves to the Forefront

I had the pleasure of attending a Forefront event in Dallas this fall. Forefront is a growing community of contact center Workforce Management and Operations leaders shaping the future of their profession to address the growing complexities they face in their profession. Over 30 contact center leaders, representing 17 large enterprises attended Forefront Dallas. These [...]

By |October 31st, 2016|Innovation, Intraday Automation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Help Your B2B Clients, Help Yourself

As a B2B company, you have a great opportunity to see the big picture that is hidden from your clients. By serving multiple clients, you can see something they can't - and that they most definitely need to know. Your clients use your products and services in a vacuum. They probably have a good idea [...]

5 Ways to Create a Seamless Omnichannel Experience with Intraday Automation

The evolution of technology has transformed the way consumers interact with brands. According to the Retailing 2020 report, the demand for an omnichannel customer experience will be amplified by the need for nearly perfect execution by 2020. And for call centers, the hub of customer experience management, the pressure is on to get the omnichannel [...]

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 [...]

Are You Viewing the Experience Through the Lens of the Customer?

Whenever we deal with customers, we are asking our brains to do a lot. We are trying to see things from the customer’s perspective, to understand their issue and how to solve it quickly, and simultaneously using processes and procedures to move the interaction to its next logical step. We are using our lens to [...]

Educating Your Team? Start with Yourself

Your people make the difference. Of course you know that. It's probably in posters all throughout your call centers, your break rooms, everywhere.  And you believe it. Which is why you invest money and time in them. You have online training they can take to improve their knowledge. You regularly pull them off the phones [...]

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 [...]

Earn a Seat at the Table

I hear it all the time. Your company is focused on the customer. There are customer-focused initiatives — perhaps your company has created a customer experience (Cx) team, and is hiring new people to stock it. A ton of customer research is being done – surveys and focus groups are carried out, journey maps are [...]

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 [...]