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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 [...]

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|

Go and See for Yourself

I recently came across the Japanese terms genchi genbutsu and genba; they're both key principles of the Toyota Production System, which comprises Toyota's management philosophy and best practices. While they are management principles/concepts, they apply not only to the employee experience but also to the customer experience. Let's look at some background and definitions first. [...]

Prevent Fires with a Real-Time Frontline

What’s the difference between tactics and strategy? Strategy is what you are trying to accomplish, where tactics answer the question of how you will accomplish it. Look at it this way: strategy is doing the right things. Tactics are doing things right. For most Real Time Analysts in today’s contact centers, every day is like [...]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Best Practices / Metrics, Training / Coaching|

Intraday Automation Making Life Easier in the Contact Center

As contact center environments have become more complex, strategic business leaders are looking for innovative ways to spend less and make customers happier. A recent study by Aberdeen Group shows intraday automation might be the magic bullet – or at least the secret sauce – to how leading contact centers are managing their workforces to [...]

By |August 18th, 2015|Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Manual Contact Center Productivity Tools Aren’t Fit for the Modern Era

Here's the story: A health insurance company came up with an innovation for their health savings accounts, allowing account holders to select among three pricing plans. This would allow their customers to select the plan that best fit their needs. Their market research confirmed interest in the plan, so they implemented the new account types. [...]

By |July 28th, 2015|Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Are You Selling Your Customer Service Team?

Global studies tell us that 78% of customers have not made an intended purchase due to a bad customer service experience. Other surveys say we have a 60-70% probability of selling to an existing customer versus less than 20% probability of selling to a new prospect. And another survey reported that only 1% of business-to-business [...]

By |July 14th, 2015|Training / Coaching, Workforce Infrastructure|

15 Ways to Build Employee Efficiency

Are your employees working hard, working smart, or both? In the last two months, I've written about employee effort and employee empowerment. This month, I'm going to tackle employee efficiency. How is that different from the other two? Let's start by defining efficiency or being efficient, and then I'll come back to that question. According [...]

By |June 18th, 2015|Corporate Culture, Training / Coaching|

Turning “Little Data” into Big Productivity Gains

There’s been a ton of talk about “big data.” And rightly so. Big data has the potential to completely change how you treat customers based on a better understanding of their behaviors. It’s a great capability, and you should definitely look into it. But this blog isn’t about contact center big data. Instead, it’s about [...]

By |May 28th, 2015|Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Employee Empowerment Increases Productivity

When we empower employees, does that impact their productivity? Employee empowerment is one of those phrases that often causes people to groan. Is it just another piece of employee lingo or a catch phrase? No, absolutely not. It's an important concept to both reducing employee effort and increasing employee engagement. When employees feel empowered, they [...]

By |May 21st, 2015|Corporate Culture, Workforce Infrastructure|