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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|

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|

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. [...]

Investing in Employees to Emotionally Connect with Customers

Frontline employees need a strong mentor. Merriam-Webster defines the word mentor in the following way: “a : a trusted counselor or guide b : tutor, coach.” And isn’t this what the best managers, team leaders and colleagues strive to be for us? We want to keep our best people doing their best and feeling good [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Too Many Process Cooks Spoil Customer Experience and Agent Support

Unfortunately, the story shared here is based on a real company event. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, but too bad the company name can’t be shared so they can be shamed for their part in poor customer experience and agent support. An agent recently told me about a customer service situation that demonstrates [...]

By |September 8th, 2015|Corporate Culture, Customer Experience, Training / Coaching|

Home-Based Heroes Need Agent Coaching Love, Too!

It’s hard enough to coach with agents in your center who sit close by, but it can be even more challenging coaching with those farther away. Many home agents are part of skills monitoring and coaching programs that are timely and motivating.  Some aren’t that fortunate and may find themselves wondering if they still have [...]

By |June 9th, 2015|Training / Coaching|

Complete Agent Disengagement in One Email

I recently saw an email that was a good reminder to all of us that the words we choose to write can convey a very different meaning from what we intended to say, especially when the actions before and after the email aren't mirroring what we wrote. The email I’m referring to was written by [...]

By |May 11th, 2015|Corporate Culture, Training / Coaching|