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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|

Why the “Old” Way of Workforce Management isn’t Good Enough

Having been in this business over 40 years and in over 1,000 call centers in five continents, I've seen some major changes in workforce management. For example, back in the early days, we didn't have ACDs – we had PBX “hunt groups.” Calls were simply given to the next available agent. There were no queues, [...]

By |February 24th, 2015|Best Practices / Metrics, Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Employee Engagement Leads to Working Harder and Caring More

Aristotle said, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” This could have been the beginning of what we now call employee engagement. That was a long time ago – over 2,300 years ago! So, let’s break this simple quotation down. Just nine words long, and yet it is very powerful. Here are five [...]

By |February 3rd, 2015|Training / Coaching, Workforce Infrastructure|

5 Things Frontline Leaders Can Do to Help Agent Attrition

I love working with front-line supervisors and managers who are learning how to be more effective coaches. Most are eager to learn how to build a great team. During our work time together, many express frustration about agent turnover, the time and effort that new hire training takes with high turnover. Some add that they [...]