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Holidays on the Horizon: Is Your Contact Center Prepared for the Chaotic Months Ahead?

Though the holidays bring a surge in sales for many businesses, that usually translates to an increased volume of customer support requests. Even the most prepared service groups can experience chaos in the contact center during these months. I experienced this firsthand during my time as Director of Global Workforce Optimization at a Fortune 25 [...]

Are You Using Customer Feedback to Improve Processes?

Sometimes we become so involved in the design, execution and gathering of data that we may not observe what is really going on with our customers and center agents. Here’s one thing I think we can all agree on. Surveys are everywhere. They are coming from your grocery store, your favorite restaurants, online shopping sites [...]

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|

Call Center Cost Reduction: Automation Outranks Alternatives

Balancing the need to keep costs low and keeping customers happy is tough. But, Workforce Management (WFM) and contact center operations typically turn to one of four options to meet these objectives. These include digital solutions, right placement, workforce management, and automation. Each option provides a different return on investment and execution risk. Question is, [...]

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|

Advanced Intraday Automation – Getting a Seat at the Budget Table

In the prior blog article, "Why All the Fuss Over Advanced Intraday Automation," we outlined the problems addressed, what it is, why it’s growing so quickly and the value centers and their managers are realizing. This time around we will provide a practical guide to creating a business case for the advanced intraday automation solution. [...]

By |June 16th, 2017|Innovation, Intraday Automation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Why All the Fuss Over Advanced Intraday Automation?

A growing list of enterprise contact centers like Citi, British Gas and Aetna are reaping the strategic benefits of advanced intraday automation. This summary aims to provide a quick primer on the ins and outs of advanced intraday automation, including the problems it addresses, what it is, why it’s growing so quickly and the value [...]

5 Ways to Reduce Agent Attrition with Advanced Intraday Automation

Workforce attrition can wreak havoc on any business, and this is especially true for call centers where it continues to rise. Keeping agents happy amidst the call center chaos can prove to be challenging for supervisors. Busy schedules mixed with the unpredictable nature of the environment leaves little time to develop, support and ensure agents [...]

8 Qualities to Look for in an Intraday Automation Provider

Once considered an emerging technology, new to the scene within the past few years, intraday automation is no longer a nice-to-have, but a need-to-have. When meeting the goals of the business, consensus among workforce management and contact center operations is apparent - The Challenge is Real and relying on the status quo is not an [...]

Coaching Misses and How to Fix Them (Part 1)

One of the most important jobs we have as leaders is to make sure we are coaching successfully with our team members. Unfortunately coaching is sometimes done based solely on process goals rather than looking at the “moments of truth” that we create for our agents during the process. So many things we do and [...]