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WFM Tips Featuring Maxene Squire [Webinar Preview]

Are you facing complex challenges in the contact center? Are you feeling the pressure to reduce costs while improving the customer experience? Keeping up with demands is no easy task, especially when you're relying on time-consuming manual processes to get you to the finish line. Join your workforce management peers, Maxene Squire and Harper Flores, [...]

Customer Community Cuts Costs with Real-Time Automation

In this edition of our Customer Community Stories, we’re diving into the variety of ways customers are achieving their cost reduction goals. Check it out: $16.5M in Savings This top health insurer needed to improve agent engagement while also reducing costs in their center. Idle time wasn’t being used productively due to inefficient processes. With [...]

By |September 6th, 2018|Cost Take Out, Real-Time Automation, Training / Coaching|

UK Utility: Weathering the Storm with Real-Time Automation

Mother Nature doesn’t adhere to WFM planning processes, and can unleash nasty storms with little warning or time to prepare. Real-time spikes in call volume due to storms and outages are a reality of life in the utility industry. To be prepared, many utility companies choose to staff a surplus of agents and run call [...]

By |September 5th, 2018|Customer Experience, Real-Time Automation, Training / Coaching|

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 [...]

By |November 9th, 2017|Customer Experience, Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

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, [...]

By |September 29th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

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, 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 [...]

By |June 6th, 2017|Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|