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We Know If They’ve Been Good or Bad With Customers – But What Are We Doing To Inspire Change?

Sometimes coaches become a little like Santa Claus. Keeping the list. Checking it twice. Knowing who has been “naughty or nice” with the customers. Checking the coaching off as “done” and waiting for the next coaching time. But, unlike Santa, our coaches need to find ways to not only document skills on a list but [...]

7 Ways to Coach by Example

Coaching is so much more than sitting in a room and discussing skills with our agents. If a manager looks at coaching as a boring checklist item to be completed weekly or monthly, the agent will approach it the same way. Your view of coaching affects you, your customers and each member of your team. [...]

Don’t Forget to Map the Employee Journey

Last month I led a journey mapping workshop at the ICMI conference. It was a ton of fun, as we mapped out how Amanda chooses her new health insurance plan. We looked at how and when to use journey mapping (answers: frequently, and in partnership with customers). During a break, one call center director asked [...]

Workforce Management Moves to the Forefront

I had the pleasure of attending a Forefront event in Dallas this fall. Forefront is a growing community of contact center Workforce Management and Operations leaders shaping the future of their profession to address the growing complexities they face in their profession. Over 30 contact center leaders, representing 17 large enterprises attended Forefront Dallas. These [...]

By |October 31st, 2016|Innovation, Intraday Automation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Are Your Processes “Customer Driven” or Driving Customers Away?

Even when our agents are coached and trained to provide the best customer experience, those best efforts can be in vain if our processes aren’t making our customers happy. It may make perfect sense as you read those words, but how many times have we made excuses about a company process being necessary for some [...]

Help Your B2B Clients, Help Yourself

As a B2B company, you have a great opportunity to see the big picture that is hidden from your clients. By serving multiple clients, you can see something they can't - and that they most definitely need to know. Your clients use your products and services in a vacuum. They probably have a good idea [...]

5 Ways to Create a Seamless Omnichannel Experience with Intraday Automation

The evolution of technology has transformed the way consumers interact with brands. According to the Retailing 2020 report, the demand for an omnichannel customer experience will be amplified by the need for nearly perfect execution by 2020. And for call centers, the hub of customer experience management, the pressure is on to get the omnichannel [...]

Are You Viewing the Experience Through the Lens of the Customer?

Whenever we deal with customers, we are asking our brains to do a lot. We are trying to see things from the customer’s perspective, to understand their issue and how to solve it quickly, and simultaneously using processes and procedures to move the interaction to its next logical step. We are using our lens to [...]

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|

The Future of Contact Center Automation

As technology advances, could contact center agents be replaced by robots? That’s a question some outsourcers in India and the Philippines are asking themselves as automation continues to have a major impact on the contact center industry. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, robots are already starting to replace agents on some low-end [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Innovation, Intraday Automation|