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Are You Showing Sincere Agent Appreciation?

We train our agents to thank our customers and show appreciation for their business.  We coach to ensure that they make the customer feel important and valued, and sound sincere when they do this.  A poorly given thanks is no better than saying nothing and the customer can hear the insincerity in our word choices, [...]

Why the Contact Center Community is Achieving Unprecedented Levels of Success with Intradiem

Advanced intraday automation has reached critical mass and is quickly becoming a ‘must have’ platform for enterprise contact centers focused on improving customer experience and agent performance while reducing cost. Want proof? The value that centers at Sprint, Rogers, Pacific Gas & Electric, and others are realizing continues to increase. This community of innovators is [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Intraday Automation|

An Idle Millennial = An Unhappy Millennial

Remember when ‘chat’ meant talking face to face? Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers likely remember those days, which included eye contact and facial cues. But now the Millennials are ‘large and in charge.’ 'Chat’ is a whole other animal, and it is one of reasons why seeing an idle Millennial is rare. In fact, their [...]

By |July 13th, 2017|Agent Engagement, Intraday Automation|

AccorHotels Global Reservation Centre Takes Home Workforce Management Practices Award for use of Intradiem to Improve their Business!

Congratulations to AccorHotels Global Reservation Centre and their Workforce Planning Team. They received the New Brunswick Contact Center Association (ContactNB) Workforce Management Practices Award for their use of Intradiem to deliver business improvements across both the customer and employee experiences. AccorHotels accomplished these improvements through their use of a platform created and provided by Intradiem. [...]

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|

More Coaching Misses and How to Fix Them (Part 2)

Welcome to the follow-up to “Coaching Misses and Fixes.” Last time we looked at some of the coaching improvement opportunities. Here are some more ideas for your consideration: Avoid talking about other agents and their skill problems Your agents don’t really care how coworker “Mary” struggles with the same skill issue or that coworker “Joe” [...]

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 [...]

Forefront Discussions Highlight Efficiency and Employee Engagement

Tour de Forefront - from New York to Chicago… "None of us is as smart as all of us." Ken Blanchard When you have a good conversation with an industry peer, exchange war stories and survivor tips, you’re building community. Forefront is a community where contact center operations and workforce management leaders, as well as [...]

Are You a Manager with Heart?

During February we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a holiday focused on making people feel special by telling them and showing them how much we appreciate and love them. Making people feel special should be more than one day on the calendar and this is especially true for managers. Sometimes we get caught up in the process [...]