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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|

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|

Banking on Loyalty

Welcome Financial Institution Pros! Today’s post is especially for you. In the midst of increasing usage of mobile banking and online transactions, it’s hard to believe that we still have customers who love to call our representatives in our centers and branches. Some of our customers just feel better speaking to a representative when they [...]

A Rose By Any Other Name… Agent Word Choices

When coaching with our agents, we have many important skills to focus on such as listening, use of empathy, following correct procedures and engaging with our customers. One skill that can be overlooked is word choice, in other words the words and phrases that an agent uses either in writing or when speaking with customers. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Competitors Help Improve Your Experience

What are your competitors doing with CX? I do hope you have answers for this! But are your answers up to date? And do they lead to action? I’ve heard many business leaders say they don’t check their competitors’ customer experiences at all! They say things like “We pay close attention to the market” or [...]