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Investing in Employees to Emotionally Connect with Customers

Frontline employees need a strong mentor. Merriam-Webster defines the word mentor in the following way: “a : a trusted counselor or guide b : tutor, coach.” And isn’t this what the best managers, team leaders and colleagues strive to be for us? We want to keep our best people doing their best and feeling good [...]

3 Challenges to Improve CX from the Inside Out

There are ways to change the experience for your customers and employees alike for the better. There are even plenty of ways you can improve things today. Yet when we are working day after day on the same set of projects and goals, it can be easy to become a little complacent about what customers [...]

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 [...]

5 Ways to Get Better Customer Feedback

It may be common knowledge now that hearing from customers about what they really want and need from your organization is a key component to a successful customer experience. And while sending a survey once a quarter asking a few basic questions might be enough to pat yourself on the back, it's not enough to really understand your [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Best Practices / Metrics, Customer Experience|

How to Improve Your Finance Team’s Soft Skills

One of the reasons our business stays open is because someone purchases our services or products and will continue to do so based on having a successful series of interactions with us from purchase through delivery and later support if needed. A simple enough way to describe the importance of customer touch points for our [...]

4 Ways You Might be Disengaging Your Employees

The idea of employee engagement receives a lot of lip service. Employees who are engaged will deliver better experiences to your customers, leading to increased retention, improved referral rates, and more revenue overall. Hurrah! But what happens when your organization is structured to actively disengage your employees? Most leaders don’t even know this is happening. [...]

3 Ways to Find Your Customer Service Superstars

Do you know what your customers talk about after interacting with your company? Most likely, one of two things happens. They tell their friends all about the painful, frustrating experience of an interaction gone wrong. Or…they tell their friends how happy they were with the service of such an exceptionally helpful, friendly representative for your company. [...]

Why Operations VPs Need To Encourage Internal Customer Service Excellence

Recently I had a support team manager tell me that she had received feedback from a VP in the operations area of the company where she worked. He told her that he thought that all this “engagement” by her agents in emails and on calls to internal customers and co-workers was unnecessary “fluff”. She told [...]

The Challenges of Employee Retention

The phrase "employee retention" sends shivers down the spines of some folks. And it ought to. Employee turnover is expensive to any company in a variety of ways, not the least of which is the impact on the customer experience, too. According to Gallup: Engaged employees are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their [...]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Agent Engagement, Best Practices / Metrics, Training / Coaching|

Waterfall Coaching For Agent Engagement

One of the greatest opportunities for agent engagement — and yet from my observations, the least implemented — is the consistent involvement of top leadership in hands-on coaching activities and quality monitoring. Many C-suite and higher-level managers feel that coaching is an activity for the frontline leaders. Or they may do a lot of feedback “telling” in team meetings with [...]

By |January 12th, 2016|Agent Engagement, Innovation, Training / Coaching|