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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 Can Your Team Innovate Around the Customer Experience?

Your customers want to innovate with you. And often your employees do, too. The challenge comes in finding ways to help your customers and team members innovate around the customer experience in ways that don’t require massive investments of time and money. Innovation doesn’t have to be impossible! Make it fun and fast, and learn [...]

5 Ways to Fuel Employee Engagement

With some of the latest contact center tech talk focused on chatbots and eliminating the need for human agents, it might seem strange to think about automation and employee engagement going hand in hand (and thank goodness because I would much prefer to resolve issues with a friendly human versus a robot). In a recent post, [...]

Spring Cleaning Time for Our Centers

Welcome to Spring! It’s time to clean the clutter and broken pieces out of our center house and bring in some new ideas. In order to do this we need to avoid getting stuck in the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality. Even large centers that pride themselves on innovation and efficiency often find [...]

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 [...]

3 Ways to Improve Adherence in the Contact Center

When agents don’t (or can’t) adhere to their schedule, the WFM team must manage these exceptions. Some companies tolerate a certain percentage of non-compliance as a cost of doing business while other companies rely on supervisors to coach agents on the importance of adherence. Today, you can leverage automation to improve adherence, drive compliance and [...]

By |February 21st, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Innovation, Intraday Automation|

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 [...]

Thinking is Bad – So Why Are You Making Your Customers Do It?

“The goal should not be to remove humans from the equation, but [to] empower human beings who actually have a beating heart and who are caring people to achieve a greater degree of hospitality.” These words, from Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, are meant for restaurants, but apply just as [...]

How to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet with Intraday Automation

With 2017 in full swing, it’s the perfect time to take control of your frontline and make the necessary changes in your center to ensure success. Reflecting on the past, think about the areas that could be improved to bring your operations to the next level. Is it agent training and development? Meeting service level [...]

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. [...]