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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, Featured|

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” [...]

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 [...]

It’s Not Just Your Forecast Anymore

To earn your stripes in the Workforce Management profession, creating that perfect forecast and schedule made you a hero. But then came multi-channel and customers with smartphones that shifted the entire dynamics of your profession. In today’s WFM world, it’s just as important to manage intraday processes as it is to start with an accurate [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Innovation, Intraday Automation|

4 Ways to Build a Culture of Customer and Company Empathy

Being an agent is hard. Every day you work with customers who are frustrated because another part of the company broke down. Your policies are backward. Your product doesn’t work. Your website link is broken. Whenever there’s an issue somewhere else in the company, your teams hear about it. They see the worst in both [...]

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 [...]

Don’t Market During Customer Issues

Are you annoying your customers – and then trying to sell to them? Better customer experience (CX) leads to more sales. We all know this intuitively, but the Temkin Group has proved it empirically. In ROI of Customer Experience, 2016 they found that for a $1 billion firm, a modest improvement in CX results in [...]

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|