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The Future of Contact Center Automation

As technology advances, could contact center agents be replaced by robots? That’s a question some outsourcers in India and the Philippines are asking themselves as automation continues to have a major impact on the contact center industry. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, robots are already starting to replace agents on some low-end [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Innovation, Intraday Automation|

Forefront is Making its Next Stop

Back in May, we brought together some of the best minds in Workforce Management, Operations, L&D and IT to discuss market trends, existing contact center challenges and viable solutions. What actually happened was beyond our wildest expectations — the exchange of ideas, the rich discussions about the future of the profession, the takeaways from other [...]

By |July 14th, 2016|Innovation, Intraday Automation|

How to Keep WFM Employees Engaged

We read a lot of articles about training, coaching and motivating our center agents, supervisors and leaders. One area of our center doesn’t seem to receive as much attention: our WFM (workforce management) employees. Every member of our team has both direct and indirect effect on the customer experience every day. Our WFM team members [...]

Forefront Atlanta Takeaways

I was lucky enough to be part of Forefront Atlanta on May 3rd.  Forefront events bring together frontline workforce leaders from across workforce management, operations, IT and L&D to experience and discuss the future of the industry. The Atlanta event, which was anchored by Citi and Cox, saw attendance increase four-fold from the fall 2015 [...]

By |May 24th, 2016|Customer Experience, Innovation, Intraday Automation|

WFM: From the Back of the Bus to Driving the Bus

Research shows that 85% of organizations view the customer experience provided through the contact center as a competitive differentiator. Yet 45% of customers can’t remember having a positive customer experience! At the same time, today’s buyers are more empowered than ever. Not only can they do their own research online, but they can also use [...]

Stress in the Contact Center and What You Can Do About It

Anyone who has ever worked in a contact center knows stress. Being a workforce manager is like working in a never-ending game of tug-of-war – and you’re the rope! Operations managers expect perfect service levels, while training managers and supervisors expect regular training sessions – and all of this has to be scheduled without negatively [...]

Financial Services Contact Centers: Intraday Automation Puts Your Customers First

Today’s financial services contact centers face many challenges when it comes to delivering an exceptional customer experience. In addition to dealing with a portfolio of highly regulated products, there are generational chasms with varying expectations, demands and tolerance level across multiple channels. Additionally, the industry is facing technological updates. In a recent survey, 53% of [...]

By |January 20th, 2016|Customer Experience, Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|

Planning Ahead When Your Contact Center is Already Behind

It’s the end of the year. A time when your corporate partners are taking time off to rest and recharge. They’re building their plans, getting ready for next year. How can they grow the business? How can they deliver even more customer value? What about you? For many B2C contact centers, this is the busiest [...]

By |December 29th, 2015|Workforce Infrastructure|

The “New Normal” for BPOs

We’ve always done it that way – and that’s the problem. It’s a common scenario. A large, global outsourcer with 70,000-plus employees across the globe is responsible for handling customer care calls for a major client. The expectation is a service level of 80% of calls answered in 20 seconds or less. Call volume fluctuates [...]

By |December 3rd, 2015|Workforce Infrastructure|

Manual Contact Center Productivity Tools Aren’t Fit for the Modern Era

Here's the story: A health insurance company came up with an innovation for their health savings accounts, allowing account holders to select among three pricing plans. This would allow their customers to select the plan that best fit their needs. Their market research confirmed interest in the plan, so they implemented the new account types. [...]

By |July 28th, 2015|Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|