Tighten Up Your AHT Projections

Average handling time, like the volume of contacts, must be incorporated into planning by the half hour. Assuming the same average handling time all day for forecasting purposes will not reflect the environment accurately. Some relatively simple analysis can go a long way toward tightening up your projections. Here are a few important prerequisites for getting this part of your forecast …

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Hot Topic’s “Daily Huddle”

A few years back, fashion retailer Hot Topic won first place in an ICMI video contest for a creative portrayal of their “secret to service success,” a daily communications huddle. In it, they compare the daily meeting, which keeps employees up to date, to the ingredients of a gourmet meal: Main ingredient (lasagna noodles): Important information, such as current sales, …

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Traits of Engaged Employees

The National Business Research Institute (NRBI) identifies six traits engaged employees have in common, including: They believe in their organization. They have the desire to work to make things better. They understand the business context and big picture. They are respectful and helpful to colleagues. They are willing to go the extra mile. They stay up to date with developments …

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Recent Statistics on Employee Engagement

Here are some recent statistics that we gathered for the latest issue of The Edge of Service. Compared with disengaged employees, highly engaged employees are more than 4X as likely to recommend the company’s products and services and do something good for the company that is not expected of them, 2.5X as likely to stay at work late if something …

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10 Customer Expectations You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Erica Strother Marios with ICMI recently put together a slide show on ten key customer expectations (as described in Call Center Management on Fast Forward). Take a minute to go through the slides at your next team meeting and discuss what your customers expect and how well you are meeting those expectations.

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Four Keys to Retaining Millennial Customers

It was great to be included in an article Telus International put together on retaining millennial customers. The article focuses on the financial services industry, but the principles apply to many other industries. Lindsey Groepper of BlastMedia and John Rampton of Due were also interviewed for the article. You can read it here.

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