Caution: Don’t View Contact Center Performance Measures in Isolation

Consider a few examples that illustrate the interrelated nature of contact center performance measures: Cost per contact going down may actually be a bad sign. Viewed alone, a dropping cost per contact would seem like a positive indication. However, if errors and rework, or contacts not completely resolved in other channels are edging up, cost per contact will naturally decrease …

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Common Misconceptions of Customer Service Quality Standards

Sometimes within an organization, there’s resistance to quality standards. Why is that? They’re a good thing, right? Dig a little deeper, and we’ve found there are several common misconceptions that can hamper their development and use. This video from my recent Lynda.com course “Quality Standards in Customer Service” summarizes these misconceptions and suggests how you can ensure everyone is comfortable, …

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15 Ways to Strengthen Your Contact Center

For some contact centers, summer is a slower time of year with fewer customer contacts. If that is true for your center, you might take this time to think of ways to strengthen your center for busier days to come. Several months ago I wrote an article titled “15 Ways to Strengthen Your Contact Center” for ICMI. You might find …

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5 Secrets to Better Scheduling Results

The very forces that are making scheduling difficult — more complex products and services, additional contact channels, faster pace of change, and the need for diverse agent skills — are creating an environment in which accurate scheduling is absolutely essential. Fortunately, scheduling is a process that can be learned and continuously improved. You get better at it with practice! We’ve …

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Characteristics of an Effective Customer Service Strategy

Given fast-evolving customer expectations, every organization needs an effective customer service strategy to guide operations and decisions. Your service strategy is the bridge between the organization’s vision and mission—and the decisions and actions that happen every day. Discover four characteristics of an effective customer service strategy in this video from my new Lynda.com course “Customer Service Strategy.” Characteristics of an …

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