Perspective on First-Contact Resolution

First-contact resolution (FCR) is a popular performance measure in customer contact centers. And that’s a good thing: Unresolved contacts are a common source of customer dissatisfaction, and the organization tends to incur many additional expenses (repeat contacts, rework, etc.) when issues are not fully resolved. However, despite clear benefits, FCR must be implemented carefully. Some important lessons have emerged: Learn …

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Educate and Engage: Strong Relationships Matter

Gina Szabo once relayed this story to me and gave permission for it to be published in Call Center Management on Fast Forward. Although certainly not a recommendation, it is a good reminder that communication is a key first step to contact center success. As a new call centre manager many years ago, I recall the “pain” of having to …

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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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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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