Improvements Must Be Ongoing

Making continuous innovations and improvements that lead to services that are faster, better and more cost-effective is an ongoing process that must be an inherent part of the organization’s culture and outlook. There is something powerful about consistently focusing on the things that matter most. In that spirit, the following points of advice were inspired by the well-known work of …

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Cultivating Effective Communication, Part 2

This discussion of communication continues with four more principles common to successful contact centers. You can read the first part of this discussion here. Develop Formal and Informal Channels of Communication. Effective leaders cultivate both formal and informal channels of communication. But the mission and values being communicated remain consistent. The communication formats can include newsletters, meetings, visual displays, email, …

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Cultivating Effective Communication, Part 1

Communication creates meaning and direction for people. When good communication is lacking, the symptoms are predictable: conflicting objectives, unclear values, misunderstandings, lack of coordination, confusion, low morale and people doing the bare minimum required. Although cultures and communication styles vary, there are predictable and notable commonalities among successful contact centers. Among the most important are: Commit to Keeping People in …

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You’re Lookin’ (Too?) Good…

Reporting the contact center in the best possible light can undermine success. There are a lot of ways to produce reports so that the center looks as productive as possible to senior management. However, if you mask serious resource deficiencies or process problems, the center is less likely to get the resources and support it needs. That, in turn, will …

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How Do You Define Great Customer Service?

Erica Strother Marois recently put together a video for ICMI following ICMI’s Contact Center Expo and Conference. In the video, some of the conference speakers answer the question “How do you define great customer service?” The answers provide some food for thought as you consider how great customer service is defined in your organization.  

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Service Level: Realistic Targets, Taken Seriously

If your operation is chronically missing your service level target, it may be an indication of a fundamental misconception about the importance of service level. You’ll need to focus on a service level objective that your center can realistically achieve. Once you know your center’s true capabilities, you must be able to back up your objectives with the right amount …

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