Agent Performance Standards: Keep It Simple

In recent years, I have seen a trend to streamline and simplify agent performance standards. In many cases, they had become too complex — weighted averages, percent time in this and that mode, formulas that would take a mathematician to figure out. Yes, if I’m one of your agents, give me some objectives on being in the right place at the …

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10 Causes of Inaccurate Forecasts (and How to Avoid Them)

Accurate workload forecasting is critical to contact center success. Recruiting, hiring, staffing and scheduling—virtually everything that goes into optimizing resources depends on having a good estimate of the work that will come your way. Recently, I was reminded of an article I wrote that was published on icmi.com “10 Causes of Inaccurate Forecasts (and How to Avoid Them)”. If it’s …

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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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The Importance of Customer Advocacy

Customer advocacy refers to both how a company advocates for customers (doing what’s best for customers) and how customers advocate for companies (spreading the word about its products, services and brand). Both are vital to success today. Here’s a video from my just released Lynda.com course to explain why. The entire course is titled Customer Advocacy and is available at …

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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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