Matching Staff to Workload

Contact centers must handle most customer-related work as it happens, so resource mismatches quickly result in big problems. It’s essential that those making staffing decisions have a basic understanding of how base staff is calculated in order to match the time-sensitive workload of customer contacts. This 6 minute video from one of my Lynda.com videos courses explains how staffing is calculated and its impact …

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Traits of the Best Leaders

Often I am asked what I look for in leadership. The question is usually something like, “You go into a lot of different organizations and see many different styles; what are your thoughts on what makes an effective leader?” It is a great question and a few things come to mind. One is, and I’d put this at the top …

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Defining Quality in Customer Service

What does quality mean in customer service? What are standards and where do they come from? Take 5 minutes to explore these questions and learn how you can define quality standards in one of my Lynda.com videos. The entire course is titled Quality Standards in Customer Service and is available at LinkedIn Learning.

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Staffing for Weekends

Here’s an idea: If you’re a consumer-facing service operation and want to stand out from the crowd, be there for your customers on weekends. That’s when many are checking accounts, kicking around options for the renovation, paying utility bills, and booking that trip to see Aunt Mae. I’ve had a number of clients see workloads increase on weekends in recent …

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Expert Insight from ICMI Thought Leaders

ICMI recently put together the e-book Expert Insights on 8 of your Biggest Contact Center Challenges, featuring the ICMI Top 50 Thought Leaders. You’ll find thoughtful guidance on topics ranging from employee engagement to VOC data to defining quality. It’s definitely worth the read. Enjoy!

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Videos to Spark Discussion

Are you looking for a way to incorporate long-term improvement into your team meetings? Take a few minutes during your next team meeting to watch a brief video on customer service and then discuss it as a group. Too often team meetings focus on urgent problems at the expense of future growth and development. It just takes a few minutes, …

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