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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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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Strengthen Ties Across the Organization

Effective communication across an organization is essential to sharing and using voice of the customer. And there are plenty of additional reasons to strengthen ties. Opportunities for ongoing product and service improvements and innovations almost always involve other areas. Root-causes must often be addressed elsewhere; an issue that deteriorates high levels of customer satisfaction may involve processes far beyond the …

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Hiring for Service: It’s Time for a Rethink

In thinking about the challenging job frontline agents have these days, I was reminded of an issue of The Edge of Service™ Newsletter that I published a while ago: The Edge of Service™ Newsletter, Issue 14: Hiring for Service: It’s Time for a Rethink. If hiring is on your list of challenges these days, you might enjoy reading about what …

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Tools for Your Next Team Meeting

Looking to generate substantive conversation at your next team meeting? Try one of these worksheets on customer expectations, metrics and customer access strategy. It can be helpful to take a step back from the day-to-day, urgent issues to think about the bigger picture. Discussions on these bigger pictures can help keep everyone on the same page and generate ideas for …

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Cultivating a Customer-Focused Culture

The number one key to sustaining great service is culture. The culture of doing the daily hard work to focus on what’s best for customers. What do organizations with the most engaged employees and customer-focused cultures have in common? Here is a Lynda.com video from the course Customer Service Leadership that describes seven principles that I’ve seen stand out. Cultivating …

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Strategy Drives Structure

Many contact centers have been through consolidations or restructurings that are really just cleanup efforts for lack of having or using an effective customer access strategy. For example, I recall helping an insurance company with agent group “consolidation.” Their sales team would sell an account to a major client and, if pressed by the prospect, would agree to provide a …

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