Prioritizing Service Improvements

As a leader, you face many choices when deciding where and how to improve service. And the possibilities multiply when analyzing customer data from sources that range from social posts to surveys to operational metrics. So, which issues do you tackle first? To learn about eight possible factors to consider when prioritizing customer initiatives, take a few minutes to view …

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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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Bring Quality Standards to Life with Calibration and Coaching

Quality standards come to life when they guide behavior and enable us to deliver consistent high-quality service. Calibration is an important tool for ensuring consistency in interpreting performance. It also makes coaching far easier. It allows the coaching process to focus on achievements and improvement, rather than concerns around whether scores are accurate or fair. Coaching’s not a prescription for …

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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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Accessibility and Quality Work Together

Have you ever heard that you have to sacrifice quality to improve customer accessibility to services? Or the other way around? That’s one of the most common myths in customer service. Accessibility and quality are closely related and complementary. Learn more about each aspect of customer service and how they support one another in this video from my Lynda.com course …

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Ensuring Quality Standards Count

How many quality standards should you have? If some are good, are more better? How do you ensure that your quality standards really count? Are there alternatives to quality standards in guiding behavior? These questions and more are explored in the video Ensuring Quality Standards Count from my Lynda.com course Quality Standards in Customer Service. If you enjoy this video, …

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Empowering Employees to Be Customer Advocates

Lynda.com has given me the opportunity to record a few courses for their library. It’s been a great experience. One of the most recent courses is on Customer Advocacy – what it is, how it’s done and how to maximize its benefits. If you are interested in how to empower employees to be customer advocates and how to encourage customers …

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5 Secrets to Quality Service

Recently, I recorded the Lynda.com course “Quality Standards in Customer Service.” Here is an excerpt from that course on five secrets to quality service. If you enjoy this video, check out the entire course at the Lynda.com Library. >Quality Standards in Customer Service by Brad Cleveland

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Don’t Forget the Oboes

A popular trend in process improvement is the effort to correlate specific contact center activities to overall customer satisfaction. For example, some consulting organizations have been convincing clients to lower service level objectives because their scatter diagrams demonstrate minimal correlation between overall service level and customer satisfaction results. The effort to understand how specific activities and measures influence overall results …

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