Establishing a Key Performance Indicator

Many successful leaders establish an overall measure of customer satisfaction to gauge progress. I concur that’s a wise move, but it’s important to do so with some cautions in mind. A recent Lynda.com course that I recorded addresses this topic and others associated with Customer Service Leadership. You might enjoy learning more about the best measure of overall customer satisfaction …

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Managing a Contact Center in Real-Time

Real-time management compliments contact center planning. In any center that handles contacts initiated by customers, our forecasts and plans can be off the mark. We need to be able to respond. Learn about three steps to developing an effective real-time management approach in this video from my Lynda.com course Managing a Customer Contact Center. Realtime management from Managing a Customer …

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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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Does Your Executive Team Understand Staffing Tradeoffs?

Are you working through difficult discussions related to resources and budget? Just remember, 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 decisions have a basic understanding of staff tradeoffs in a contact center (read: real time) environment. The following table is an example of how …

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The Measures Every Contact Center Should Have

Establishing the right measures and objectives is one of the most important responsibilities in leading and managing a contact center successfully. But there’s a significant inherent challenge, which has only become more difficult with the introduction of new channels and social contacts – we produce mounds of data! And even so, many organizations are operating without information that is essential …

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10 Things Senior Leaders Should Know About Contact Centers

A prerequisite to getting good support from senior management is that they have at least a basic understanding of what contact centers do. To fulfill their potential, customer contact centers need commitment and involvement from the top. And a prerequisite to getting necessary support is that senior level managers understand the unique contact center environment – what they do and …

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Managing a Contact Center: The Immutable Laws

For contact centers to deliver great service they need to get the right resources in the right places at the right times. This is no easy task. I recently created a course for Lynda.com on Managing a Customer Contact Center. In this succinct course, you’ll learn what makes contact centers so complex, how to implement a solid planning framework, and …

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Adherence to Schedule Tips

Adherence to schedule is an important performance objective for agents. It is within their control (when implemented appropriately) and measures if agents are available to handle contacts as scheduled. However, to ensure your approach is supporting the culture you want to establish, consider these suggestions for getting the best results: 1. Educate each person on how much impact he or …

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