The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #2 – They Have a Supporting Culture

Characteristic #2: They Have a Supporting Culture  Culture — the inveterate principles or values of the organization — tends to guide behavior, and can either support and further or, as some have learned the hard way, ruin the best-laid plans for organizational change. While there is no guaranteed formula for creating a supporting culture, many seasoned managers agree that shaping …

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Cultivating Effective Communication, Part 1

Communication creates meaning and direction for people. When good communication is lacking, the symptoms are predictable: conflicting objectives, unclear values, misunderstandings, lack of coordination, confusion, low morale and people doing the bare minimum required. Although cultures and communication styles vary, there are predictable and notable commonalities among successful contact centers. Among the most important are: Commit to Keeping People in …

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The Best Managed Contact Centers: #10 – They Build an Effective Organization

Successful contact center leaders design an organizational structure that facilitates collaboration among and across job roles and business units. They tap into the principles of good organizational design and revisit their structure often. They continually work on identifying positions they need and defining the responsibilities that go along with each. They gauge whether agent-to-supervisor and supervisor-to- manager ratios are working …

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The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #3 – They Know that Their People Are the Key to Success

Cultures vary dramatically from one organization to the next. You’d likely notice some hairstyles that you don’t see every day at Virgin Mobile’s Customer Care center. Nintendo has a break room (yes, with video games) that puts most others to shame. Wells Fargo Banker Connection has a somewhat more formal, polished atmosphere — expected and fitting in the banking environment. …

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The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #2 – They Have a Supporting Culture

Characteristic #2: They Have a Supporting Culture  Culture — the inveterate principles or values of the organization — tends to guide behavior, and can either support and further or, as some have learned the hard way, ruin the best-laid plans for organizational change. While there is no guaranteed formula for creating a supporting culture, many seasoned managers agree that shaping …

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