TOP 5 Contact Center Tips for 2016

Top 5 Quick Tips for 2016

Our Quick Tips posts are just that—brief posts providing advice or actionable items from industry experts. These are tried-and-true practices that have proven successful...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: End Team Huddles on a Positive Note

Taking the time to show frontline agents how much they’re valued is a critical role for the center management team—or should be. Jill Houghland,...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: One Word That Infuriates Customers (and You Use It Everyday)

Are your agents saying the right thing? If you are like most call center leaders, quality assurance requires a lot of your attention and...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Training Home-Based Agents

Training programs for home-based agents, especially new-hires, should include ongoing personal contact with a support team member—a supervisor, team leader or senior agent—who they...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Consider an Internal Advocacy Program

Employee advocacy can be very impactful if there is a really clear and articulated business case for the program, and if every element of...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: How to Get Support from Other Functions

Departmental silos will stop a customer service initiative dead in its tracks. Silos also throw wrenches into daily service delivery goals when the contact...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: How to Prevent Hiring Failures

I often ask leaders of award-winning contact centers what they think is the key strength of their operation. They almost always point to their...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Promote Agents with the Right Qualities

While many top-performing contact center agents desire opportunities for growth and development, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re cut out to be supervisors or...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Indicators Influencing FCR Performance

Even the most effective measures will not impact the company’s ability to deliver an exceptional experience if the feedback cannot be translated into improvements...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Evolving Beyond Automated Alerts

Mention the word texting in a B-to-C context, and most people think of automated alerts. Some text alerts allow for a basic level of...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Give Agents a Voice in Customer Initiatives

Successfully transforming into a customer-centric culture requires agent buy-in. Anna Convery, CMO & EVP Strategy at OpenSpan recommends getting agents more engaged in customer...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Show Appreciation for Agents Working Holidays

Working on a major holiday is tough for anyone. Your agents’ bodies may be in the contact center, but their thoughts and hearts will...