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Home-Agent Programs: 4 Common Mistakes

While the advantages of home-agent programs are undeniable, if your model is not well-defined, you’ll likely find yourself running into a few stumbling blocks...
Contact Center Pipeline Feb 2015 Issue

Cut New-Hire Turnover with a Realistic Job Preview

In their eagerness to attract the best talent, companies often oversell the frontline contact center agent’s job during the recruiting process, which only increases...
Plan for Technology Change in the Call Center

Plan For Change

We love to conduct technology strategy projects and have shared how important we think those are for contact centers. We emphasize alignment of technology...
Management Training: Keeping Pace with Change

Management Training: Keeping Pace with Change

New technology, emerging channels, social media and rising customer expectations are all transforming the customer care environment. In our recent Contact Center Training poll,...
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Empowered Agents: A Key to Customer Satisfaction

According to a study from Customer Experience Management, 71% of agents do not have the authority to satisfy a customer. OUCH! With high attrition...
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WFM Excel Trick for Counting Days

I am a workforce manager, which means I need to count days for many reasons: payroll days for my staffing models; working days, so...
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Inside View: Award-Winning Managers

What defines best-in-class performance? ICMI recently announced the finalists for its Global Contact Center Awards Program. The winners in each of the 12 categories...
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Who Really Cares About Service Metrics Anyway?

I want to talk a little about why service metrics (e.g., Service Level, ASA, Abandon Rate or Max Delay) are so important and why...
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The Top 5 Posts in April

In early April, interest in agent development rose to the top of the charts on the Pipeline blog—from insights about ensuring that the right...
Call Center Training ROI

Call Center Training ROI

Which types of contact center training produce the best ROI? In our recent Contact Center Training Special Issue, we asked experts from the leading...
Measuring FCR

Measuring FCR: Timing Affects Feedback Validity

Post-transaction surveys provide a customer-centric view of when first-contact resolution (FCR) has been achieved. But even with customer surveys, the most common methods often...
Basic Training for New Team Leaders

Basic Training for New Team Leaders

“Congratulations! You have been promoted to acting supervisor.” It was 1993 when my manager pulled me aside and gave me the good news. I...