I think Greek philosopher Plato said it correctly: Necessity is the mother of invention. Just a few months ago, many contact centers had not fully embraced work-from-home, work-from-anywhere policies. So many questions: Do we hire directly for these programs; how often do they need to report in-person to the office; who gets the privilege to work from home; do they work six months in the office initially… and then came COVID. “Necessity” became the driving force to make this work.
In a recent 2020 post-pandemic survey conducted by Customer Contact Strategies, Michele Rowan found that senior leaders are reporting better attendance, higher productivity and more positive attitudes, with a downward trend reported in uptime/network connectivity. For me, a significant finding was that 72% of companies said the majority of their workforces would remain at home full time, with some rotation on an as-preferred, as-needed basis. Wow… Now that is the Mother of Invention!!
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Contact Center Pipeline September 2020
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Reducing Customer Service Friction
By Susan Hash
Relieve COVID-related pain points for customers and employees.
Buyer’s Guide to Contact Center Technology: Scope and Sourcing
By Lori Bocklund
Five key decisions will put you on the right path.
Eight “Sizzling” Summer Leadership Tips
By Kathleen M. Peterson
Focus on what you can control: End-of-summer back-burner activities for leading in these unique times.
THE VIEW FROM THE SADDLE
I’ve Looked at Clouds from Both Sides Now
By Paul Stockford
There are no more cloud illusions. COVID-19 has proven the value of the cloud in the customer experience equation.
Contact Center Recruiting: Tap into the Older Workforce
By Dick Bucci
Seniors offer a knowledgeable, empathetic and reliable talent pool for contact centers.
Seven Ideas to Deliver a Great Customer Experience During a Recession
By Mike Aoki
Focus on customer loyalty and retention to survive—and thrive—during an economic downturn.
The New World for Contact Centers May Be Where We Were Already Headed
By Tom Goodmanson
Many of the shifts made to adjust to our new normal are changes that have long been discussed as necessary.
In Unusual Times, Replace the Usual Customer Service Phrases
By Leslie O’Flahavan
Standard phrases that agents use can make customers less patient and more emotional right now. Coach your agents to avoid these six phrases.
Don’t Start with Training as the Answer
By Rebecca Gibson
Formal training is not the panacea for all performance problems. Know when an alternative approach will yield better results.
Thinking Differently About Digital in Your Contact Center
By Chris Bauserman
Digital channels are customer-centric, integrating the preferences of your core audience as they evolve in real-time.
Avoiding Work-at-Home Virtual Shock
By Vicki Brackett
Don’t apply a brick-and-mortar structure to a virtual work-at-home framework. How to reengineer leadership skills for a new contact center environment.
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Rebooting Your Workforce Management Strategy
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The world of workforce management is changing at breakneck speed. Work-from-home models present entirely new challenges and opportunity for workforce managers.
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