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Contact Center Trends - Employee Engagement

Hot Trends Impacting Contact Centers: Employee Engagement

You would expect to see a feature article about trends at the beginning of the year. We did that. But things shift quickly in...
First Engage Yourself Book Excerpt by Zane Safrit

Why Is Engagement Important?

A few thousand years ago, Aristotle articulated a simple truth when he wrote: Well begun is half-done. The first step, the step most often...
5 Ways to Win with Gen Z Workers

5 Ways to Win with Gen Z Workers

Gen Z is known as the fastest-growing workforce in America right now. And although many employers might feel daunted by the influx of new...
Contact Center Agent Skills and Roles Evolving

Contact Center Skills & Roles Evolving

Contact centers are in the midst of significant strategic and technological changes that will have a lasting impact on the workforce. The explosion of...
Leading Millennial Contact Center Agents

Making the Millennial Connection: Leading Your Agents

I think it’s safe to say that millennials are a force to be reckoned with. Often referred to as “Generation Disruption,” their influence on...
First Engage Yourself Book Excerpt by Zane Safrit

What’s the End You Have in Mind?

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey articulates this habit so clearly when he asks the reader to picture ... their...
Does Your Credit Union Need a Merger to Deliver Omnichannel Service?

Does Your Credit Union Need a Merger to Deliver Omnichannel Service?

Capitalism loves consolidation, and credit unions are no exception. Callahan & Associates’ creditunion.com reports there were 1,121 credit union mergers in the past five...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Act on Employee Feedback

Berlin Packaging has a long history of business success, which its leaders attribute largely to its focus on employee engagement and a culture of...
Millennial Contact Center Company Culture

Making the Millennial Connection: Culture

If there is one thing that Alorica’s VP of Talent Acquisition Teri Morse believes is the “secret sauce” for attracting and retaining millennial employees,...
Author Q and A

Author Q&A: First, Engage Yourself

We all know that creating positive customer experiences requires highly engaged employees. The link between employee engagement and overall organizational success has been proven...
Leveraging the Voice of the Employee to Improve Engagement

Leveraging the Voice of the Employee to Improve Engagement

Enough with the big survey event! If you’re looking to improve employee engagement (and who isn’t, these days?), a simple annual questionnaire doesn’t cut...
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...
The Value of Communities

The Value of Communities

I always find it interesting to talk with leaders of customer-centric companies about the strategies and practices that contribute to their success. Lately, I’ve...
Five Tips to Improve Employee Engagement During New-Hire Training in the Call Center

5 More Tips to Boost Engagement During New-Hire Training

In my last post, I offered five tips to reduce your new-hires’ training jitters, while increasing their knowledge retention and engagement. The following are...

Answering the Personnel Call: Four Ways Contact Centers Can Enhance Agent Recruitment and Retention

While the competition for top talent intensifies across the business landscape, contact centers often feel the impact more than most. Top-performing contact centers require...
Employee Advocacy is Rooted in Call Center Culture

Elements of an Employee Advocacy Program

If you are considering rolling out an employee advocacy program, there are a few critical core elements that need to be in place to...
Practice Forgiveness

Practice Forgiveness

Have you heard of The Golden Rule? It’s common English phrasing is: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule,...
Changing Employee Engagement in the Contact Center

The Changing Landscape of Employee Engagement

Millennials and Gen Z employees are growing in influence of work organizations and cultures, especially call centers and customer service. According to a 2016...
First Engage Yourself Book Excerpt by Zane Safrit

9 Things My Latest Book on Employee Engagement Lacks

To keep my latest book—First, Engage Yourself—short enough to read over, say, a long lunch, I omitted nine things. 1. Buzzwords and Wonky Terms...
Contact Center Pipeline Magazine, January 2020

Improving the Agent Experience

Customer-centric brands have put considerable time and resources into honing their ability to track, understand, manage and differentiate the customer’s experience. Now business leaders...