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A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Give Agents a Voice in Process Improvement

Despite the growing popularity of the collaborative corporate culture, the more traditional directive model is still common today. In a directive organization, leaders give...

10 Survival Tips for Call Center Agents in 2016

It’s no secret that the work of a call center agent requires saintly patience and nerves of steel, and as customer expectations go up,...

Transform Your CX from Good to Great by Treating Your Agents Right

Sitting on the front lines of the contact center, agents are the personification of your brand. They provide the human-to-human connection that makes lasting...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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Inside View: CARiD

When you think of brands that deliver service that “wows” customers, an automotive aftermarket parts and accessories business may not be the first thing...
First Engage Yourself Book Excerpt by Zane Safrit

A New Approach to Employee Engagement

Albert Einstein defined insanity as ”doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.“ Business books rarely start with quotes from Einstein or...
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...

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...
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...
Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

WITH DEBORAH GEFTEAS “Time flies when you’re having fun” is an idiom quite familiar to anyone that has been to a great party, family event,...
Listen for change

Manage Change by Listening

Have you ever heard the saying, “There’s a reason we have two ears and one mouth”? I work with many companies looking to decrease attrition,...
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...

Create an Environment that Fosters Agent Engagement

As with practically all improvement activities, an engaged staff starts with the right hires. Passion is a requirement, but it needs to be driven...
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...
Agent Engagement and the Customer Experience

Agent Engagement and the Customer Experience

What does it take to improve agent satisfaction and retention? Today, one of the key topics of discussion in most contact centers is the high...
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...