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 time. How many times have you revamped your program in...
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 for the provider, and which can be implemented across a...
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 be with family and friends. Show your agents how much...
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 center is unaware of projects and activities in other areas...
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 people. Many also stress that the “secret sauce” is hiring...
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, senior operations manager at InterCall, and a finalist for ICMI’s...
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 two-way interaction (e.g., an appointment reminder alert that asks the...
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 program is anchored in the business case, says Christopher...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Try a Phased Approach to Tech Implementation

What is a common issue that prevents organizations from realizing the full value of their contact center technology investment? Usually, when a new contact center solution is deployed, all of the tools are made...
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 can turn to for a quick response to questions and...
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 shared commitment to “Being Greater, Faster.” It’s a culture that...
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 their subordinates specific orders on what to do and how...
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 coaches. Even so, in many centers promotions are still based...
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 initiatives upfront by making sure that they have a voice...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Engage Supervisors with Targeted QM Goals

In centers that suffer from high absenteeism, you'll typically find disengaged supervisors. Like agents, supervisors who are performing the same coaching tasks day in and day out can get into a rut. Disengaged supervisors...
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 at the point of contact. Leading-edge organizations regularly analyze behavioral...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Recognition for Schedule Performance

Programs that offer honor and prestige for top performance not only inspire employees to reach for higher goals, they help to create a positive workplace environment that attracts quality candidates. At SWBC, a diversified...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: Why Do Agents Join?

New-hire surveys can help to identify the breakdowns in trust that can occur early on when new agents decide that the job is not what they expected—a common cause of new-hire turnover in contact...
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