Adjusting Headsets for the New Normal

Adjusting Headsets for the New Normal

Headsets have become the universal symbol for contact centers, and contact center agents, and for good reason. For it is through these essential appliances they connect with customers, supervisors, and colleagues. While text-based communications...
Locating Contact Centers in the New Normal

Locating Contact Centers in the New Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with tightening labor markets and rising customer expectations for higher quality service may be changing the face of contact centers. Gone may be the days where contact centers were almost...
Work from Home Survey Results

SPECIAL REPORT: Work from Home Survey Results

It’s such an interesting time for contact centers! The pandemic forced an immediate, full-on transition to work from home (WFH) for most around the globe, and for contact centers the net results proved to...
Filling The Performance Gaps

Inside View: Filling The Performance Gaps

Growing customer and senior management expectations. Shifting from in-store retail to online shopping. Working from home (WFH). The rise of digital channels. Video instead of in-person interactions. The Great Resignation. Looming labor shortages. All of...
Moving Forward: What Will 2022 Bring for Contact Centers?

Moving Forward: What Will 2022 Bring for Contact Centers?

The New Year always brings hope for new beginnings. And there were the signs of that in 2021. What with the rollout of vaccines to end the COVID-19 pandemic, and with it hopefully the...
2022 Challenges and Priorities Survey: A Triple Whammy of Challenges!

2022 Challenges and Priorities Survey: A Triple Whammy of Challenges!

Welcome to the seventh annual challenges and priorities survey results. Last year was “a year like no other;” we couldn’t envision the next 12 months. Well, this year brings fascinating developments as some of...
The New Resource for Contact Center Staffing

The New Resource for Contact Center Staffing

Contact center labor markets are tight. Employees are re-imagining and re-engineering their lifestyles, their perspectives, and their prospects for shaping their careers. It’s a pretty exciting time for them. In turn, many employers have...
Contact Center Pipeline Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Posts in April

Our top blog posts in April share a common theme with those from March. Our readers continue to focus on how to move forward in the new normal. Specifically this month, our authors talk...
Five Windows into the Future of the Contact Center

Five Windows into the Future of the Contact Center

The contact center industry has had to evolve with seismic shifts over the past year and a half. Businesses everywhere shifted en masse to work-from-home (WFH) environments: and digital acceleration went into overdrive to...
Contact Center Pipeline Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Posts in March

Hybrid, remote, or fully in-person? This month, our top blog posts are all about how to move forward in the new normal. Our authors offer insights on hiring and training remotely, the best ways...
The Future of Contact Centers?

The Future of Contact Centers?

Despite their increasingly important role in attracting and retaining customers and revenues, contact centers continue to face high agent turnover. Yet to keep delivering excellent customer service and support and making sales, centers must...
Employee Experience in the Contact Center

Employee Experience in the Contact Center

Contact centers have long emphasized a strategy that is customer first, and for good reason. Delivering an outstanding customer experience is essential to driving brand loyalty and equity. Often neglected however, was the agent....
Refining Remote Working

Refining Remote Working

Going remote was just the beginning. If 2020 was about transitioning and uncertainty, consider 2021 the year of acceptance and innovation as contact centers embrace the new reality. Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic...
The New Broom Sweeps Clean

The New Broom Sweeps Clean

The idiom The New Broom Sweeps Clean is great for the New Year since it essentially means to get rid of the old and bring in the new. It appears in John Heywood’s 1546...
Working on Workforce Issues

Working on Workforce Issues

It is a good news/troubling news story for contact centers. How they and their supplier partners plan and respond will help determine how well the industry succeeds in the post-COVID-19 pandemic “new normal” era. On...
Is the Picture Bright for Video?

Is the Picture Bright for Video?

Video has long had promise in the contact center by providing information-rich and personal face-to-face interactions between individuals. But it took the COVID-19 pandemic to bring video to the fore. As the pandemic hopefully...
Contact Center Pipeline Top 5 Blog Posts

Top 5 Posts in February

I just wrapped up my 13th anniversary message for the March issue of Contact Center Pipeline. In doing so, I was reflecting on our very first issues of the magazine back in 2008. Just...
Growing Customers During Disasters

Growing Customers During Disasters

GreenState Credit Union of North Liberty, Iowa, is a 290,000-member financial cooperative with assets of $7.8 billion. It prides itself on its excellent customer service that is delivered through its 23 branches and by...
Protecting The New (Home/Remote) Agents

Protecting the New (Home/Remote) Agents

Work from home (WFH) has finally become an accepted business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) strategy. And it appears that it is becoming a large and a permanent part of companies’ employment strategies. I am personally very...
Simplifying the Human Complexities

Simplifying the Human Complexities

Everyone likes simplicity, especially in the world of customer service. The best contact center agents will simplify difficult situations for callers, and smart contact center managers will simplify training and workforce development for their...
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