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Video Interview with Mark Kantor, Operations Support Team Lead at Lego

Executive Talk: Mark Kantor, Lego

In this Executive Talk video, I had an opportunity to talk with Mark Kantor, Lego Operations Support Team Lead. Mark has 20-plus years of...

Celebrate National Customer Service Week

Show your staff appreciation for the important work that they do! Customer service professionals work diligently all year to protect and enhance your brand....
The Ugly Truth About Call Center Agent Occupancy

The Ugly Truth About Agent Occupancy (Or Why 85% May Be Too Low)

All my talk about Occupancy makes me realize two things: First, many people may not know what exactly it is. Second, they may not...
Contact Center Self Service as a Customer Satisfying Experience

Self-Service as a Customer-Satisfying Experience

Contact centers exist to support customers who need to access information or complete transactions. Companies can reduce costs by addressing those needs, partially if...
Video interview with Stacey Swim, Contact Center Manager for Unum Insurance

Executive Talk: Stacey Swim, Unum Insurance

Unum Contact Center Manager Stacey Swim has 29 years of customer service experience, spanning the Insurance and Financial Services Industries. She has spent most...
Underutilized Metrics

Managing Seasonal Call Volume

It’s every contact center’s mission: Making sure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time. Things get a little...
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Inside View: UPMC Health Plan

Guests of high-end hotels have come to expect over-the-top service from concierge staff. These well-trained individuals tap into their extensive knowledge of local services...
increase call center new hire retention with realistic job preview

Boost New-hire Retention with a Realistic Job Preview

In their eagerness to attract the best talent, companies often oversell the job during the recruiting process, which only increases early defections. Providing a...
Omnichannel: Tracking the Customer Experience

Staffing an Omnichannel Operation

Our omnichannel series continues with a look at the impact on the contact center agent’s job and skill sets. So far, this series has offered...
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Top 5 Posts in August

Our five top posts in August covered a range of topics—from tips to improve agent engagement during new-hire training to the impact that video...
Video Chat for Customer Service in the Contact Center

More Video Chat Considerations

Turning on the camera in the contact center creates a substantial number of questions for management to consider. Yesterday’s post looked at some of...
Video Chat for Customer Service in the Contact Center

Video in the Contact Center

I am not one that jumps on the bandwagon every time something new comes down the pike. Given that, my take on video chat—that...
A key consideration for your social customer service team

Social Customer Service: When to Respond, When to Escalate

A key consideration for your social customer service team is determining whether they will respond only to certain types of posts or comments—or everything....
Training Aligned

Don’t Shortchange Technology Implementation

Too often, the pursuit of technology is driven by speed and constrained by resources. Experience shows this to be a bad combination. Getting implementation right...
First Steps on the Contact Center Omnichannel Journey

Omnichannel: Reevaluating the QA Process

Our omnichannel series has offered key insights from industry experts on the top challenges that contact centers face when transitioning their strategy from multichannel...
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...
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...
How Strong is Your Call Center Foundation

How Strong Is Your Foundation?

I am a huge proponent of teaching all of our frontline leaders about contact center management foundations—those principles that factually define our organizations. These...
Five Tips to Improve Employee Engagement During New-Hire Training in the Call Center

5 Tips to Improve Engagement During New-Hire Training

I remember my first day as an agent at a major phone company. It was at the start of my working life. I was...
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...
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