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How to Coach the Coaches: What You Can Do to Improve Your Coaching Skills to Help Supervisors and Agents Boost Satisfaction in Your Contact Center

Ellen Christenberry October 22, 2020 When I worked my first customer-facing job, I was on the verge of quitting every other week. The pay and benefits were good, the hours were flexible, many of my co-workers were fun. So what was the big deal? My supervisor. While I liked my supervisor as a person, and … Continue reading How to Coach the Coaches: What You Can Do to Improve Your Coaching Skills to Help Supervisors and Agents Boost Satisfaction in Your Contact Center

Customer Service Week is October 5-9: Learn 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Virtual Agents When They Need it Most (Thanks, 2020)

Veronica Krieg September 28, 2020 2020 didn’t cancel National Customer Service Week. The festivities are set for October 5-9, and it’s up to you to celebrate your team, no matter where they’re working. I blinked in March and now somehow we’re finalizing our plans for Q4. This year, we’ve been robbed of ritual. We were … Continue reading Customer Service Week is October 5-9: Learn 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Virtual Agents When They Need it Most (Thanks, 2020)

Training Your Call Center Agents to Sound the Alarm on Harassment in Abusive Customer Interactions Instantly Can Fuel Your Agents’ Empowerment

Laura Krajewski July 17, 2020 When I was in college, I worked in a call center. And one call is engrained in my mind as a permanent reminder of how not to interact. The customer who called in was just so insulting and so…mean. See, I was the last person on the shift. We were … Continue reading Training Your Call Center Agents to Sound the Alarm on Harassment in Abusive Customer Interactions Instantly Can Fuel Your Agents’ Empowerment

The Key to Managing Conflict in the Workforce, No Matter Where your Agents are Working: Naming and Addressing Conflict on your Remote Contact Center Team

Laura Krajewski July 6, 2020 We’ve all been there. You get an email from someone you work with and something doesn’t sit right. Was that word choice just a coincidence? Or, are they annoyed with me? Those absent, non-verbal cues are hard to interpret. It’s often difficult to gauge how your relationship is going with … Continue reading The Key to Managing Conflict in the Workforce, No Matter Where your Agents are Working: Naming and Addressing Conflict on your Remote Contact Center Team

The Most Effective Tools for Hiring Contact Center Agents

Jeff Furst June 24, 2020 ContactBabel, a leading analyst firm covering the call center industry that is based in the UK, recently released their 2011 US Contact Center Decision Makers’ Guide (2011 Guide). FurstPerson provided sponsorship of the report. The report covers topics focused on people, process, and technology. The report is based on extensive … Continue reading The Most Effective Tools for Hiring Contact Center Agents

Tips on How You Can Bridge the Gap Between Remote and In-Office Contact Center Agents Faster With the Right Workforce Management Strategy

Laura Krajewski June 22, 2020 Last fall, Global Workplace Analytics told us that the number of people who work from home has increased by 140% since 2005. And as we live and work through a pandemic, that number has only grown. In the last few months, technology giants like Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter have … Continue reading Tips on How You Can Bridge the Gap Between Remote and In-Office Contact Center Agents Faster With the Right Workforce Management Strategy

The Strong Link Between Engagement, Retention, and Career Pathing: Examples of Employee Development Plans that Give your Contact Center Agents a Reason to Stay and Work Hard

Laura Krajewski — May 22, 2020 I have this friend — let’s call him Josh. He’d been at his job for a year, even though he didn’t love the work he was doing. The job offered Josh good pay, security and professional experience. But, ultimately, it wasn’t the kind of work he wanted to do … Continue reading The Strong Link Between Engagement, Retention, and Career Pathing: Examples of Employee Development Plans that Give your Contact Center Agents a Reason to Stay and Work Hard

3 Ways to Keep Customer Service Agents Working From Home Engaged

Paul Selby — April 3, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic continues its spread. Healthcare workers around the globe are taking heroic measures to treat those affected as scientists seek to contain it. Though life has radically changed in many ways, holding on to some sense of normalcy remains the goal, including continuing to work. Yet with … Continue reading 3 Ways to Keep Customer Service Agents Working From Home Engaged

How to Give Work from Home Call Center Agents the Support and Resources they Need to Keep Your Business Functioning at Its Best

Veronica Krieg — March 21, 2020 The world we live in is demanding a remote workforce. And past trends show, as employees get more flexibility, they never want to give it back. Buffer’s State of Remote Work in 2020 report found that almost every employee who works remotely, a whopping 98%, want to continue remote … Continue reading How to Give Work from Home Call Center Agents the Support and Resources they Need to Keep Your Business Functioning at Its Best

The Anatomy of a Successful Call Center: A How-To Guide for Managing a Call Center Team Full of Stellar Agents

Laura Krajewski — March 15, 2020 Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: You start your job as a new customer service agent at your company. You go through training, get coached to use the company software, and learn to de-escalate situations with angry customers. You learn the products, services, and you know how … Continue reading The Anatomy of a Successful Call Center: A How-To Guide for Managing a Call Center Team Full of Stellar Agents