President & Principal Analyst, McGee-Smith Analytics
It’s amazing how many jobs I had as a student that prepared me for life as a contact center analyst. One was international operator for AT&T. There was a lot of manual dialing, typically punching in up to 15 or 20 digits. It could be quite frustrating trying to find information for a customer, which often involved flipping through pages of manuals and little handwritten notes.
More companies are beginning to adopt remote work programs and offering their employees the option to work from home on a part-time or full-time basis. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 50% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework. Not many people would argue against the logistical benefits of working from home – for example, cutting out commute time and costs.
As many of you will be traveling this holiday season, I’m sure you can relate to this. I’ve traveled internationally plenty of times, been in many airports, but this time, recently traversing the Toronto airport, it was different. As I was leaving GTACC, Canada’s premier event for the contact center industry, I was blown-away by my horrific experience in this airport. I find it ironic that I just came from GTACC speaking about how customer experience is so critical to business, and then end up with the exact opposite. So here’s what happened…
This post was originally published on the Adrian Swinscoe blog here.
By Liz Osborn, VP, Product and Solution Marketing
We’ve all heard those awful customer service stories, where contact center agents fly off the handle and manage a situation poorly. The end result is often catastrophic and has lasting effects, thanks to the prevalence of social media where everyone has a public megaphone to broadcast bad experiences. So it is no surprise that a recent ICMI survey found that contact center agents have the greatest potential to affect the customer experience. Continue reading →
Losing customers to the competition should be your greatest fear. The cost of attracting new customers is significantly greater than retaining your existing ones. In addition, depending on your business, word of mouth referrals will often account for a large percentage of new business growth. All the more reason to keep customers satisfied, loyal to your company, and advocates for your brand. Most contact center leaders have caught on Continue reading →
Contact center agents are the frontline of your company, and they have the greatest potential to affect the customer experience. In order to best make decisions about the frontline, it’s important to understand the DNA of the work they do, how they are compensated, motivated, stressed, and affected by decisions.
ICMI and Five9 recently published a study that indicated that most agents may not be that much different from a historical version of you. Continue reading →