September 2018 IssueWorkforce Management

The blueprint for accelerated supervisor success

By Jim Rembach Sink or swim! That’s been the most common experience for contact centre supervisors when it comes to their skill development. 59% of frontline supervisors come from the agent ranks according to an International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) report, Agent Apathy: The Root Cause of Poor Customer Service1. …

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September 2018 IssueWorkforce Management

How to optimize agent hiring and retention

By Jeff Furst Contact centre hiring managers are facing stiff challenges in ensuring their centres are fully staffed. Low unemployment, competition with other industries that are expanding and pay rate pressures are making it difficult for them to meet fill rate targets. Not surprisingly contact centre agent turnover continues to …

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September 2018 IssueWorkforce Management

Eight steps to improve agent performance

By Scott Kendrick Contact centre performance is only as good as the average of its agents. Delighting customers and creating efficient experiences to increase positive outcomes can only be accomplished with a strong staff that is well trained and invested in their roles. Therefore, contact centres must engage in continual …

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September 2018 IssueWorkforce Management

Keeping contact centre employees engaged

Flexibility, empowerment are keys to success By Kelly Koelliker With the growth of consumer preference for self-service transactions—and the technology that enables them—many service issues don’t reach the contact centre at all. While this is a great development for the customer experience (CX) and efficiency the issues that do reach …

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September 2018 IssueWorkforce Management

Ending the contact centre “tug of war”

By Karim Chabane As more organizations adopt a customer-first approach to doing business, the role of contact centre agents, who are on the front lines of customer and organizational profitability, is changing along with their expectations. The newest entrants into the workforce may want it all, i.e. independence in a …

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Customer CentricityCustomer Relationship ManagementEngagement & AnalyticsLoyaltyMarketing AutomationWorkforce Management

Proprietary platform delivers customer journey engagement

TORONTO–CentricIQ, a leading marketing intelligence and performance agency, today launched CentricIQ LINK, a people-based marketing platform designed to help their clients GET PERSONAL. CentricIQ LINK delivers people-based marketing to help drive customer acquisition and brand loyalty. It brings together data and intelligence to create unique customer journeys across all offline and …

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Engagement & AnalyticsWorkforce Management

Contact centres as WFM data hubs

How insights gleaned in the contact centre can impact the entire organization Contact centres connect companies with clients, but buried beneath phone calls and email messages is a massive collection of data. This data is extracted through interactions with both customers and prospective clients. Not only is this data helpful …

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Targeting and AcquisitionWorkforce Management

Twelve million solutions to building a sales-driven culture. One real story.

Twelve million, one-hundred thousand results, to be exact. That’s how many direct hits on sales culture best practices come up on Google in less than one second. It seems there are loads of solutions to the age-old problem of how to get sales people to sell more. Like the latest …

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