Best Contact Center Software for Remote Workers

Best Contact Center Software for Remote Workers

Working with virtual teams of agents in your contact center can sometimes mean you feel disconnected from them — or even worried that you aren’t able to properly manage their performance.  Those concerns might be why almost half of the contact center leaders in our 2022 remote work research study told us that they’re bringing…

Can Your WFM Solution Accurately Forecast In A Modern Digital Contact Center?

Can Your WFM Solution Accurately Forecast In A Modern Digital Contact Center?

Let’s face it, the call center of yesteryear is not wholly relevant when looking at customer service operations today.  Even the terms “call center” and “contact center” are called into question, given the images they evoke of rows of agents in cubicles lined up to fill a room. For convenience, I’ll use the term “contact…

How to Control Call Avoidance and Interaction Avoidance

How to Control Call Avoidance and Interaction Avoidance

During my career in workforce management, call avoidance was always an issue — regardless of the location of the business, the nature of the business, or the location of the agent.  Call avoidance, now known as interaction avoidance, denotes the steps an agent takes to avoid handling a customer interaction.  It can take time and…

Responding with Empathy: 20 Ways to Show Stressed Out Customers You Care

Responding with Empathy: 20 Ways to Show Stressed Out Customers You Care

These are difficult times, and our anxious customers need us more than ever. Some of them  need help with a simple task, like “How do I add a new driver to my auto insurance policy?” Others need help solving a problem: “Why was I charged twice for inflight WiFi?”  All of our customers need our…

Capacity Planning Needs An Overhaul: 5 Tips For A Turnaround

Capacity Planning Needs An Overhaul: 5 Tips For A Turnaround

Long-term capacity planning needs a serious overhaul, and the best strategy for a turnaround is a radical one. If your full-time employee count (FTE) is consistently under or over your annual capacity plan, you need Radically Operationalized Capacity Planning. While this approach may require entirely new thinking for some contact centers, its potential benefits are…

Why Your Contact Center Needs A Call Avoidance Policy

Why Your Contact Center Needs A Call Avoidance Policy

Call avoidance is a common issue in contact centers and must be dealt with to ensure a positive experience for your customers. But agents can quickly become frustrated and overwhelmed when dealing with irate customers and high contact volumes, leading them to avoid interactions. While the issue is not unusual, it’s easier to manage if…

WFM ROI: Why You Need Workforce Management Software Now

WFM ROI: Why You Need Workforce Management Software Now

“Time is money” is a phrase attributed to Benjamin Franklin, first appearing in The American Instructor, a book published in 1748. For contact center managers, this phrase rings in their heads each time they create a forecast, build a schedule, or track schedule adherence.  Working efficiently becomes even more important when costs are rising, agents…

Do More With Zendesk By Supercharging Your Tagging

Do More With Zendesk By Supercharging Your Tagging

Zendesk is an extremely powerful platform, but sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what people are talking about in your tickets, especially if you have hundreds of them — or even hundreds of thousands. Tagging lets you make sense of all that incoming information and take action for your customers. Whether you go…

Why Your Contact Center Needs A Remote Work Policy

Why Your Contact Center Needs A Remote Work Policy

If your contact center is like most, you probably have a robust set of guidelines that document your procedures, detail your standards, and outline how employees should handle various situations.  But one thing many contact centers are missing is a remote work company policy. In our 2022 remote work study, we found that nearly all…