It’s not just about catching people being naughty. It’s also not only about having proof that can be used in a legal capacity. It doesn’t have to be all about punishment. It may take a little more effort but quality monitoring can also be used for positive reinforcement.
For years, and I mean years, I have heard speakers at conferences and read books talking about shifting to a rewarding mentality in contact centers. Despite the prevalence of these resources, I still hear stories about punishing agents, training problems, and all of the negatives that are often involved in running a contact center. It [...]
If you’ve followed my posts tracking my experience with Delta airlines (latest post, My Multichannel Customer Experience Part 3), you’ll know that the airline didn’t do too well relative to delivering a great customer experience. However, I think I might have been critical of Delta for the wrong reason. What I’ve now learned is, they’re not bad, they’re just slow!
All my comments about Delta not responding to my tweets, online posts, and phone calls were a bit premature. This weekend, I got two calls from the Delta customer care people following up on my complaint. I then received a [...]
So here are the results of the last part of my experiment, which in case you missed the overview, is set up in my blog post from last week, My Multichannel Customer Experience Experiment. Essentially, my experiment was designed to see how Delta Airlines would respond to a service compliment and a service complaint delivered over several channels. Here are the results of my “complaint” interaction:
Phone: Let’s start with the phone, since it proved to be the most interesting. I called the phone number listed below the comment/complaint tag on the Delta website. The speech-driven interactive voice response (IVR) prompted [...]
I outlined my experiment design in my post last week, My Multichannel Customer Experience Experiment. Essentially, my experiment was designed to see how Delta Airlines would respond to a service compliment and a service complaint delivered over several channels. Here are the results of my “compliment” interaction:
Email: Not offered on the Delta.com website
Webchat: Not offered on the Delta.com website
Online web form: The form was easy to find and had four demographic/ID questions and nine “tell us about your experience questions.” I filled out the form, listed the gate-agent by name, wrote a brief compliment and explanation about my [...]
I’d like to let you in on my planned, non-scientific experiment (no animals or humans will be injured J). I hope you’ll enjoy watching this unfold.
In early January I had one of the most challenging travel weeks that I’ve had in a long time. Snow, ice, cold, all contributed to a series of missed flights, reroutes, and lost luggage. Now mind you, I travel enough each year to go around the world around seven times. I’m a million-miler and proudly carry my Diamond Medallion card like a badge of honor. So, I’m no travel wimp!
During my January travel [...]
“Why I’ll never buy another piece of business software again.” Those are pretty bold words coming from any seasoned, time-tested, I-grew-up-in-a-server-room CIO or line of business owner. However, I’d propose that with the benefits and maturity of the cloud improving with every tick of my virtual atomic clock, that those are words we’ll be hearing more and more.
The cloud just makes so much sense for so many reasons:
Important business applications have all moved to the cloud and some of the best new ones are only available in the cloud. Flexibility is a “trade-up” for reduced control. Come on [...]
Two of my passions outside of work are baseball and ministry. Nine years ago these two worlds collided as a youth baseball ministry formed to train young athletes to lead and play differently than the example set for them in the media. Serving at the annual leadership and skills training camp has been one of the greatest joys in my life. Camp is one week away and I can’t wait!
I was just reading Joe Staples’ call to empower agents to deliver a great customer experience and it really struck a chord. Common sense but so uncommon in practice.
An experience last week at an airport “golden arches” emphasized the need to give employees (in contact center speak, those are the agents) the power to deliver a great customer experience.
While I waited for my food, a woman came up to the young man working the register and complained that her order was wrong. She would explain the mix up and the worker would explain which sandwich comes with which combo. This went back and forth several times, with neither of the two of them budging on the point. As an observer, I could see the frustration in both [...]
Mathematical models are powerful tools that are used to make clear the repercussions of business decisions. In the contact center industry there are really three types of mathematical models that get wide use. As a call center analyst, you are probably familiar with all of these.
1. Predictive models – used to forecast volume, handle times, agent shrinkage, customer experience scores, etc.
2. Descriptive models – used to simulate a call center environment to determine the expected service provided given alternative staffing scenarios
3. Prescriptive models- used to determine the best capacity plans (hiring, overtime, training, etc.) or agent schedules.
We are always being told to give 110% or pushed to always strive for 100%. Sometimes that just isn’t possible. Take schedule adherence in the contact center, for example.
Schedule adherence = are my agents doing what they are scheduled to do?
Typically your contact center has a percentage goal that the employees strive to reach. If your center is anything like the one I used to work in, management may decide to be a little lenient at first and let something like 97% be the goal. You are able to marry-up the idea that you need agents to be there [...]