Unstructured Conversations In a Structured World

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
6/14/18 9:25 AM

Is your Quality Monitoring program the right fit for the Knowledge Workers in your contact center?  

With advances in technology, previously disparate teams of Knowledge Workers are now often working together as part of a contact center that was traditionally comprised of the Task Worker. 

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Fix the Biggest "Leaks" In Your Customer Experience

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
12/13/17 10:50 AM

Recently I ordered a product online. The experience was safe, easy, price competitive and the item was delivered right to my door step.  It occurred to me how many things had to go right to create this great customer experience.  Their website had to function well in various browsers. Their payment portal had to work properly. They needed to have my item in stock and be able to ship it by the promised date. Every step of the order and fulfillment process had to be perfect to produce a happy customer. Miss even one step and a customer would be disappointed.

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Do Your Best Agents Still Need Coaching?

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
9/28/17 8:49 AM

No matter what type of contact center, we all have agents with different levels of tenure, skill and motivation that inevitably leads to a bell curve of agent performance and effectiveness. We all desire our agents move to the upper end of the curve where that magic combination of high productivity and quality exists.

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You shouldn’t have said that!  You shouldn’t have done that!

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
8/14/17 9:13 AM

Have you ever had a coach or manager offer such helpful, or not so helpful, advice? Did it make you want to jump right in to the conversation and ask for guidance or did you, as most of us do, get defensive and try to explain your actions?

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Agent Improvement: Making Agent Training Stick

Posted by John Rake
7/14/15 4:26 PM

When contact center agents are hired, they typically go through fairly comprehensive training before ever interacting with a live customer. Thinking on the fly, solving problems on the spot and dealing with customers of varying temperaments is not an easy task, so managers need to be sure customer service representatives are fully prepared before they send them into action.

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Contact Center Agents Have Spoken: They Want Better Technology

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
6/5/15 12:04 PM

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Contact Center Agent Coaching: Are You Doing Your Part to Help Agents Improve Performance?

Posted by John Rake
6/2/15 7:30 AM

Companies expect a lot out of their contact center agents, and with good reason: Agents carry a lot of responsibility in terms of upholding the company reputation and providing a consistent, positive customer experience. Agents directly represent the company, so it’s worth spending some time ensuring they are properly and efficiently trained. If your agents are not well-trained, performance will inevitably decline, as will customer satisfaction and, eventually, business revenue.

Ensure your agents can perform to their utmost ability by implementing quality agent training software, such as Envision’s Click2Coach, which gives you the tools you need to facilitate excellent customer-to-agent interactions. Click2Coach is a no hassle way to use in-house data that’s gathered by the software to coach your agents and improve the vitality of your company.

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How to Increase Customer Retention (and Profits)

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
5/22/15 9:42 AM

The importance of maintaining a high customer retention rate—the rate at which a company turns one-time buyers into return customers—is evident, especially when it comes to the bottom line.

For example, aggregated research from Customers That Stick shows that:

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Contact Center Agent Coaching and Training Software Turns New Agents Into Experts

Posted by John Rake
5/4/15 8:30 AM

Any C-level executive who has been involved with onboarding new employees knows the process can be daunting. The practice of identifying prospects, interviewing candidates and then finally making a hiring decision is quite time-consuming and intense, because making the wrong choice can set your company back in both productivity and revenue.

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Is Workforce Attrition Eating Away at Your Profitability?

Posted by Rodney Kuhn
4/22/15 9:41 AM

Workforce attrition can have significant financial effects on a company. After all, when a business experiences a decline in its workforce and doesn’t replace lost staff, productivity can dramatically decrease, which can cause a company’s bottom line to suffer. In fact, aggregated research from Barracuda found that just five hours of unproductive work a week can cost a company $6,357 per employee per year.

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