Lean Six Sigma Tenets for the Contact Center

The wonderful thing about Contact Centers is that we get to measure everything that is important to our customers and team members.  Such metrics as calls received, cost per inbound contact, and customer survey feedback are critical to analyzing and maintaining a well-functioning Contact Center.

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How to Make Performance Metrics Truly Matter

As contact center leaders, we are always in search of the best way to effectively manage our operations, which can simply translate to how well are we managing costs. But our job is far more than just "managing costs". It is also our job to communicate how our teams impact the rest of the business and the bottom line. It is our job to fight for what is right for our team members, and to manage costs appropriately. 

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Your Team Meetings Suck (But They Don't Have To)

Contact centers of all shapes and sizes often have lots of similarities. One thing I have found to be true across most companies is this shocker: contact center team meetings suck! And another thing that is generally true is that your team members may not tell you they suck. Why? Because they crave the time off the phones!

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Three Recruiting and Hiring Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New Year! The new year often brings new candidates to the job market, so if you're taking advantage of that like I am, here are three tips to improve your contact center’s recruiting and hiring efforts. If you’re not doing them now, feel free to consider them New Year’s Resolutions.

This post originally appeared on ICMI.com.

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The Effortless Experience - A Must Read for Contact Center Managers

A fellow NorCal Contact Center Association steering committee member recently recommended the book "The Effortless Experience" by Matthew Dixon, Nick Toman and Rick DeLisi.  I loved it. If you work in a call center, or provide service to customers, this is a must read.

The book comes from the Harvard Business Review article, "Stop Trying to Delight Your Customers"

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Your Customers Are Already Texting You

Today was day two of PesTech3.0, a three-day conference dedicated to connecting industry leaders to discuss technology trends in pest control. So far, we've heard from some great speakers on disruptive technology, how the "internet of things" impacts our industry, mobile marketing and using mobile technologies throughout sales and servicing. We've also learned about interesting and innovative ways that pest control operators can start to deploy wearable tech.

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It's So Hard To Say Goodbye (But It Shouldn't Be)

We all need compelling reasons to keep our customers coming back. Customer retention is vital and getting customer feedback can give great insight into the future success of our business, but we need to allow customers to leave us. We need to be gracious and offer solutions but when the customer says it’s time to break up, it’s time to say goodbye. 

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