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contact center improvement

                  “You will never reach your destination if you throw stones at every dog that barks.” — Sir Winston Churchill   As history shows, Winston Churchill was right when he warned against the dangers of distraction. And as those of us in this industry know all too well, it’s very easy for center management to

contact center benchmarking
Posted by: gcsagents, February 4, 2017

Top Contact Center Industry Benchmarks

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu One of the most effective ways to determine how your contact center’s performance stacks up against other providers in your industry is to benchmark. Many enterprises are satisfied when their contact center meets goals

contact center improvement tools

How a 10-Point Improvement Tool Can Reshape Your Contact Center   “We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”                                                                                                                               Marshall McLuhan It’s true, the right tools make any job easier. It’s also true our tools must evolve to keep pace with a changing world. That’s especially true in the contact center as

contact cneter Trends 2017

A new year means new possibilities.  Since your looking to improve your contact center this year, let’s examine the trends driving our industry now. Here are some “hot button” issues that forward-thinking contact center professionals will be facing in the next few years. First, the very good news for the industry at-large: we are growing.

Trends toward outsourcing contact centers will gain momentum in 2017. So now is the time to begin thinking about how we use outcomes and evidence to improve center performance. Healthcare quality relies heavily on outcome measurement. It examines how a patient does before, during and after treatment. Evidence-based medicine integrates clinical experience, patient values and

call center outsourcing services

Choosing the right call center vendor is one of the most important decisions your business can make. The ability to work within your budget and schedule is an absolute starting point. There are additional considerations you need to cover when choosing a contact center vendor. Selecting the right center outsourcer will have numerous positive consequences

contact center roi

As a contact center outsourcer and consultant, we’ve responded to countless requests for information (RFI). The issues that come up in these RFIs range from easy to complex. The most difficult ones require a seasoned contact center team to answer. We’ve picked 16 of the tougher questions and ROI-proven approaches that a worthy consultant should

contact center vendor

From 35,000 feet, contact center vendors look very similar. The baseline questions used to sort out the duds from the potential stars are pretty much the same ones you’d ask any one of your supply chain vendors. But when your vendor is interacting directly with your customers on behalf of your company, those questions should

customer service week

  This is the week when we honor the work of our favorite super heroes. We know them by many names: professional problem solvers; queens of the queue; princes of patience; masters of making things right; bearers of the brand; champions of connection. As they answer even the most roundabout, complicated questions (or the same

contact center consultant

When your contact center is in need of an overhaul, it can be tempting to let your department heads and managers take over the repair process. Overseeing a complex internal “rip and replace” of a contact center can drain human and financial resources while risking failure.  Although fail-fast is a big buzzword in management strategy

Companies that outsource their contact center and back office functions need a strong vendor management program to properly locate and manage the right vendor partner in a crowded and chaotic competitive field. Companies that are looking for outside vendors to take over an existing center relationship or move an in-house center to the outside are

interpersonal skills training for contact centers

“There will always be people who are ahead of the curve, and people who are behind the curve. But knowledge moves the curve.” — Bill James   Interpersonal Skills Training for Call Center Representatives The most important technology in your call center isn’t hardware or software. It’s your people.  As the originators of technology, we

contact center soft skills training

As call center professionals moving forward into the Digital Age, we are keenly aware of the impact of automation on our industry. One of the biggest concerns we’ve heard is the effect automation may have on the labor pool. With lightning fast development in robotics process automation and machine learning, will customer service reps (CSRs)

soft skills training

What makes soft skills so hard to master ? For contact center managers and supervisors, teaching adults in the workplace to relate more effectively and consistently to their customers and colleagues can feel like herding cats. Of course, it just feels that way — soft skills can be learned, reinforced, and continually refined. As customer

call center staffing

Getting and keeping the right number of chairs filled is key to the bottom-line success of any contact center. Assembling the ideal number of staff to meet SLAs while not over spending is heavily dependent on forecasting. The more accurate the forecast, the more cost-effective staffing levels will be. A baseline contact center staffing plan

p3 paratransit center
Posted by: gcsagents, April 15, 2016

Paratransit Call Center Case Study

How GCS Turned an Ailing Paratransit Call Center into a Platform for P3 Best Practices   It’s no secret that public-private partnerships (P3) can result in game changing performances. These allegiances build our cities and towns, create and extend vital services to the citizenry, and benefit society in uncountable ways. Private sector support can mean

Achieving the best customer satisfaction while minimizing costs comes with having key data that helps you see and understand how to manage your workforce. Workforce optimization is about more than just collecting data—it’s also about understanding what the data means for your customers and your staff. Although software can give you the hard numbers, the

contact center KPIs

At Global Contact Services, we believe the combination of technology, augmented with a personal, human touch, will lead to the best results for your contact center. In order to achieve the right balance of technology and a human touch, your contact center needs to track important key performance indicators (KPIs). You must also have the

contact center innovations

Businesses are always looking for the competitive edge. After all, in order to keep your customer base it is important to keep your product or service updated. As rapidly as technology can change, it’s imperative to also stay on top of industry trends, pushing your business to the forefront. Global Contact Services or GCS provides

Category: GCS News, Leadership
Posted by: gcsagents, November 11, 2015

Attention. Thank you. Forward March

Did you know that in the 1940s the American Auto Industry did not make any cars for almost three years? During World War II the auto makers turned their assembly lines into wartime producers of military equipment. Over 40,000 tanks, 100,000 planes and dozens of ships were created in the name of freedom. The auto

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contact center consultants

I will have the pleasure of attending the 2012 DMA (Direct Marketer’s Association) convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 15th and 16th.  This is a huge event with over 10,000 marketers attending across all industries.   The event also has hundreds of exhibitors as well spanning from ad agencies to email marketing agencies and fulfillment services. Attendees include: American Express, Nissan,

Category: GCS News
Posted by: gcsagents, July 15, 2015

Thanks For Giving

Thanksgiving is a holiday started by the pioneers and settlers of our country along with our Native Americans. They took pause to join together and give thanks for what God had provided them. It took initiative and coordination to establish this tradition. As the country slowly recovers from a recession and high unemployment, more and

A contact center serves as the front line for business during many interactions with the client base. An excellent call center will convey warm, caring, positive feelings, along with the information the consumer needs. An ineffective call center leads to customer dissatisfaction, cancelations, poor reviews, and lost revenues. Finding the right people takes a mix

Hiring for Effective Customer Service in the Contact Center Good customer service begins with the people providing it. For many businesses, this means the call center employees tasked with handling daily call volumes. But recruiting and retaining the best contact center professionals can be difficult, especially with so many businesses and government agencies competing for

Category: Uncategorized
Posted by: gcsagents, April 21, 2015

Train-the-Trainer or SME

The pros and cons of the Direct Delivery Training Model versus the Train-the-Trainer and determining which one will work for you. Training and education are on-going needs in any industry employing customer service teams. As an outsource provider of contracted contact centers, Global Contact Services uses both Direct Delivery Training, and Train-the-Trainer programs to provide

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Posted by: gcsagents, April 14, 2015

Can you stand to sit any longer?

Sit too long and stress takes off The usual thinking is when under stress of a deadline the best choice is to just knuckle down and get it done. That could be the very thing to send your stress levels skyrocketing. Nathan Kleitman is a sleep researcher who discovered the 90 minute cycle all people

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The simple way to understand the difference between the two approaches is to know begin with the prefixes, “multi” means many, and “omni” means all. Multi channel environments utilize many different communication devices and platforms to allow for customer interaction. For instance, a company allowing consumers to call, email, write and chat is taking a