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customer service agility

Why agility is now at the heart of customer service success

By Customer Experience, Hybrid Working, Moving to the Cloud, Remote-Working, Unified Communications & Collaboration

Over the past 20 years customer service strategy and management has transformed. When contact centres were first established, most companies treated them as a cost centre. That meant the primary strategic aim was to run them as efficiently as possible. This changed as businesses (and management) realised the importance of customer service and customer experience to winning and retaining customers….

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The future of customer service for housing associations

By Housing, Hybrid Working

The ability to deliver high quality, consistent customer service is essential for housing associations. It one of the key areas that regulators evaluate when assessing providers. However, housing associations today face multiple customer service-related challenges, some intensified by the pandemic. What are these challenges and how can they be overcome? Building on our previous guest post from consultant Phil Riley…

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hybrid contact centre culture

Building a contact centre culture for hybrid success

By Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Real-Time Speech Analytics

After a year of disruption, the ending of lockdowns and the opening up of businesses brings more change to the contact centre. Most are likely to adopt hybrid working with staff able to work flexibly either in the office or at home. This will bring new opportunities and challenges. However, the pressure is on for contact centres to adapt quickly. In recent…

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6 key trends in housing association customer service for 2021

By Chatbots & AI, Housing, Hybrid Working, Microsoft Teams, Unified Communications & Collaboration

For Housing Associations, customer service is key to success – it is essential to keep customers happy and make it very easy for them to communicate with the organisation. Previously, customer contact has often been limited to office and telephone interactions.  Coronavirus necessitated a rethink to maintain service standards and customer satisfaction whilst creating a safe working environment for staff…

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Addressing the contact centre retention crisis

By Customer Experience, Hybrid Working, Real-Time Speech Analytics

91% of contact centre staff are likely to leave their role in 2021, according to research carried out for Enghouse Interactive. And nearly half (48%) said that stress or burnout was the key reason for their decision. Given the pressures of the last year this headline figure shouldn’t be a surprise. Contact centre staff have had to deal with the…

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The importance of emotional intelligence in the contact centre

By Customer Experience, Hybrid Working, Real-Time Speech Analytics

The last twelve months have been difficult for everyone working in customer service. As we move forward with new hybrid ways of working, agents, managers and businesses will face fresh challenges. How can they successfully navigate these changes and deliver service that delights customers, while retaining and nurturing staff? The answer is to focus on emotional intelligence, as a recent…

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Supporting agent wellbeing in a hybrid working world

Supporting agent wellbeing in a hybrid working world

By Collaboration Tools, Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Microsoft Teams, Training, Unified Communications & Collaboration

Your people are your greatest asset, and this is particularly true when it comes to the contact centre. Your agents are the frontline representatives of your company and brand and are central to delivering the service and experience that attracts and retains customers. That means that investing in ensuring their wellbeing is vital to your business. The pandemic and lockdowns…

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How Microsoft Teams underpins hybrid working

How Microsoft Teams underpins hybrid working

By Contact Centre, Hybrid Working, Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, Real-Time Speech Analytics

The last year has seen unparalleled change in the contact centre, with the acceleration of remote working due to the pandemic and lockdowns. As the world continues to change and moves to more hybrid, collaborative ways of working, how can organisations ensure they are ready to better serve customers – and support their staff? This hybrid future was the theme…

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4 trends to underpin future hybrid working

4 trends to underpin future hybrid working

By Chatbots & AI, Hybrid Working, Moving to the Cloud, Real-Time Speech Analytics, Self Service, Unified Communications & Collaboration

2020 was a year of profound change, with the pandemic turbocharging many existing trends such as remote working and the switch to digital channels. It has fundamentally changed how we work, especially in the customer service industry. And while current lockdowns mean most contact centres remain closed with staff working from home. So now is the time to focus on…

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