Instilling purpose: Creating a cohesive contact center

 

With the number of social media users still on the increase, as reported in data from Sensis, it's crucial that companies present a consistent experience for customers across different channels.

Unfortunately that isn't happening.

In fact, only 14 percent of consumers strongly agree that companies effectively manage their experience across traditional and digital contact touch points, according to a study by Accenture. For contact center managers this means the pressure is on to ensure that your agents can successfully continue customer journeys which often begin in the digital sphere.

Here are some tips for providing consistent customer experiences through creating a cohesive contact center.

Setting targets is a good way to give agents an idea of what's expected of them.Work with your staff to set productive goals.

1. Setting contact center goals

One of the most important aspects of quality management is setting great goals.

First contact resolution should be a priority for managers in any customer-facing department, as 80 percent of consumers who switch providers do so because their problem wasn't solved at the initial time of asking, another finding from the Accenture report.

By establishing a clear framework of key performance indicators (KPIs) agents know what's expected of them when interacting with customers and have something to aim for. This will encourage them to continue to grow professionally and will translate to higher quality interactions with consumers.

2. Aligning the company

On average it takes 12 positive experiences to reverse the damage from just one bad one, according to customer experience expert Ruby Newell-Legner.

By creating a company-wide standard, with specific targets measuring different areas of performance, you establish a quality benchmark that customers will receive no matter which channel they choose to interact through. This greatly reduces the opportunities for these negative experiences to take place.

Create a unified framework of aims and objectivesAlign the company so everyone is pushing in the same direction.

3. The power of task ownership

It can be easy for staff to lose sight of how their individual tasks contribute to the goals of the business as a whole. This is especially true in a contact center setting where agents don't often see the products or services the company sells.

It's the role of the contact center manager, therefore, to instill a sense of purpose within the workforce, and there are a numbers of ways to do this:

  • Invest time and training in staff to help them solve problems for themselves.
  • Praise and encourage high quality performance.
  • Provide regular feedback.
  • Make sure they know why their work is important.

Identifying the need for a more consistent customer journey is a key step for quality management in contact centers. Call Design offers tailored training and solutions to help managers empower their agents to provide a continually excellent customer experience. For more information, get in touch with the team at Call Design today.


What is the contingent workforce and how can you manage it?

In August 2018, over a third of US workers are part of the gig economy. Of these gig workers, more than 10 percent are contingent employees according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employing these workers presents unique opportunities and challenges for business mangers, but what exactly is the contingent workforce, and how best can you go about managing staff who fall into this category?

Defining the contingent workforce

The contingent workforce refers to people employed by a company on an on-demand, often short-term, basis. Examples include consultants, independent contractors or freelancers who aren't full-time employees and therefore don't appear on the company payroll.

They're often engaged through a recruitment agency to cover staffing shortages and sudden increases in workloads. This workforce offers a flexible solution to these problems without the costs associated with hiring and onboarding full-time employees.

Often staff engaged on this casual basis receive fewer, if any benefits, and lower salaries than permanent personnel. However, bringing in external manpower can be daunting to managers. These people aren't aligned with your business's goals, workflow and culture - so how do you manage them effectively?

Here are some key tips to maximizing the potential benefits of the contingent workforce.

1. Integration is key

Integrating all newcomers is a key responsibility for anyone in a leadership position.

This refers to both social and professional integration, as the two are intrinsically linked. Companies that make workplace collaboration a priority are twice as likely to be profitable, according to research by Deloitte, so encouraging a culture of teamwork and social integration should be top of the to-do list for managers of contingent staff. Have a look at these suggestions for how you can achieve this:

  • Send an email to existing employees prior to the arrival of contingent workers to introduce them.
  • A team lunch or coffee on the first day can be a great welcome and a way for everyone to get to know each other.
  • Provide a volunteer 'buddy' from your permanent workforce to help new staff get used to the surroundings and procedures.
  • Include them in social events outside office hours to help them get to know their peers.

As you would with any new personnel, full onboarding and training should compliment social integration and is integral in allowing contingent workers to effectively complete the tasks you will assign them.

Integrating newcomers is a key responsibility for anyone in a leadership position.

2. Make your expectations clear

One of the challenges of managing the contingent workforce is ensuring they're aligned with the aims and objectives of the organization as a whole.

A crucial step in bringing casual workers up to speed with what's expected of them is setting clear performance targets. These can take the shape of individual and team goals, both of which come with unique benefits:

  • Individual goals: The provision of SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) objectives gives something tangible to aim for, as well as providing team leaders with a way to measure performance and progress. This is something we'll return to shortly.
  • Team goals: Including contingent workers in team-wide goals not only aids with the integration process, but also gives them a sense of responsibility and understanding for how their personal efforts impact the team and, by extension, business as a whole.
Both contingent staff and full-time employees should have clear goals.Giving contingent staff clear goals is a good way to engage them with your workflow.

3. Track their performance

Quality management software is a great asset for team leaders. It allows you to to assess the day-to-day performance of staff to ensure standards remain consistently high.

Having core performance data at your fingertips means you can determine whether your contingent staff are achieving the targets you set, and identifies areas where further training is needed. It also provides the opportunity to recognize and praise those exceeding expectations.

One of the challenges of managing the contingent workforce is ensuring they're aligned with your aims and objectives. 

4. Make communication easy

There's a lot to communicate when managing the contingent workforce. As well as providing regular feedback on performance, listening to their experiences is critical to improving your contingent worker strategies in the long term.

Keeping an eye on time frames is also a must. Be open when talking about ongoing work, and when contingent staff are two months out from completing their contract start the conversation about next steps. If your initial reason for engaging them was due to a workload increase, effective forecasting should allow you to plan for future trends, but even if you can't give any concrete information, keeping them in the loop is important if you to wish to renew their contract.

Contingent staff can provide added flexibility to businesses should the unexpected happen, but proper management is key. Call Design provides tailored training and solutions to equip you with the essential skills to effectively unlock the potential of this workforce. For more information, get in touch with our team today.


The benefits and importance of good performance management

 

Recent years have seen changes to the way companies track, assess and acknowledge employee performance, with great effect. In fact, 90 percent of companies that have restructured their performance see direct improvements in engagement, according to a survey by Deloitte. These are statistics that contact center managers can't afford to ignore.

Performance management is the process by which agents and managers collaborate to design, monitor and act upon employee objectives, and establish how they feed into the organization's overall direction. But why is good performance management so important?

1. It helps leaders set the right goals

Giving employees a clear vision of what's expected of them, and how this contributes to the overall success of the contact center, is one of the greatest benefits of good performance management.

It's important to learn how to set the right targets for your organization, as this doesn't just involve plucking a number out of thin air. Too high and staff will feel overwhelmed and may not even attempt to reach it, too low and the targets won't contribute to improving performance.

Contact centres should set targets that are achievable, but encourage improvement. There's an art to setting good targets for your workforce.

Performance management gives managers a good idea of each employee's contribution to the requirements of the contact center, and enables them to set targets to improve task execution in a productive, but healthy, manner. By aligning your agents with the aims of the contact cenere as a whole, they can take greater ownership of the business through their own goals.

A good performance target is attainable, but also requires improvement to be reached.

However, the job isn't finished when the targets are set. Managers should regularly review data and use it to make change where necessary. These actionable insights can be a red flag for managers if an employee, or department, is regularly missing their targets, or can prompt rewards for success.

We'll discuss the practical results of good performance management further below, but for now suffice to say that it's an important tool by which managers can gain a fuller understanding of what's working well in their contact center, as well as areas that need improvement.

2. It will improve workforce productivity

As well as empowering individual agents in their daily tasks, another knock-on effect of creating clear and cohesive goals is to increase the efficiency and productivity of the contact center. If your staff are all pushing in the same direction, and have an understanding of how their individual efforts impact the success of the business, you will soon see the benefits to productivity.

Shrinkage is one of the greatest challenges facing contact centers. By creating a culture of shared responsibility, you can minimize this wasted time, drive the engagement of your agents and focus your workforce on key business goals.

Productivity will increase if your goals are cohesive.By aligning the goals of your workforce with those of the company as a whole, you will see an increase in productivity.

3. It allows managers to link evaluation and development 

As mentioned earlier, good performance management creates important actionable insights that managers can use to improve the quality of agent-client interactions in their contact center. By tracking individual performances, you can reward success and notable contributions to the business's overarching goals.

Good performance management creates important actionable insights.

Attrition is high among contact centers - so recognizing opportunities to make staff know that their hard work is being noticed can be a great way to improve workplace morale, and increase retention rates. Happier and motivated staff are likely to be more loyal and productive. In fact, engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to leave a company, and 57 percent more effective in their roles, according to a survey by Deloitte.

As well as rewarding high achievers, consistent monitoring of staff performance has the important benefit of identifying where extra training will benefit other parts of the workforce.

You shouldn't assume that onboarding processes supply staff with all the information they will ever need, and being able to find knowledge gaps will lead to better results and happier customers.

Regular feedback is good for staff morale, and tracking objectives.Regular feedback shows staff you're invested in their professional development.

4. It permits communication between management and agents 

Managing performance well can also enhance the relationships between team leaders and agents, allowing for an ongoing cycle of improvement.

If managers are seen to take a direct involvement in the professional development of agents, and of the team as a whole, it creates a culture of honesty and openness within the business. By providing regular feedback on performance objectives, staff have the opportunity to feed into this process and assist in creating future goals. This staff input not only contributes to employee empowerment, but will likely result more realistic and practical objectives.

Call Design has nearly 20 years' experience implementing tailored strategies to help contact centers improve workforce optimization. To find out more about how our performance management tools and training courses can benefit you, reach out to us today.


4 practical ways to improve customer experience

 

Why is customer experience such a buzzword today? It's simple: because it matters to a company's bottom line. In fact, 73 percent of consumers say that their decision to invest in a product or service is impacted by their overall experience with a business, according to survey by PwC.

But what is customer experience, and how can you as a manager ensure that people interacting with your business have only good things to say?

Let's explore.

Customer service is a journey across all company touch points.Customer experience is an ongoing process of interactions with your brand.

Important definitions

Before delving into some crucial ways to provide a better customer experience for your clients, we need to nail down some definitions. There are a few closely related, and easily confused, terms:

  • Customer care: How well taken care of customers feel when engaging with a company.
  • Customer service: The help or assistance given to customers by a company.
  • Customer experience: The complete customer journey, from finding the product in the first place, through to purchase and aftercare. This includes every interaction and touch point customers have with your company, and is a measurement of how they feel about your products and services.

Let's take the example of a contact center, as this is an obvious hotspot of business-to-client interaction, and examine some ways you can improve your customers' experiences.

1. Ingrain customer experience into your culture 

Providing a great customer experience doesn't happen by accident - you need a strategy to ensure quality client interactions across your whole business.

If your workforce is aware of how customer experience forms part of the business's overarching goals, there will be greater employee buy-in to your strategy, as well as more sense of ownership and responsibility when it comes providing exceptional customer experience.

Providing a great customer experience doesn't happen by accident, you need a company- wide strategy.

  • Example: In our contact centre example, one practical way of boosting agent engagement with a customer experience strategy is to provide ongoing training sessions and workshops as part of quality management. Here our contact centre keeps its staff updated on changes to policies as well as reaffirming the importance of the service they provide to customers.

2. Listen to your employees

Another benefit that comes from regular management-staff interactions is that you have the opportunity to listen.

Feedback from your employees is one of your most valuable assets when improving customer experience. After all, they're the people directly involved in the processes through which the public forms opinions of your brand. Use their expertise as frontline operators to guide strategy.

  • Example: In our contact center, agents will know the most frequent customer queries or problems. This information can be put to good use by managers when implementing a company-wide customer experience strategy. For example, setting up an FAQ section on the company's website using recurring customer issues agents come across.

However, listening to staff goes further than simply taking their knowledge to inform your strategy. To deliver top-drawer customer experience, your employees need to be satisfied with their work and their environment. The old adage remains true: happy staff means happy customers. Good personnel management is key here - so keep an eye on your team members, and provide an open and honest environment in which problems can be shared.

Listen to your employees about their experiences with customers.Employee feedback can help you direct your future customer experience strategy.

 3. Take a multichannel approach

Over 60 percent of customers use more than one channel to interact with brands, according to a survey by Deloitte. And they expect results.

This means that companies hoping to provide truly outstanding customer experiences need to adopt a multichannel approach. Here are a few useful tips to doing this effectively in relation to customer experience:

  • Know your customer base: With so many different platforms out there, it's important to know where to focus your efforts. This is especially true when it comes to social media. Know which channels your customers frequent and meet them there.
  • Go beyond being reactive: Don't wait for your customers to come to you with problems or queries. If you've listened to frontline staff you should know common customer pain points, so look to save time for both them and you by posting solutions on your social media channels, or your website.
  • Be human: People like to interact with people, hence the survival of contact centers in the digital age, so make all your customer touch points as human as possible. Your customer knowledge will inform the tone you take, but a bit of humor and personality can go a long way in the appropriate setting.
Customers expect businesses to operate across more than one channel.A multichannel approach gives your more ways to interact with your customers.

Over 60 pecent of customers use more than one channel to interact with brands, according to a survey by Deloitte.

4. Review and amend

All strategies should leave space for review and improvement. This is especially true when it comes to customer experience, as this tracks individual buyer journeys across a period of time. You need to know if your strategy is improving customer loyalty, as well as gaining new leads, or if there's an area of weakness that's letting you down.

Having the capacity to gather the right data, and collate it in a way that creates actionable insights, can improve customer experience strategies going forward.

All the main social media platforms offer in-built analytics that can be used to gauge the efficacy of your multichannel approach. These insights can tell you who is engaging with your output, when, and the types of interactions they're having. This can help you better target these channels and dictate the ways you use them as a facet of your customer experience strategy.

  • Example: Customer experience management (CEM) software is an important part of quality management in the workforce. In our contact centre setting it allows managers to monitor and analyze the quality of the interactions their agents have with customers to be sure that standards remain high.

Each business is different in terms of its customers base and the services they offer. That's why Call Design offers tailored training and solutions to improve your quality management to ensure that customers always have a great experience when interacting with your brand. For more information, reach out to the team at Call Design today.


Key objectives and processes behind performance management

 

Performance management is hailed by many business leaders as a way to inspire learning and development within a company, and to create a culture of target-hitting and self-improvement. Adopting performance management goals within your organization could be a very empowering change, leading to better results from staff and, as a result, better experiences for customers.

In this article, we're covering the basics of performance management so you understand where and how to start. We'll cover:

  1. The definition of performance management.
  2. The processes behind performance management.
  3. Key objectives of performance management.
A key objective of performance management is building better team cohesion and communication.Performance management builds a culture of teamwork, open communication and personal improvement.

1. What is performance management?

Performance management is the process of connecting team leaders and employees in a manner that inspires better communication, the achieving of key strategic goals and a continuing commitment to professional development. The practice also encourages greater team cohesion and a culture of recognition and reward.

The term 'performance management' is quite wide-reaching, and covers a variety of individual steps. While we'll cover these in more detail shortly, they include activities such as aligning team members to an individual vision, setting clear goals, holding performance reviews, and more.

2. What is the performance management process?

Performance management is a continuous loop of improvement - not a set-and-forget strategy.

This is not a process you simply set up and then walk away from. The performance management process is designed to integrate with your company's culture and remain in place forever. It creates a loop of setting targets, improving yourself and your team to meet those targets, then reviewing the outcomes to create actionable next steps, so that new targets can be established.

Let's examine some of the specific steps in this loop so you get a feel for what to expect:

Setting objectives

Teams of people can't achieve a vision unless they're all working towards the same goal. Therefore, all performance management processes begin with aligning staff to the company's wider vision and then finding specific objectives for teams and individuals to help them reach this vision. This can be done through techniques such as SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) KPIs. At this stage, business leaders will also be identifying the metrics with which progress will be measured.

Coaching and development

Once goals are set, next come the improvements necessary to reach them. This happens in two parts:

First, a culture of learning is created. This must not only include the necessary training infrastructure and tools to teach staff new skills, but also better communication channels, opportunities for challenges and other staff empowerment measures.

Second comes the actual development. Here coaches work with their teams to monitor progress, provide feedback and maintain engagement.

Improving staff performance through personal coaching is a key component of performance management.Staff coaching is a great way to foster development and, thus, staff performance.

Assessment

KPIs are, of course, designed to be achieved. Therefore, as we look to close the loop in the performance management cycle, team leaders will be reflecting on the progress of their staff, measuring the results, and producing next steps.

58 percent of employees say recognition is how leaders can improve staff engagement.

Rewards and recognition

As an addition to the assessment phase, rewards and recognition are vital tools to keep staff engagement levels high. In fact, when asked how business leaders could improve staff engagement, 58 percent of respondents to a Psychometrics study said "give recognition and praise".

3. Examples of good performance management objectives

Right, so we know that performance management is an ongoing loop of communication and development, and we know that our performance management goals will be achieved through target setting, progress assessment and rewards/recognition. So the next thing we need to cover is fleshing out that first step - setting targets. What specific objectives can you as a team or business leader set for your company?

  1. Create superior work performance and increase motivation: Performance and engagement are intrinsically linked, so these two fit within the same objective. If your staff are underperforming as a unit, or you feel that improvements could be made in either performance or engagement, this is a logical first objective for you.
  2. Upskill employees and foster personal development: According to research from Tilburg University, employees consider personal development the most important part of human resource development, of which performance management is a component. In other words, staff crave self-improvement and relish it when provided. Businesses that want to invest in their individual staff members should consider this as a key performance management objective.
  3. Establish better communication between teams: Communication can make change an exciting new prospect, or sink the ship before it sails. Performance management relies on good communication and as such can be used to promote good two-way channels between leaders and employees. This fits in with all other areas of the cycle, including personal development. It can also be used to improve accountability in your organisation, as staff will feel more comfortable about being open and honest.
  4. Create a better work culture: Finally, rewards and recognition are excellent tools for encouraging a positive work culture, where people openly compliment and congratulate each other on their work (whether that's managers to staff, or staff to each other). Recognition can be used to tell employees what's valued in your organisation - if that's hard work, respectfulness, inclusiveness and so on, you're building the foundations for a workplace people can truly love.

Choose Call Design today

Ready to take the next step on your performance management journey? Call Design's team of consultants are experts in performance management and can walk you through all the necessary steps to crafting this culture in your organisation.

To find out more about our performance management tools and training courses, contact us today.


How an app can boost employee engagement

 

Smartphone applications enhance workplace management and save businesses time and money. With 77% of North Americans using smartphones, and 1 in 5 adults accessing the internet exclusively on smartphones, now is the time for your organization to be at the forefront of this emerging digital trend.

There are a number of clear benefits when it comes to implementing mobile technologies in the workplace. Companies that are more profitable than their competitors are more likely to use mobile apps and to introduce measures such as comprehensive training to facilitate app adoption, according to the 2015 Accenture Mobility Research report.

What is the ME smartphone app?

ME is a workforce management application that's compatible with iOS and Android devices. It enables staff to remotely access their schedule and calendar, monitor their performance, apply for time off, and swap shifts.

Staff can easily organise their work-life via the ME application.Sick leave, work schedules and shift swaps become easier when done through the ME smartphone application.

 ME can help your organization increase efficiency and profitability by:

  • Improving employee engagement

ME's Schedule View function enables staff to interact with each other and their employers. Whether they're on the bus to work in the morning, or sitting in the doctor's waiting room they can easily access their work schedule on the go.

  • Reducing HR expenditure

There's no need to schedule a meeting with HR or to fill out a lengthy form. If an employee wants to book time off or swap a shift, they can do so at the touch of a button. ME's Leave Request function enables staff to ask for annual leave and to receive feedback via notifications. They can also view the status of a request using the Request Viewer function.

Staff can organise their work schedule remotely with ME.With ME, staff can organize shift-swaps without needing to make a phone call or be on site.
  • Improving compliance and productivity

Employees can track their performance with the Agent Productivity function. This enables staff to pinpoint potential areas for improvement, check their productivity statistics and monitor hours worked.

  • Enhancing employee autonomy

If an employee wants to work a different shift, they can access ME's Schedule Trade function to swap their schedule. This increases staff autonomy by allowing shift swaps without staff needing to make a phone call or be on site.

How to seamlessly implement ME into your workplace:

The team at Call Design are here to help with installing, programming and tailoring ME's functions to suit your workplace. We can teach your employees how to use each of the application's features on their smartphones and can provide on-site or remote training for your management team.

If you want to learn more about how ME can benefit you, get in contact with the experts at Call Design today.


How executive input can drive workplace efficiency programs

 

Companies are becoming increasingly aware that an efficient workforce is only as effective as its leaders want it to be. But to keep up in today's tech-driven world, an organization-wide digital transformation may be what is required.

In the last decade, digital initiatives that impact the workforce have become prevalent, with many companies developing what can be called a digital IQ - that is, as PwC defines it, a company's ability to use technology, and to profit from it.

So if digital IQ is key, how can executives leverage it to optimize their workforce, increase efficiency and help their business grow?

Digital IQ is vital for workforce optimisation as it is for any other part of the business.Digital technology is changing the way we work.

The key to digitizing your company

According to a recent survey by PwC, 80 percent of executives said that identifying opportunities to digitise the company was crucial for the financial wellbeing of their organisation. In addition, the survey said, a digital IQ would allow business leaders to make their workforce more efficient and increase productivity.

The key to increasing your digital IQ is to create a roadmap that will seamlessly integrate new technology into company life, mirroring the experiences that staff have in their personal lives. It's jarring for staff to live in a smart world, only to venture to the office at 9 a.m. to technology from a decade ago.

  • Example: Mobile technology is prevalent outside of the office - with the Pew Research Center finding that 77 percent of North Americans own a smartphone - but not so prevalent inside the office. Yet, a Samsung/Frost & Sullivan survey found that when managers could use smartphones for their work, it increased productivity by 34 percent.

Other ways you could improve efficiency by increasing your digital IQ include investing in automation, easier-to-use systems, cloud connectivity, and so on - essentially, technology that helps staff work faster and dedicate more time to improving products or satisfying customers.

Start from the top down

An effective digital IQ needs to be supported from the top down. Decision makers must understand the importance of the digital ecosystem and take steps to ensure that workplace tools and techniques are used by the right people at the right time. This includes the entire C-suite, from the CEO to the CIO and CFO.

Effective leadership leverages all options for success. Effective leadership leverages all options for success.

Taking the next step

Developing a digital IQ is merely the first step. As digital workplace transformation continues to mirror the fast pace of society, decision makers will need to make certain every level of the company is on the same page. An effective workforce takes direction from the top, a leadership chain that must give people the tools and techniques to succeed. Anything else is likely to see the transformation come to a virtual standstill.

To find out more about workforce optimization solutions that integrate seamlessly into existing business architectures and enable digital transformation, contact Call Design today.


Go digital: 5 ways to reward your staff

 

Acknowledging employees for workplace achievement is essential to improve morale and increase retention and productivity. Implementing rewards may sound like an expensive initiative; however, employers can save money by rewarding staff digitally. Discover our top five affordable ways to reward your team.

Call Design Australia can help your business grow.Rewarding staff is a great way to improve retention and boost morale.

1. Send employees personal emails

Sending an email might seem like a very straightforward way to acknowledge staff for workplace contributions; however, a personalized and thoughtfully worded email goes a long way in helping an employee realize their value. It's simple, free and it will motivate and encourage staff to continue to excel in their field.

2. Introduce gamified strategies

Gamification is a fun way to motivate and reward staff via healthy competition.

Gamification is the process of adding games or fun elements to a task. It can increase workplace participation, and it's a fun way to motivate and reward staff while implementing healthy competition among teams. Rewards can be based on individual or team targets such as the percentage of calls handled by type or total talk time. Based on the outcome, prizes like a team lunch or a coffee voucher will boost staff morale and productivity.

3. Give an online gift card

Corporate gift cards are an easy way to reward employees with differing interests. By personalizing a gift card, you can show that you're aware of what motivates an individual, and have taken the time to think about a gift you know they'll appreciate.

Reward employees with the chance to attend training, industry events and talks.Providing employees with opportunities to upskill will show that you're invested in their future.

4. Acknowledge staff on a social platform

Acknowledgements on social platforms such as LinkedIn or Workplace by Facebook are an excellent way to boost staff morale and to publicly reward employees for their contribution. Employees will be able to interact with one another by liking, sharing and commenting on their colleagues' achievements. This can heighten team communication and create a sense of comradery.

5. Provide opportunities for professional development

Employees are always looking for ways to develop and to improve their skill set. Providing the chance for them to take an online course, attend a training session, motivational talk or industry event is a great way to reward their hard work and to show that you are invested in their future and career progression. Call Design's training courses are the perfect way to upskill staff and optimize your workplace.

If you're looking for more ways to motivate your staff and improve productivity, get in contact with the experts at Call Design today.


How to empower agents and increase productivity

 

If you're able to empower your employees, increased productivity will be a byproduct. Find out how to successfully optimize your workplace to ensure your agents are empowered and engaged.

Find out how to optimise your workplace with Call Design.Are you looking for new ideas to increase productivity and decrease staff turnover?

Upskill managers and empower staff

Upskilling managers is the best investment a business can make - it opens doors and provides new learning opportunities which can be passed on to other employees. This culture of development creates a workplace that is never stagnant but is continually evolving.

Call Design's training courses are designed to improve staff performance and to hone management skills. The manager essentials course teaches managers to manage their team effectively, monitor staff performance, provide effective coaching and keep staff engaged. No matter which course you're interested in, Call Design will maximize your time spent learning and can cover everything from coaching employees and providing feedback to setting challenging yet achievable KPIs.

Optimize workplace health and wellbeing

People employed in more sedentary occupations, such as administrative workers, spend an average of 22 hours per week sitting for work. Unfortunately, It's likely that in workplaces such as contact centers, these numbers are even higher.

Discover a Call Design training course to empower contact centre staff.Employers can implement standing desks and provide exercise balls for employees to sit on.

Sedentary behaviour in the workplace can lead to to adverse health outcomes, which can decrease employee productivity and engagement. To encourage employees to move around more, employers can implement standing desks or tables and can provide the option of exercise balls for employees to sit on. Standing or walking meetings are a great way to ensure staff spend less time sitting.

Managers can also look at implementing some lunchtime workplace challenge using sports or active games where employees can compete with each other to win points and prizes. Sometimes just making sure employees get up from their desk and take a walk around the office can dramatically increase morale and productivity.

Increase employee flexibility (ME)

Empowered staff are those that feel trusted in their ability to make their own decisions, to work autonomously and to regularly upskill. Software such as Call Design's workforce management tool, (ME) offers employees the ability to use an application their phones to view their schedules, apply for leave and see their adherence wherever they are. This app increases autonomy by allowing schedule adjustments without staff needing to be in the office.

If you're interested in growing your business by empowering staff and optimizing your workforce get in touch with the Call Design team today.


5 ways to implement a performance management program

 

Are you looking to enhance productivity and ensure your organization's goals are met? A workplace performance management program will provide you with a clear pathway to achieving your corporate goals.

A workplace performance management program will get you on the right path.A performance management program will provide you with a clear pathway to achieving your business objectives.

What is performance management?

Effective performance management monitors the progress being made towards achieving corporate objectives. Targeted performance management software can be used to uncover actionable insights, which enable leaders to optimise the performance of their staff.

How can I implement a successful Performance Management Program?

1. Identify your business objectives and align your KPIs

You may already have a performance management program in place, however, it's important to reevaluate this periodically as your business grows or your goals change. To update or implement a performance management program, you'll need to identify the objectives of your organization and set effective staff KPIs to align with the overall business objectives. The ACES acronym can help define your workplace goals:

Achieve - What do you hope to achieve?

Conserve - What do you want to maintain?

Eliminate - What is no longer providing benefit to your business?

Steer clear - What do you want to avoid?

2. Analyze your current situation

Do you currently have a performance management program in place? Why is it not providing you with the data you need to improve productivity? Are certain KPIs driving the wrong behaviors?

Performance management programs can be used to set personal targets.A performance management program can be used to monitor strategic goals.

3. Enrol in a performance management course

Make sure your managers have the skills they need to implement and maintain a robust performance management program. Call Design's Performance Management Essentials course enables you to implement a successful performance management program by teaching managers and team leaders the ACTIV8 methodology:

  • Align
  • Connect
  • Teach
  • Influence
  • Validate

4. Educate your staff

Once your managers have completed the two-day Performance Management Essentials course, they'll be able to educate staff. Team leaders can initiate dialogue with staff about how a new performance management program can be used to set and monitor strategic goals and to help them achieve their personal targets.

5. Learn about performance management software

Aspect's Performance Management software is a great tool when it comes to generating and monitoring data. Dashboards, scorecards and reports are used to collect, collate and display information specifically targeted to all roles in your organization. The data generated is clear and easy to read, and it enables leaders and staff to optimize their performance.

For more information on implementing a successful performance management program, get in touch with the experts at Call Design.