Empowering Your Employees: Key Takeaways from SECC Regional Meeting

Posted by Call Design on April 12, 2023

In a world where remote work is becoming increasingly common and the customer service industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace, it’s more important than ever for businesses to prioritize the employee experience. That’s exactly what we discussed at the recent Southeastern Contact Center (SECC) Regional Meeting in Knoxville, TN, which Call Design was proud to participate in.

The event was held on April 5th, and we were thrilled to be hosted by Ed Financial. The hosts and organizers did an outstanding job from start to finish. The pre-event messaging and communication were excellent, and the breakfast and welcome on the day of the event were lovely. It was clear that the coordinators had put a lot of thought and effort into the event, and we were excited to dive into the discussions.

After introductions, our very own Shawn McCormick spoke to the economic uncertainty we are all facing in the wake of the pandemic, politics, and economic considerations. He addressed the potential hesitation to focus on priorities that may have taken a back seat in recent months. We’re all slowly but surely understanding the significant impact of these factors, and that communication, collaboration, and agreement across leadership teams are more important than ever. This is where employee care and engagement come into play.

The topic of employee engagement is becoming increasingly important, and for good reason. Happy, engaged, fulfilled, and aligned employees are almost certain to set companies up for happy, engaged, fulfilled, and satisfied customers. This was the main point of discussion at the SECC meeting. We spent several hours discussing the importance of proactive investment of time and focus around both the employee/agent experience and the customer experience. The message was clear – companies that are nurturing and creating a culture that embraces these values will thrive, no matter what type of uncertainty comes their way.

Yesterday’s contact center wasn’t built for today’s world. As technology continues to evolve, so must our approach to employee care and engagement. Proactive investment and proactive care are truly the only option. We all left the SECC meeting feeling like technology has a heartbeat and that we will be better prepared having shared ways to manage new processes, new goals, new environments, and more. The messages of what is driving contact center success present day were very clear.

As we reflect on the SECC meeting and the discussions we had, it’s clear that employee experience must be a top priority for businesses in every industry. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. Employee engagement leads to better customer service.

When employees are engaged and motivated, they’re more likely to go above and beyond for customers. They’re invested in the success of the company and want to see it thrive. This, in turn, leads to happier customers who are more likely to remain loyal to the brand.

2. Employee engagement leads to higher retention rates.

When employees feel valued and engaged, they’re more likely to stick around for the long haul. This can save businesses a lot of money in the long run, as the cost of replacing an employee can be significant

3. Employee engagement leads to a better company culture.

When employees are happy, engaged, and fulfilled, the entire company culture benefits. This can lead to a more positive work environment, better communication, and more effective collaboration across teams.

As businesses continue to navigate the challenges of a post-pandemic world, employee engagement will only become more important. It’s not just a nice-to-have – it’s essential for success. At Call Design, we’re committed to helping businesses prioritize the employee experience and create a culture that supports employee well-being and engagement. We believe that by investing in your employees and empowering them to be their best selves, you can create a workplace that not only attracts top talent but retains it as well. By prioritizing the employee experience, companies can cultivate a sense of loyalty and dedication among their staff, leading to increased productivity, improved customer satisfaction, and ultimately, a stronger bottom line.

If you’d like to learn more about why you should prioritize employee engagement in your organization, we invite you to submit the form at this link: 


By submitting this form, you’ll receive a copy of Shawn’s white paper The CX/EX Connection: Investing in Your Employees which was the research foundation for his presentation at SECC. We’re confident that this resource will provide you with valuable insights and actionable strategies to help you create a workplace where employees feel valued, supported, and engaged. So let’s work together to make sure that every employee feels happy, engaged, fulfilled, and aligned at work – because that’s the key to success in today’s ever-evolving business landscape.

– Ann Baud