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Coaching a Struggling Team

As a community, we talked a lot about coaching late last year. How does it differ from quality monitoring? Who should be doing it, and how? When is it better to coach... Read More

5 Strategies for Boosting Agent Morale

Increased wait times, low closing percentages and poor productivity; that's what was in store for me as I entered the contact center. Sounds like fun, right? In one of my first assignments... Read More

Trust Destructors: The Top 5 Ways to Ruin Engagement with Your Coaching Practices

One of the greatest ways we build trust with employees is through review and discussion of their work performance.  Our fairness, honesty, courage, and advocacy during coaching contributes to our credibility, which... Read More

Tips to Help You Improve the Hiring Process in 2018

Late last year we surveyed the ICMI community and asked contact center leaders to share their top challenges. Overwhelmingly, hiring & training was #1. And at ICMI's Training Symposium in Orlando last... Read More

How to Set Better Goals for Your Customer Service Team

Happy 2018, folks!  Ready or not, the new year is here.  And with the turn of the calendar comes everyone’s favorite annual process: goal setting! Sadly, this rite of passage is often... Read More

5 Contact Center Training Trends to Watch in 2018

From fashion to food, pop culture to consumer behavior, everyone is looking for the next big thing. The search for upcoming trends is so prevalent that a Google search for ‘trending’ results... Read More

How to Have More Meaningful Coaching Conversations

Effective coaching is critical to the success of any team. But in a contact center environment, time is often short and burnt out agents can sometimes feel defensive. If you're looking for... Read More

The Top 3 Lessons I Learned in 2017

Looking back over the past year of working in contact centers, it’s a daunting task to recall the lessons I’ve learned for a few reasons. First of all, I’m turning forty in... Read More

Want to recruit Millennials? Let them work from home

Think back to your last meeting. Were all of your teammates sitting around the table, or were a few colleagues calling in from around the globe? With the rise of telecommuting, chances... Read More

12 Reasons Why Your Small Contact Center Needs a Mentorship Program

During the most recent #ICMIchat, we spent some time answering eight questions from small contact center leaders. One of those questions: how can I convince my boss that a mentorship program is... Read More



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Do you currently offer 4 by 10-hour shifts?

Yes, and employees who work this schedule get 3 consecutive days off
Yes, but employees working this schedule aren't guaranteed 3 consecutive days off
Yes, but we give employees working this schedule days off that match customer demand/volume
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