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Tighten Up Your AHT Projections

Average handling time, like the volume of contacts, must be incorporated into planning by the half hour. Assuming the same average handling time all day for forecasting purposes will not reflect the... Read More

The Measures Every Contact Center Should Have

These key categories of measures and objective are as important for Facebook and Twitter interactions as they are for traditional contact channels. Establishing the right measures and objectives is one of the... Read More

A Solution to Contact Center Attendance Problems

Attendance issues are one of the most common challenges contact center leaders face. Poor attendance often leads to higher attrition, which makes it very difficult to run daily operations, meet service level... Read More

Putting Abandonment in Perspective

In many contact centers, abandonment rate is viewed as a key measure of how adequately the center is staffed. I often get questions like, what is an acceptable rate of abandonment? What... Read More

Skills-Based Routing: 5 Common Problems You Can Avoid

Skills based routing is getting renewed attention as contact centers expand services, add channels and, in general, require a more diverse range of subject matter experts. But you have to manage it... Read More

How to Maximize Contact Center Agent Productivity

Contact center leaders have a lot on their minds. From the quality of their technology to creating a memorable customer experience, there are plenty of blinking lights that require attention. While all... Read More

How to Make Performance Metrics Truly Matter

As contact center leaders, we are always in search of the best way to manage our operations, which can often translate to how well we are managing costs. But our job is... Read More

15 Ways to Strengthen Your Contact Center

A few years ago I was part of a conference panel discussion designed to share a wide range of ideas on improving call center operations. The rules were simple: each idea had... Read More

11 Tips to Reduce Absenteeism and Attrition

In the small contact center, one person calling out sick can wreak havoc on service levels. And for contact centers of any size, agent attrition remains a top challenge. Looking for a... Read More

Answers to Four of Your Burning Contact Center Questions

During November, the #ICMIchat community is tackling some of the most-asked contact center questions of 2017. We analyzed the top questions from icmi.com, and we're discussing them all--from metrics to training, and... Read More



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