COVID-19

The deadly COVID-19 virus has killed thousands in a global pandemic, leading to sweeping changes in our way of life and work. We’ve assembled the following collection of articles to assist you in making the critical decisions and transitions facing your center.

Contact Center Challenges and Priorities for 2021: A Year Like No Other

The overall theme for 2021 is: It’s all about the response to COVID and its impacts.

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Can You Say Con-tin-gen-cy?

The global pandemic caught most of the industry flat-footed and scrambling to respond quickly and appropriately.

Operations Contingency Planning COVID-19


Managing Through COVID-19

Calls matter, private conversations matter, and learning about how the frontline feels about working from home matters.

Strategy Planning COVID-19


Goodbye 2020… Lessons Learned

Even those organizations that struggled with technology weaknesses and the deployment of work-from-home navigated that weakness with the strength of leadership.

Strategy COVID-19


The Rocket Man and a Watershed Year

The modern contact center means a more agile approach; working anywhere while meeting service level objectives and taking care of the customer on whatever channel they prefer.

Strategy Planning COVID-19


Legal and Regulatory Developments in 2020—and What to Expect in 2021

Contact center management must be mindful of legislative initiatives that seek to draw a bright line between employees and contract workers.

Strategy COVID-19


COVID-19 Consumer Behavior and Fraud Shifts Continue to Challenge Contact Center Agents

One in four businesses saw fraud attempts increase in their call centers, which often are a vulnerable, enticing access point for fraudsters.

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Contact Centers Grapple with How to Sustain—and Grow—Remote Workforces

As working from home will likely remain the norm, call centers face a new test—how to reshape hiring and performance management practices to bring ‘never on-site’ workers into the fold.

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Unexpected Lessons from the 2020 Contact Center

Today’s contact centers are not only battle-hardened, they have laid the foundation for the next generation of success.

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How to Make Remote Training Work for New-Hires

Injecting more than the usual amount of knowledge checks into the middle of presentations helps to keep the class engaged and makes learning a two-way exchange of information.

People Development COVID-19


Top Seven Call Center Software Requirements for the “Now Normal”

Given the last eight months of global turmoil, it’s easy to forget that contact centers already had a long list of compelling reasons to change.

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Moving Contact Center Agents Home for the Long-Term

Now is the time to review all technology and ensure that your agents have virtual access to everything they need to be successful.

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The New Digital Customer Engagement for the New (Ab)Normal

The same old limited digital service capabilities do not cut it in the new environment.

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Surveys Highlight Contact Center Opportunities

COVID ‘shined a light’ on the importance of the contact center, and it now features far more prominently as the ‘face’ of the organization.

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Seven Ways the Pandemic Affected My WFM Role

These new shifting patterns made us more aggressive with our forecasting approach.

Operations Workforce Management COVID-19