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Desk Stretches Ease Muscle Strain

December 29, 2020
The holiday season, for many organizations, means peak call volume, hectic schedules, and high stress levels — and prolonged sitting makes it difficult to release tension. Following are four easy-to-do "desk-ersizes" to try when stress levels rise. Sitting upright, raise the top of your shoulders to your ears. Hold for a few seconds, then relax…Continue reading


Manage Empathy Fatigue

December 10, 2020
Spending eight hours a day listening to frustrated, confused, and sometimes angry customers is a tough task for service professionals, even in the best of times. Today, those same customers may be struggling with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, regional wildfires, and hurricanes. They may be juggling work, virtual schooling, caring for aging parents,…Continue reading


Show Genuine Concern

November 19, 2020
The best agents know how to extend genuine, sincere concern to callers whether they have a major problem or a minor issue. To be sure customers know that you respect them as individuals with legitimate issues and feelings, keep these dos and don’ts in mind. Do: Stay in control of your own emotionsUse empathy to…Continue reading


Positive Responses to Negative Situations

November 5, 2020
Occasionally, a customer will point out an error that someone in your organization has made. In these situations, try replying by blending an empathy statement with an apology. But be sure that you don’t blame the customer or your company. Following are three ways to offer a blameless apology: Blaming: "I’m sorry, but you didn’t send…Continue reading


Pandemic Impacts Service Levels

October 15, 2020
To better understand the impact of the pandemic on customer service operations, Tethr (an AI and machine learning company) recently completed a study of roughly 1 million customer-service calls involving more than 20 companies representing a broad cross-section of industries. The results, show the harsh reality of customer service during the pandemic. “In just two…Continue reading


Take a Moment to Reflect

October 1, 2020
The first full week in October is Customer Service Week. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions made by frontline reps throughout the year. And what a year it’s been. For many, this year meant moving from working in an office to working remotely. It meant learning to navigate a workspace shared with children, parents,…Continue reading


End Your Work Day With Rituals

September 3, 2020
Transitioning from work to home, when you work at home, can be a challenge. Many remote workers, especially newly remote workers, experience difficulty creating physical and emotional distance from their jobs at the end of the day. Rituals can help you close the work portion of your day and move into the personal time. When…Continue reading


Watch Out for TMI

August 6, 2020
Just as TMI, or Too Much Information, can be a problem in one's personal life, it can also be a problem in the service center. In The Customer Service Revolution, author John DiJulius reminds readers to avoid "oversharing" with customers. He notes that all frontline reps are guilty of oversharing at one time or another,…Continue reading