Honing your vocal skills for better customer communication — Kate Peters, founder of Vocal Impact and author of Can You Hear Me Now? suggests discussing the impact of “vocal fatigue” with frontline reps. This can be a real problem for people who use their voices constantly. Read Peters’ blog post, Help for Tired Voices: The 5 Habits of a Healthy Voice.
Overcoming common obstacles to telephone communication — A modern, zoned service center layout can play an important role in reducing distractions. Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, has researched office design in many fields including call centers. See the recommendations in the white paper, People-Focused Contact Centers.
Strategies for improving cooperation with other departments — Job shadowing is a powerful tool for breaking down barriers and developing positive relationships between individuals and departments. To learn more about job shadowing, see Manchester Metropolitan University’s excellent Job Shadowing Guidelines.