August 2018

Create a positive work environment for your team — A positive environment contributes to better service, happier customers, and customer service reps who are more confident about their service skills. The following resources will help:

• Suggestions from JoAnna Brandi on how to  “pivot” toward positivity.

• Advice from Brandi and other experts on making a positive impression on customers. Handout.

• Our Frontline Spotlight Award, a low-cost way to recognize and reward reps for maintaining a positive attitude.

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July 2018

Celebrating the telephone — In July 1875 inventor Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call. To celebrate, here are five essential phone skills that all service providers must master.

Reduce eye strain with the 20-20-20 rule — The American Optometric Association recommends the 20-20-20 rule to guard against eye strain. Print, cut, and share this helpful graphic

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July 2018

This month service leaders showed reps how to stand out and make a difference. The following resources will help you recognize those efforts and ensure that your entire team stands out.

• Information on our Frontline Spotlight award, a low-cost way to recognize stand-out reps.

• A blog post by Jeff Toister on the importance of developing a service culture.

• A radio broadcast with Shep Hyken and Gigi Butler on how to stand out from the competition.

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June 2018

The benefits of teamwork — Becoming a cohesive, high-performing team that motivates and supports each other helps everyone to perform at a higher level overall and provides a more positive customer experience. Here’s how.

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May 2018

Support your reps’ efforts to obtain customer feedback — John Goodman, vice chairman of Customer Care Measurement & Consulting (CCM&C), and author of Customer Experience 3.0, shares two recent documents to help managers obtain, understand, and use customer feedback. They include:

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April 2018

There’s much that managers can do to alleviate stress in the workplace — Service expert Genella MacIntyre recommends that managers help their teams by monitoring stress levels, providing back up, offering praise, and setting up a quiet room. These resources provide additional insights:

Tips and techniques for setting up a quiet room

Five steps to help managers reduce stress, a leadership article from Genella MacIntyre.

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April 2018

The “Little Tramp” reminds us to smile — Humor can be useful during interactions with customers because it helps to diffuse anger and initiate problem solving. But, be sure to avoid the Four Nots of humor.

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March 2018

Train your reps to handle customers online and via social media — Online service skills are a growing necessity for reps in today’s digital communication age. Managers need to make sure their reps are prepared. Here are some resources:

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