Dynamic, Voice Variety

Written by gcsagents on December 4, 2017

First, a short language lesson – the word ‘monotone’ which means a continuous, droning, and unchanging tone comes from the Greek word monotonia – meaning “one tone”. That word is also the root from which we get the word ‘monotonous’ – meaning dull and tedious. And that’s no coincidence. It’s no secret that the monotone voice

A Guide to Surviving the Holidays

Written by gcsagents on November 22, 2017

The holidays are here! Effective communication shouldn’t disappear just because family is near. Turn to these tips to survive the days, when your loved ones may tweak you in so many ways:   Tip #1: Control the controllables. Go into your holiday travels with a “let-it-go” mantra. You can’t control traffic, reckless drivers and misfit shoppers. You

Minimize Damage to Call Center Operations in the Face of Natural Disaster

Written by gcsagents on September 12, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of American families impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma over the last several weeks. We know that this is just the beginning of the recovery and restoration effort. Whether we are preparing for more hurricanes to come or winter weather slowing approaching, safety is absolutely

GCS’s Quick Reference Guide to Conference Call Etiquette & Productivity

Written by gcsagents on September 12, 2017

The conference call has become standard, operating procedure for business today. And, yet, we don’t talk enough about or train our teams on conference call etiquette and productivity; both of which are skills that can be learned by all. It just takes solid training, good leadership and a short list of guidelines that are easy to make happen.

Real Solutions for a Municipal Turnaround: How to Make Customers Happy, Engage Employees AND Stay Under Budget

Written by gcsagents on August 28, 2017

“So, what are real solutions in this business? What game plans, tools, and strategies exist for business leaders to manage real challenges? We need best-in-the-world resources to:

manage communication
take on human resource struggles
keep costs down.

It takes real solutions to find the talent, resources, and strategies to control these challenges.”

Contact Center Best Practices: 10 Areas of Focus

Written by gcsagents on February 15, 2017
contact center improvement

                  “You will never reach your destination if you throw stones at every dog that barks.” — Sir Winston Churchill   As history shows, Winston Churchill was right when he warned against the dangers of distraction. And as those of us in this industry know all too well, it’s very easy for center management to

Top Contact Center Industry Benchmarks

Written by gcsagents on February 4, 2017
contact center benchmarking

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu One of the most effective ways to determine how your contact center’s performance stacks up against other providers in your industry is to benchmark. Many enterprises are satisfied when their contact center meets goals

How to Develop a Contact Center Improvement Plan

Written by gcsagents on January 19, 2017
contact center improvement tools

How a 10-Point Improvement Tool Can Reshape Your Contact Center   “We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”                                                                                                                               Marshall McLuhan It’s true, the right tools make any job easier. It’s also true our tools must evolve to keep pace with a changing world. That’s especially true in the contact center as

Five Contact Center Trends to Follow in 2017

Written by gcsagents on January 4, 2017
contact cneter Trends 2017

A new year means new possibilities.  Since your looking to improve your contact center this year, let’s examine the trends driving our industry now. Here are some “hot button” issues that forward-thinking contact center professionals will be facing in the next few years. First, the very good news for the industry at-large: we are growing.

16 Keys to Successful Contact Center Outsourcing

Written by gcsagents on December 21, 2016

Trends toward outsourcing contact centers will gain momentum in 2017. In fact, one of our projects for this year is to combine 4 dispersed centers into one command center for our client. If you are considering reshoring, outsourcing or consolidating centers, now is the time to begin thinking about how we use outcomes and evidence