Public companies live in dog years. Well, almost. Dogs age seven years per calendar year. Public companies live FOUR, sometimes painful, quarters per calendar year. Before starting GCS, I was a public company division President and vowed NEVER to live that life again. Every quarter was stressed with “making numbers”, “showing growth”, “getting wins”. Dog years!!
Today, soft skills, time management and problem-solving, are critical. Now, soft skills certification can be a difference-maker for many organizations.
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Businesses are always looking for the competitive edge. Finding and working that edge involves staying current and top-of-mind with clients and potential customers. It’s also about pushing the businesses to the forefront of innovation and agility, in both product and service development. It really is all about innovation. Processes often are repetitive for good reasons.
Each of our clients is unique, so it makes sense that we would have our own set of “uniquenesses.” We often hear our approach to People, Process and Technology is different from other BPOs.
What makes soft skills so hard to master? For contact center managers and supervisors, teaching adults in the workplace to relate more effectively and consistently to their customers and colleagues can feel like herding cats. Of course, it just feels that way -- soft skills can be learned, reinforced, and continually refined. As customer service experts, the development of soft skills is central to our ability to consistently meet our client’s service levels. That is why soft skills training is emphasized at GCS. Today we’re going to look into why soft skills training can be so challenging, and offer some practical advice for managers on how to train your trainers and staff.
Each year, we at GCS speak with many companies in the United States (and beyond) looking to improve their outsourced contact center results by switching from their current call center partner. And because most procurement professionals want to make sure they are doing their due diligence in speaking with the best of the crowded field of outsource call centers, they often ask us who are some of the other contractors and competitors we have in this space.