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Clutch Taps GCS Agents as Top Performing BPO

A great BPO company can supercharge your business’ operational flexibility. The perks of working with an outsourcing company are getting skilled and experienced team members working on your projects.

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Customer Loyalty, and Retention in a Post-COVID World: A Customer Service State of Mind

All global economies have been impacted by a non-selective economic catalyst. COVID-19 has altered consumers' behaviors within global economies. And change has been inevitable, especially for customer service.

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

Everybody has experienced a conference call.

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

Managing a customer call or service center is a lot about managing the numbers. Both the macro ones – how many calls, how many agents. And the micro ones -  how many calls can one agent take on, how many calls can one agent take on happily.

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Five Things to Ask a Contact Center Vendor Before Hiring Them

"When your vendor is interacting directly with your customers on behalf of your company, questions you ask before hiring them need to be deeper, more pointed and increasingly challenging."

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How Does Your Contact Center Vendor Measure Up?

"A strong vendor management program can properly locate & manage the right vendor partner in a crowded and chaotic competitive field."

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Paratransit Call Center Case Study

How GCS Turned an Ailing Paratransit Call Center into a Platform for P3 Best Practices  

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Contact Center Workforce Optimization & Management

  "The best workforce optimization goes beyond the numbers & cultivates an understanding about how the numbers impact workforce management."

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Best Practices  |  Call Center Optimization Forum  |  Call Center Tips  |  Management  |  Performance

The 3 Part Formula for Contact Center Success

"Measuring the Right KPIs can Get & Keep Your Call Center Operating at a High Efficiency"

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Call Center Staffing Solutions

It’s no secret that starting with good people makes a huge difference. Finding the best contact center staff for the job can be a big challenge. Mistakes here can really set back an operation. Defining the right skill sets to recruit will vary based on the needs of a center.

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Global eConnect

You cannot do it all. In almost every client presentation we are asked to provide a service that is NOT our core competency. GCS provides outsourced teleservices for customer sales, service and support (CSSS). Oftentimes there are fringe services that bolt on to CSSS and it makes sense to subcontract those activities through us. In these cases, we take on the role of Trusted Advisor.

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Tips for Collaborating in the Workplace

In his famous one-hit-wonder “Ice, Ice, Baby,” Vanilla Ice tells us to “Stop, collaborate and listen.” It’s catchy and there’s also some truth to what he’s saying. Collaboration is an important workplace practice. Whether you’re giving a supervisor your input on a new program or you’re building out a proposal for a potential new client, collaboration is key.

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Is B2B for Me?

We know customers.

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Be a Resource for Others

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Increase the Level Of Business in Your Daily Routine

In our last employee survey we asked for ideas from our employees about how they increase our level of business performance in their daily routines.  We got some great tips! Here they are:

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Domestic Help or Work Abroad? Deciding where to Outsource Your Business Services

Is your business thinking about outsourcing your interaction center and BPO processes? If so, you’re facing a complex set of decisions that will affect customer care and communication. 

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Principles for Leadership from Dr. Gerald Bell

About two years ago our company had Dr. Gerald Bell come to speak on leadership and management strategies.  I was unable to attend his event myself, but I am consistently reminded of some of his principles (which I find very useful!). This morning, our Vice President of Human Resources, Bucky Cline, saw fit to remind us, of some of the strategies that can help us be the best leaders and employees we can be.  If you would like to learn more from Dr. Bell, check out one of his numerous books or sign up for a seminar!

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Be A Coach, not a Supervisor.

We certainly did not know exactly what to expect with the CMRxchange webinar. Holly Czuba, George Simons and I accepted the offer to present a live session on coaching, communication and collaboration to an online audience of contact center professionals.

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CRMXchange Webinar; Coaching with Style goes well!

  Greg Alcorn, Coaching with Style Webinar during CRMXchange virtual conference.

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Changing Language in Your Contact Center Can Make You More Professional and Accurate

How do you feel when someone says the word “telemarketing?” Most people cringe a little inside. Why? Because it sounds negative.

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Intersecting Sports and the Contact Center World

One might think that the world of sports has little to nothing in common with the contact center industry but that is not true.

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Leadership by Listening; Leadership & Management

When you see someone visiting your site, it is human nature to question their motive: are they a client or prospect? are they an auditor? is something important happening?

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Tips & Activities for Team Building in the Workplace

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

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Personal Growth [Expressed Interest]

Yogi Berra said lots of funny, mixed up quotes. “You can’t think and hit a baseball at the same time” was one of my favorites. It sounds strange, but makes sense when you put it in the context of learning. Professional baseball players practice and drill so that instincts  take over in the millisecond they have for deciding whether to swing the bat.

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Expand Your Operations Off-Shore Using a Build Operate Transfer Model

Smart companies looking to expand into foreign markets are now considering the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. Companies often recognize the cost-savings opportunities and/or strategic advantages of establishing an off-shore presence. However, the task of establishing that off-shore presence may seem daunting due to the numerous risks, as well as the time and effort involved.

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Are You an Innie or an Outtie? 6 Reasons to Outsource and 1 Easy Way to Decide What to Outsource

Successful businesses lean into their differentiator to dominate the market. This is the thing that you do better than anyone else; it’s your core strength and competitive advantage. However, you can’t just focus on your strengths: your business needs to be a master in each phase of the operation. 

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Top Performer Tips from the Wheeling Contact Center

A great thing about the new year is you can look back and see what experiences provided new working knowledge that you can apply in the new year. For some top performers in Wheeling, WV, last year was filled with learning opportunities and personal success, which helped define the new goals for this year.

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Turn Down the Noise [When Customers Complain]

Explain to the Customer about Exemptions to the DNC

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Even Google Understands the Value of Dialog with Your Customers

I recently read an article about Google and their roll out of contact center support of their AdWords service. The article is a reminder of how important solid customer service is and how, when done right, the experience can transform a perceived cost center into a real revenue opportunity.

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Leadership Rowan ~ Simulated Society ~ Lessons Learned

I've had the good fortune to be provided with the opportunity to take part in a year long leadership class.  Leadership Rowan is  designed to prepare individuals to assume leadership roles in the county and to further enhance the abilities of existing leaders.  One day each month from September to May we will meet at a different location within the community and learn how that aspect of the community functions.  For example, there is a criminal justice day, a county history day, an arts & culture day and a healthcare day, just to name a few.

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The Evil Micromanager. Or, when it's OK to Micromanage...

Micromanaging has a negative connotation associated with it. And rightly so. No one likes to have their boss breathing down their neck, making decisions for them. All employees appreciate a certain amount of autonomy in their work. It allows for ownership of their work. It allows for a more engaged employee. Don't agree? Check out the video in this post.

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