Planning for COVID-19

Webinar Series

Planning for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, the changes and impacts will continue for some time. It’s during times like this when you need you remember that you are part of a community of best practice, so don’t be alone. The Forum is your friendly, safe environment for sharing ideas, top tips and pitfalls to avoid. In this time of uncertainty its important that we collaborate and work together, bringing together ideas and use this time as an opportunity to learn and continue to raise standards. 

 We have designed three short series of learning academy modules, along with a top-tips & pitfalls to avoid for homeworking webinar and then a virtual networking group to help you. Phil Anderson has written an article about some of the considerations you might need to make. 

To view series 1 and 2 you need to log in to the website. Click on My Account at the top right to register or log in. 

Free Webinar: 2023 Best Practice Programme

31st January 2023, 12pm

On the 31st January The Forum will be launching our 2023 best practice programme, which includes: virtual networking, learning from our award finalists, our customer strategy & planning conference, along with the community connection conference later in the year.

For those who follow The Forum, you will know that each year we reframe our thinking with an annual theme.

This year’s theme is designed to frame our thinking around the importance of numbers, people and relationships. When these come together, we are energised to drive action, bring the best out on each other and have the courage to innovate and improve. We are only as strong as the weakest link, fortunately almost 25-years of raising standards means our collective strength and health has never been better.

Join us for another year of improving, growing as a person and professional feel the value of the community.

Free Webinar: The Looming Contact Centre Agent Experience Crisis: Understand, Avoid, and Ascend in partnership with eGain

26th January 2023, 12:00

Agent experience (AX) and well-being are among the top priorities in contact centres, but did you know that they are in danger of slipping into a crisis because of the lack of modern knowledge tools in the agent desktop?
At this webinar, you will:
 - Learn from the horse's mouth (i.e., from agents themselves) what they are saying about their experience and how you can avoid the crisis with modern knowledge
 - Review the findings from a unique, agent-only survey, conducted by BenchmarkPortal, a leading contact centre benchmarking organisation
 - Learn what modern knowledge is and what it can do for AX (agent experience) and CX (customer experience). With Modern knowledge, you won't need to train agents endlessly on how to navigate customer conversations or have them read through voluminous documents and figure out an answer when the customer is on the line!

Free Webinar: How to Turn Customer Conversations into Actionable Insight in partnership with talkdesk

Watch at your own pace

Great insights help brands to strengthen their customer experience and adapt to the needs of their customers. Companies need the right tools to capture more data from conversations since these are a great way to gather insights.
 
At this webinar you will learn:
 - The 4 attributes of useful conversational insights
 - How to get the data for conversational insights
 - How AI can analyse conversations at scale

Free Webinar: Outsourcing

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What are the key ingredients for a Outsource partnership? This webinar will explore the advantages of working with a strategic partner to support and help you realise your goals.
 - Hear how you can stay in control and drive even better results
 - Learn best practice principles to build a great partnership
 - Gain valuable insight into the advantages of outsourcing

Free Webinar: Focus on what matters most

Watch at your own pace

The true success of any metric lies in the behaviour that it drives, so choose wisely what you report or target, and build a strong foundation of diagnostic measures first. Great performance doesn’t happen by chance. This webinar will:
 - Help you to understand how a metric can serve many purposes
 - How you move away from average and understand variability and change
 - Learn to influence and drive better decisions

Free Webinar: Best Practice Guide Review

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Let’s focus on the opportunity we have, as professionals, to drive improvement, whether in Planning, Insight or Customer Experience. Published earlier this year the 2022 Best Practice guide continues to be the Knowledge Management of thought leadership for the industry. This webinar will:
 - Introduce you to the key themes and trends to help you to be prepared for anything
 - Hear from members as they describe what they’ve learned form this year guide
 - Learn how to access a goldmine of content and be confident to succeed

Free Webinar: What are brand guardians and why are they important? In partnership with Calabrio

Hosted on 6th October 2022

The vast majority of consumers (97%) and contact centre managers (98%) agree that customer service interactions have an impact on customer loyalty.  Today, improving the customer experience (CX) is top of the business agenda and the role of contact centres is transforming – with agents starring as brand guardians. Train agents, and treat them well so they become your greatest assets with the power to influence the overall perception of your organisation, enhance customer loyalty and boost profits.  

Join us for an interactive discussion as we explore the importance of brand guardianship. Pick up a few tips and techniques: 

- How do you build a culture of brand guardianship?

- What qualities make a good brand guardian?

- What can managers do to recruit and nurture their brand saviours?

Sharing the latest research from across the UK, US, DACH, and Nordics, Ed Creasey from Calabrio will look at how agent stress, omnichannel assumptions, and data silos are just some of the factors eroding the brand experience and what you can do today to change that.

Free Webinar: What is happening with Contact Centre Employee Performance? In partnership with Centrical

Hosted on 29th Sept 2022

In these uncertain times, employee engagement is crucial. Hiring is becoming difficult and the cost of turnover is growing. How are contact centre leaders dealing with engaging their workforce? Chris Rainsforth and Ian Chappell will discuss the Centrical report “The Reality of Contact Centre Employee Performance” (based on the responses of 241 contact centre leaders).
 
To grow employee engagement, 64.7% of respondents plan to increase compensation and benefits, with scheduling flexibility (54.8%) and improving manager communications (56.4%) identified as key focus areas.
 
Uncover insights and advice on what industry leaders plan to do to ensure their employees are engaged and performing well:
 - Tracking and improving employee engagement
 - Key focus areas to enhance the employee experience
 - Top worker management priorities in the contact centre
 

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