Combining roles to save cost is not always the right thing

Slightly cryptic title this week, but I was pondering a tricky issue whilst on holiday in our beautiful summerhouse in Finland (see the picture above for the view from the house at midnight!)  It’s an issue I’ve faced on more than  one occasion, and I haven’t always got it right.  A former colleague had contacted… Continue reading Combining roles to save cost is not always the right thing

5 workplace characters who stifle innovation and profitable growth

I use real life observations to highlight knowledge, experiences and learnings in my blog posts. Often, it’s easy to turn a negative experience into a positive learning. But sometimes, my inner demon comes out, and I feel the need to vent a little. This week’s cheeky tongue in cheek post pokes fun at characters and… Continue reading 5 workplace characters who stifle innovation and profitable growth

Can CX help prove the value of a diverse workforce?

Let me start this post by being clear – I don’t know the answer! But following a fascinating conversation with a respected contact, I thought it was worth discussing whether CX can help prove the value of a diverse workforce. The real challenge when I look at a typical diversity and inclusion (D&I) dashboard is that… Continue reading Can CX help prove the value of a diverse workforce?

Creating a coaching culture

If you wants to deliver a differentiated service to mark you out from the competition, the first place to look is within your existing team.  Your best  people deliver your values and behaviours in their customer interactions, but from a line manager’s perspective, it’s not easy to bring these aspects to life in brief weekly… Continue reading Creating a coaching culture

Why mental health “issues” makes me uncomfortable

Having “outed” myself very publicly in the workplace, and openly discussed my mental health condition, it felt like a really huge, and uncomfortable step – but one I did not regret. I realised that unlike many other aspects that may mark someone out as “different”, mental health has a certain stigma still attached to it.… Continue reading Why mental health “issues” makes me uncomfortable

This is how every customer call should start

“Hello there, it’s Amy here.  So how was your dress fitting?” It was like music to my ears, as I sat amongst my team in Bristol.  They deal with a complex insurance product, and customers need a lot of help to wade through the complexity of the policies to find the right product for them. … Continue reading This is how every customer call should start

Do you treat your customers as guilty until proven innocent?

Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve had the great misfortune to be put on trail – I’ve been questioned numerous times, told to submit electronic  and paper documents, I’ve been held up for hours, and faced lots of frustration, uncertainty, worry and doubt.  You might be wondering what terrible crime I have been charged with? … Continue reading Do you treat your customers as guilty until proven innocent?