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Considerations in First Call Resolution Rates

First Call Resolution Rates in Help Desk or Call Centers

It is the dream of every business owner to become bigger, better, and to become a necessary staple in the mind and lives of customers. However, some might not consider the changes that go into accommodating this new and improved status. One of these changes will be the management of your phone system and the way your calls are handled. Once a business rises to a certain size, there has to either be an in-house call center or an outsourcing of these customer service calls to another location, preferably within the geographic area. Why is this? When a business receives a rise in their customer base numbers and want to continue this trend, there will have to be adjustments made to better serve this growing demographic by answering their questions and quelling their concerns. This is when either an evolved help desk system or call center implementation becomes necessary.

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How to Build Software Purchasing Buy-In with Senior Management

Senior Leadership Approval for New Software Products

Does your department need a new software product? Are you a project manager in charge of finding the latest technology for your people? Giva offers insight on the importance of appealing to senior management so as to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes in an article entitled, "Building Buy In: How to Get Senior Leaders On Board with Purchasing New Software," recently published on Business.com.

Opening meaningful dialogue with senior leaders sets a platform for effective communication. Giva's article outlines the four crucial components of conversation when seeking approval for a new product so that you, too, find success for management, you and your group.

5 Ways Leaders Benefit From Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness & Meditation

If you are one of the thousands striving to improve themselves, look no further! Before you search through a chaotic maze of solutions, know that introspection and mindfulness can save you the hassle.

Giva's recent business.com article 5 Ways Meditation and Mindfulness Can Impact Your Career lists five novel ways you can improve yourself and your leadership skills. It guides you through simple and concise tasks you can do at your convenience to ease yourself into a more mindful being.

3 Tips to Prepare for 2016 HIPAA Audits

HIPAA Audits

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) first began conducting HIPAA audits in 2014 and is continuing with phase two this year. The purpose of these audits is to ensure the protection of each individual's personal information. The second phase examines decryption and encryption, facility access controls, and additional high risk areas that have yet to be specified. If your company is being audited, it will receive an audit notification letter from the OCR and should plan for an estimated 30 to 90 day procedure.

With this knowledge, your company can begin to prepare for the assessments to make certain that you are ready.

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The Next Big Thing In Call Centers: The Emerging Model

Call Centers & The Emerging Model

Traditionally, call centers monitor the calls of customer service employees using methods such as random call monitoring selection, consistent monitoring of a small sample size of employees with five being the optimum number, and a checklist that evaluates the efficiency of the call. This is all done with the goal of decreasing variations between calls, increasing customer quality experiences, and combining all of the data gathered in hopes of creating a standard call checklist that meets all of those requirements. However, it has been revealed that not only is this method of call monitoring and quality assurance outdated, it is also relatively ineffective when compared to the information and results that could be obtained through the usage of the increasingly popular Emerging Model.

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Improving Information Security with IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

ITIL & Information Security & Protection

If your company is bewildered with the relationship between the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and security, you are not alone. Protecting any information is a daunting task, but ITIL can help to bring you to the finish line.

Giva's article, How can IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) improve information security?, recently published by betanews.com, elucidates why ITIL is a very effective way to cork any security holes, and details which specific processes are the best for the task.

Benefits of Consumer Communications Management

Customer Service Communications

The importance and value of cultivating and maintaining customer relationships cannot be overstated. Any business that fails to cater to their customers in ways that are business efficient as well as positively reinforcing, are doing themselves a great disservice. Businesses tend to understate the importance of customer relations management, only focusing on problem solving, rarely prevention. This is a mistake that can cost them dearly. It is rare that businesses can be effective and efficient in all areas. There are three big benefits to having a separate customer service division:

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Business Acquisitions and the Effects on Employees

Business Acquisitions & Employee Management

Newton's Third Law of Motion in physics says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. One may be asking, what does this have to do with business acquisition and the effects and current management and the rest of the employees? The answer to that would be everything. Like most things in life, this statement can be used in a different context than the one it was originally intended, but for this purpose, it will be related to the context of business.

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How to Negotiate a Software License Agreement

Negotiating Software License Agreements

Is your company in the process of selecting a software vendor? Before signing on the dotted line you will want to establish important clarifications and comparisons between vendors as you walk through the process of negotiating a software license agreement (SLA). At face value, negotiating SLA's may seem like a daunting task. With so many aspects to consider, this process can be overwhelming.

In Giva's recent Business.com article "Before You Sign: Important Questions to Ask When Negotiating Software License Agreement," you can learn how to compare software license agreements to fulfill your company's needs. This guide walks you through which questions to ask to ensure that the best option for your company is cost-effective, flexible, and time efficient enabling your business to achieve its full potential.

Customer Service Success from Top Customer Service Companies

Top Customer Service Companies

Last year's Customer Service Hall of Fame list from 24/7 Wall St. highlights the top ten businesses with an "excellent" rating and can be found here. With the list of companies established, the question becomes what makes their customer service so great? Let's zero in on the top five: Kroger, Marriott, Apple, Chick-fil-A, and Amazon to find out.

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