Calibration Is Key to Improving Quality

Brad Cleveland

Calibration is the process in which variations in the way performance criteria are interpreted from person to person are minimized. It is an essential aspect of understanding and continually improving the quality of service you deliver.

Stay in Sync with Effective Calibration


In order to have a successful and credible Quality Management program, calibrations should be included as a key driver. Calibrations ensure fairness for your internal staff, from a strategy perspective, and help deliver a consistent customer experience. Choose your calibration type.

Bring Quality Standards to Life with Calibration and Coaching

Brad Cleveland

Calibration is an important tool for ensuring consistency in interpreting performance. Coaching’s not a prescription for … Call Center Contact Center Customer Service Leadership Quality Management Brad Cleveland calibration coaching quality management

Calibration Is Key to Improving Quality

Brad Cleveland

Calibration is the process in which variations in the way performance criteria are interpreted from person to person are minimized. A high level of calibration provides consistency, reduces the likelihood of agents questioning fairness, and is a means for continuously developing and assessing monitoring … Call Center Contact Center Customer Service Quality Management Brad Cleveland quality management

Quality and Clarity: Passing and Receiving the Communication Baton

Contact Center Pipeline

Communication call center coaching communication contact center QM calibration quality assurance quality monitoringPassing the baton” refers to handing over a particular duty or responsibility to someone, as in a relay race.

5 Essential Tips for Developing a Quality Program

Contact Center Pipeline

Quality call center contact center QM calibration quality assurance service qualityThere is an old Japanese proverb that says: “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” When consulting companies on their quality assurance programs, I often find that this proverb rings true. I commonly will find a great vision without a plan, or a great plan that doesn’t relate back to […].

Quality Assurance Implementation: In With the New… AND the Old?

CSR Inc.

Calibrations Aren’t Just a Chore. Calibrations Aren’t Just a Chore. One of the ways in which managers can support their team is to ensure that supervisors have the time they need to undertake routine calibrations. Calibrations run smoothest when healthy conversation is fostered.

Quality Assurance – Avoiding Gray Areas

Taylor Reach Group

It is gray areas that cause problems in calibrations when providing feedback. By: Colin Taylor. When we are thinking about our Quality Assurance (QA) processes, we need to ask ourselves, “Are we measuring the right elements and in the right ways?” What I mean by this is “Are our measurements concrete enough?” If we are employing a 10-point scale, can anyone really explain and rationalize a 6 versus a 7?

3 Reasons Why Customer Satisfaction Should Not Replace Quality Assurance

Customer Service Life

In a recent quality calibration with a client, we were reviewing a particular interaction where the agent had given an incorrect answer that would likely require the customer to call back. This is one easy way to insert CSAT into your quality calibrations and coaching.

Call Center Quality Assurance Best Practices for Empowering Agents


Effective QA programs actively engage their agents at all stages of the program, including development, roll-out, calibration and continuous improvement. If you already have a QA program, involve agents in calibration sessions and providing feedback to enhance the evaluation form periodically, but no less often than every 6 months. Call Center Quality Assurance Best Practices for Empowering Agents. 7/23/2018. By Donna Fluss.

10 Steps to Creating Great Outsourcing Partnerships

Taylor Reach Group

6) Calibrate on quality: You know what your customers need, and your quality system should reflect that knowledge. Calibration calls help keep everyone aligned. Calibration can be done a number of ways. Separate from calibration, the partner should be regularly monitoring each individual for quality, according to your standards. By: Peg Ayers , MBA, CCXP. Outsourcing your Contact Center can be a scary proposition. You feel like you’re losing control.

Call Recording for BPOs and Call Center Outsourcers


Calibration tables to standardize service level expectations and measure quality across sites, teams and agents. As a BPO or call center outsourcer, you are potentially taking over a role your clients cannot manage on their own or don’t want to handle any longer.

Putting Humanity in Contact Centers

Customer Relationship Metrics

Think about the evaluation, the calibration, and the coaching. During the Survey Calibration process, those survey results would be moved from Suzie to Johnny where they should be based on the customer’s comments.

Getting Customer Satisfaction and Quality in Sync

Call Center Weekly

One way to do this is through QA calibrations. By Sean Hawkins There's no getting around it ! Support teams dislike the QA team! This seems to be problem particularly when someone received a score that is lower than they expected.

Call Quality Monitoring Dos and Don’ts


Letting agents listen and score their calls before talking about them, involving them in calibrations, and listening to top performers helps create a collaborative feeling that improves coaching effectiveness. DO: Hold recurring calibration sessions.

The Three C's For Meaningful Performance Reviews

CX Accelerator

When you engage your employees through the narrative of celebrating, calibrating, and cultivating, they will walk out of their review refreshed and ready to attack the new year! CALIBRATE A performance appraisal is not the time for new coaching. The review session is the right time to calibrate any existing coaching plans and set exceptionally clear expectations around performance for the following year.

How Important is Training for Call Center Supervisors & Managers?

CSR Inc.

Using the wrong metrics – or poorly calibrated data – can end up doing even more harm to your call center than a lack of data. Customer Service Starts With Coaching the Coaches Many times when we think about Call Center Quality Assurance , we focus our attention on the front line agents.

The Coming Disruption of the Contact Center Outsourcing Industry

Taylor Reach Group

Internally the quality assessors can calibrate between themselves. But calibrating with the client is much more challenging. The calibrated calls become a sample of this small sample. Of course, every time someone on the CCO or client team leaves or moves onto another role, the calibration process must be reset. By: Colin Taylor. The Contact Center outsourcing industry is a significant piece of the customer service and support landscape.

Mystery Call Coaching: Leveraging Measurement to Achieve Improvement

CSR Inc.

Here are 3 recommendations for implementing a consistent call center coaching program : Perform regular calibrations to keep coaching fresh and consistent. Managers should be involved with the calibrations, but should also observe coaching sessions and provide coach feedback.

Closer to the Customer

Service Agility

While you need to be careful about over-reacting to a single instance, the value of listening to the transaction is that it encourages a response much more effectively than a single low rating in a satisfaction report.Group calibration sessions. The deepest dig into a service transaction happens during calibration sessions. The focus of calibration, of course, is getting everyone in line regarding ratings.

3 Big Themes from the Most Dedicated CX Experts in the World


Processes and feedback mechanisms must be set up or re-calibrated. The Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) 2018 Insight Exchange offered CX experts and professionals of all kinds, various titles and comfort levels a few days to learn, connect and get inspired.

Beware of Snake Oil and Hiring Assessments

Toister Performance Solutions

These profiles are often generic and not calibrated to your employees. If you do consider an assessment, make sure you calibrate it first. One question I'm often asked is what hiring assessments do I recommend for screening customer service employees. I'm always cautious about these, as some assessment vendors seem like the modern-day equivalent of a snake oil salesperson. "It It will cure anything," they say, even though it actually won't.


Sikorski's Think Abouts

Provide the calibration function. What will coaching do? Correct undesirable behaviors. Improve communications skills. Increase productivity. Decrease Employee Turnover. Staff will become more engaged. Result in suggestions to improve procedures. Optimize Contact Center performance. Role of your Supervisors/Team Leaders. Must meet Objectives and KPIs. Own the quality of their team. Identify opportunities to improve each agent. Modify agent behavior through coaching.


Sikorski's Think Abouts

Performance Standards (Calibration) Chart. A formal policy should be in place and detail: Performance Guidelines. Tools and Measurements. How reviews and scores will be communicated. Here are the components: Performance Evaluation Policy Form. Quality Monitoring Form. Performance Evaluation Form. If you would like samples of these forms, please send me your email and I will gladly share. Trends in Quality Assurance: Less punishment more training. Cheaper data storage.

6 KPIs to Guarantee Success from Your Outsource Call Center

Outsource Consultants

This includes ensuring the agents receive the proper training, quality management, and calibrations to drive high-level performance. The biggest challenge when working with a call center outsourcing partner is making sure they’re providing consistent, ongoing performance.

Sneak Peek: 2019 Customer Experience Trends


Spotify, for example, has garnered millions of fans with their music recommendation algorithms that curate Discover Weekly playlists calibrated to individual listeners’ preferences. If you’re starting to forge a customer experience (CX) strategy for 2019, you’re not alone.

3 Consulting Strategies to Improve Call Center Performance

Outsource Consultants

Building of ongoing calibration procedures. In a recent article , Daniela gives the following tips for call centers to improve themselves and avoid complacency: Game plan changes based on self-assessment and the state of the company.

The 3 Whys Behind Yes/No Quality Scoring

Customer Service Life

It’s challenging to define a quality customer service interaction but essential if you’re going to deliver any level of consistent service to customers — let alone get agents and supervisors to all understand and agree on the standard ( this is called calibration ).

Why Customer Experience is Like Sex in High School

Customer Relationship Metrics

So to be transparent with you, we conducted Survey Calibration on the post-call IVR surveys collected for “Contact Center A”. Just as in your internal quality monitoring program (iQM), you conduct calibration for accuracy and fairness, so must you for your customers’ quality monitoring.

9 Questions to Ask When Designing a Quality Program

Customer Service Life

If you can document the answers to these nine questions, your agents will have a clear understanding of what’s expected of them and the supervisors performing the quality monitors will be aligned or calibrated with one another.

Time to Fire your Training Department?


I was on one of those dreaded calibration calls with an external client — you know, that conference call where you randomly listen to a phone call from a customer and critique how well the representative did. Please stop me when this sounds familiar.

Call Centers Go Home: Successfully Managing Remote Front Line Agents

CSR Inc.

Call center managers and supervisors can foster team cohesion by hosting regular team meetings to discuss the project and/or calibrate if needed.It’s First, some bragging rights: we’re early adopters. Ted Turner once said “I was cable before cable was cool.”

Call Center Quality

Insite Managed Solutions

– How do we measure calibration effectiveness? Does Your Contact Center Quality Monitoring Process Add Value? Most contact centers have a quality program that monitors a certain number of calls per month based on the number of agents and an identified sample size.

4 Reasons Your Quality Management Stinks

Customer Centric Support

Many of us work hard on this concept of “calibration,” which in QM world is training people to give a similar score for recurring behaviors. Tips for creating a customer-centric quality management program. When implemented well, a Quality Management program has the potential to revolutionize both the agent and the customer experience. The sad reality is that most QM programs do more harm than good.

25 Call Center Leaders Share the Most Effective Ways to Boost Contact Center Efficiency


Isolating the most important behaviors at the agent and team level reinforcing them consistently thorough training, recognition, calibration, and call coaching. Most call centers struggle with efficiency at one time or another.

Where Are You on The Spectrum of Agent Performance

Customer Relationship Metrics

Ownership is key to these programs and are enabled by the Survey Calibration process. Far too many people that are responsible for Voice of the Customer programs in contact centers are consumed with getting their daily tasks done (and putting out the fires).

Cloud Communications: The Instrumental Enabler of the Mobile, Remote and Millennial-Dominated Workforce

EPIC Connections

Implementation Services : Seamlessly deploy cloud communications applications, ensuring tight integration, testing, calibration, functionality, and team training. The way we work is undoubtedly changing.

Agent Attrition: Time for a Change

Service Agility

It seems that we need to re-calibrate our approach to find any annual attrition rates in double digits (or more) to be a red flag. Originally published in the Contact Center Pipeline, September 2014 “Well, you know, it is a call center.” That phrase always seems to be uttered at some point when discussing turnover at a contact center. It suggests a certain resignation to a situation that is not only problematic on its own, but symptomatic of bigger issues in an organization.

Is Outbound Telesales Making a Comeback?

Robert Davis

By Nick Jiwa , President of CustomerServ ( Originally Published on March 26, 2018 at [link] ). The death knell for outbound telesales has sounded countless times over the years.

Customer Experience + Marketing: Pro’s & Con’s


Help them compare notes, calibrate cadences, establish continuity and drive synergies. Customer Experience + Marketing: Pro’s & Con’s Lynn Hunsaker. What happens when the Chief Marketing Officer doubles as Chief Customer Experience Officer?

5 Must-Haves for a Successful Call Center Quality Program

CSR Inc.

It is important to understand how often the vendor will review progress and use your goals and success criteria to calibrate your firm’s call center efforts to consistently stay on target. An effective call center quality program is vital to keeping your call center running at peak efficiency. But making sure the program itself is also high quality is just as critical. At best, a poorly-designed or badly-executed program will give you an inaccurate picture of what’s working and what’s not.

Is outbound telesales making a comeback?

Robert C. Davis and Associates

By Nick Jiwa , President of CustomerServ ( Originally Published on March 26, 2018 at [link] ). The death knell for outbound telesales has sounded countless times over the years.

Customer Experience + Marketing: Pro’s & Con’s


Help them compare notes, calibrate cadences, establish continuity and drive synergies. Customer Experience + Marketing: Pro’s & Con’s. What happens when the Chief Marketing Officer doubles as Chief Customer Experience Officer?