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What Exactly Is Employee Experience?

Today’s post was originally published on Forbes on February 1, 2019. I’ve made some modifications to that original post.

It’s starting to happen. I hear it. I see it. Finally.

It’s not perfect, but we’re making progress. I’ll take progress at this point. It’s better than nothing.

What am I talking about?

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Customer Service Happens When the Experience Breaks Down

Understanding the difference between customer experience and customer service will save you money in your contact center!

There’s a quote (which I may have evolved over the years) from Chris Zane, founder of Zane’s Cycles, that goes like this: “Customer service is what happens when the experience breaks down.”

It’s a great quote for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it nicely differentiates “customer experience” and “customer service,” which people often confuse to be one and the same. Not so.

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Nobody Cares About Your Sustainability Report

As many large companies prepare next year’s sustainability reports, it’s important to note that nobody cares.

Well, very few people care, and they fall into three little buckets:

First, specialized interest (or pressure) groups await the reports so they can check on how badly companies are falling short on whatever idealized goals the groups have set.

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Futurelab joins forces with infinit.cx as an independent subsidiary

A couple of months ago, we announced that Futurelab had become a partner infinit.cx, a leader in complex contact centre solutions which has a long list of successful customer experience stories in Germany. Today, we are happy to announce that we have gone further in our partnership. From now Futurelab will be an independent subsidiary of infinit.cx GmbH.

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Futurelab’s founder will be judging at the International Customer Experience Awards 2019

Less than a month separates us from one of the most inspiring events in the CX world – the International Customer Experience Awards 2019. And this year our consultancy company will be again in the center of it. 

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How To Interest Your Colleagues in the Customer Voice

Customer-centricity starts by listening to the customer. But in many organisations it seems that the further you get away from the customer (research) department, the less people actually listen.

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CX Journey™ Musings: Hiring for Culture Fit

Is hiring for culture fit a good idea?

In the last several weeks, I’ve seen a couple articles – in reputable publications like Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal – about the “dangers of hiring for culture fit.” They cited that hiring for culture fit destroys things like diversity, creativity, and innovation. And then I saw the responses on LinkedIn because it became a “today’s news and views” topic, and I was baffled.

Oh boy. I think we need to start with some definitions.

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Privacy: Hassle or Customer-Centric Opportunity?

When it comes to managing the digital customer experience, there’s an interesting duality all of us need to deal with:

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CX Journey™ Musings: In the Name of Humanity…

As a customer experience professional, you focus a lot on the customer. You put the customer on a pedestal. You put the customer front and center. And rightly so; without customers, you have no business. But you have to remember this: in order to deliberately design a customer-centric culture, you must put employees more first. Only when employees have a great experience can customers have a great experience, too.

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