Annette Franz (Gleneicki)

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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Feedback Maps: Inventory and Make Sense of Your Voc Data

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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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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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Do Customers Really Want to Be in Control?

I originally wrote today’s post for Forbes. It appeared on Forbes on March 5, 2019.

“Customers are connected.” “Customers are more-informed than ever.” “Customers trust each other more than brands.” “Customers have the power.” “Customers are in control.”

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Linking Behaviors to Core Values

I write about organizational culture and core values quite often. One of my most recent articles on this topic was about whether or not employees believe in their companies’ core values. In that post, I shared this statistic from Gallup: only 23% of U.S. employees believe that they can apply the core values to their work, while only 27% believe in the values. That’s pretty dismal, and I think I know why that’s the case.

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The “New” Purpose of a Business

It all starts with CEO commitment.

Customer experience professionals got an early Christmas present last week in the form of a revised statement on the “purpose of a corporation.” Well, it was a revision for the CEOs at the Business Roundtable, but many of us already know what the purpose of a business is.

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Deliver New Value to Your Customers With Future-State Journey Mapping

Are you using journey mapping to design a better future-state experience and to deliver new value for your customers – with your customers?

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5 Key Building Blocks of a Winning Customer Experience Strategy

I originally wrote today’s post for Kayako. It appeared on their blog on March 1, 2019.
 
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