My Transcom Experience

Author: Tanja Lohrmann

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A cross-country coaching project raises the level of customer satisfaction reported in multilingual contact centers

Transcom is a multinational company with a major global presence and offices in 21 countries on five continents. We offer customer care, sales and technical assistance services in 33 languages.  In Europe, we have several specialist multilingual hubs, including in Budapest, Gdansk, Olsztyn, Belgrade and Riga. Each and every day, our highly qualified customer experience professionals make every effort to create the best possible contact experience for users of every nationality. But to put customers at ease and make them feel that they are fully understood, language fluency is not enough on its own.

It is equally essential to be empathetic and able to interact using the most appropriate idioms and the most effective interpersonal approach, which depends exclusively on the cultural background in each individual country. To develop this knowledge and these skills, we can draw on Transcom’s extensive global presence. We have therefore organized cross-country coaching sessions, inviting expert native speakers to teach multilingual hub teams about the cultural peculiarities of the countries in which users live, in such a way that their contact experience is an even more enjoyable one.

Last summer, for example, we organized a collaboration project between the Rostock (Germany) and Riga (Latvia) sites to help the Riga team improve the level of customer satisfaction. The contact center in Riga provides customer care services in many languages, including German, for an important European bank. The German team in Riga has excellent language skills, but despite this, the customer satisfaction levels measured did not fully meet the standards set by the client. Transcom implemented a fast and effective solution: it was decided to send an expert team leader who is a native German speaker from Rostock to Riga to work alongside the German language team.

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Sascha is the German team leader who flew to Riga to coach the Latvian team

An in-depth quality analysis was performed by listening to calls, revealing some areas for improvement in terms of the language conventions used by various operators during conversations with German customers.

The German team leader worked in close contact with his Latvian colleagues to fill these gaps. He trained the agents involved during special classroom workshops and worked alongside them one by one during calls. At the end of the coaching sessions, a list of “dos and don’ts” when dealing with German customers was prepared and shared with the entire team. As a result of the coaching activities, the Latvian team gained greater sensitivity and awareness about certain cultural peculiarities typical of customers with a German background, e.g. finding the right balance between expressions of courtesy and active listening signals. The reasons for the call are now clearly summarized at the outset to avoid misunderstandings. In addition, effective phrases and formulations have been developed to manage more complex interactions that might evolve into an escalation.

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The team leaders (on the left) and some of the operators who took part in the Riga coaching project

The collaboration between the Rostock and Riga sites will continue in the future. This brief cross-country coaching project has already brought huge benefits to all the subjects involved, and first and foremost to our customers. We work incessantly to improve our services and the customer experience we offer. Our huge global network of contact centers allows us to share knowledge and experiences that help our clients improve their business results.

Author: Stefan Pettersson

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Care every day

”At first I was a bit hesitant to leave my beloved Matteo with strangers. However, as a single mother, I needed the help and I have never regretted taking this opportunity. Matteo has developed and learned a lot, he is happy to mingle with the other children and is becoming more and more responsible”, says Marjorie Furo.
Marjorie Furo playing with her son Matteo at Transcom's Pasig site in Manila, Philippines

Marjorie Furo playing with her son Matteo at Transcom’s Pasig site in Manila, Philippines

Marjorie Furo is one of many employees in the Philippines that recognizes the value of the child care center. The Pasig site in Manila, where Marjorie works, was the first BPO in the Philippines to establish a 24/7 childcare center, where the employees can drop off their children while working. The center is managed by registered nurses and child psychologists.

The center was built in 2011 and to this day, the facility is the only one of its kind in the Philippines. The center was originally planned to be open for six months only, but the operations were eventually made permanent due to outstanding support from both the Transcom management and the employees. Due to its success, Transcom now has child care facilities in all of its sites in the Philippines.

“For employees to be able to give their best at work, their worries should be minimized. For parents, especially single mothers, child care is among the highest priorities, and this is the driving force behind the establishment of the Transcom child care program”, says Siva Subramaniam, Regional General Manager for English-speaking markets and Asia-Pacific.

Article originally published in the Hello Transcom magazine
Author: Roberto Boggio

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Let’s support the Italian people struck by the earthquake!

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Italy early morning Wednesday August 24. Rescuers are searching through the rubble hoping to find someone still alive and relief groups are mobilizing. I want to reassure everybody that no one of our Transcom sites has been damaged and no injuries has been reported for our Transcom employees.

Significant damages have been reported in cities close to Rieti (Rome area): the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto village in central Italy are the worst affected areas.

The latest bulletin reports that nearly 250 people have died but 215 have been saved by the rescue teams. In addition, several smaller earthquakes are still hitting the area, creating panic among the population and making the rescue operations even more complex.

Let’s support the Italian people struck by the earthquake!

We want to reassure everyone that all our Transcom Italy employees are reported to be safe.

We would like to help in any possible way. To do so, we wish to share with the entire Transcom community several easy ways to contribute and help.

Donations

Thanks to everyone who will contribute with a donation.

Because Transcom Cares!

Author: Magdalena Szałaj

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Transcom adds new client in the white goods sector

Another white goods client was recently added to the Transcom portfolio. The Chinese multinational in question, a global leader in the consumer electronics and white goods sector, designs, develops, produces and markets many different items, including air-conditioners, smartphones, computers, microwave ovens, washing machines, refrigerators and TVs.

Various major brands in the consumer electronics and durable goods segments have already entrusted their customer care and technical assistance services to Transcom in various parts of the world. Our expertise in this specific sector was without a doubt a contributing factor to the decision made by our new client.

Currently, the Transcom team provides inbound and outbound support in nine languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Flemish, Dutch and Polish. The team provides assistance to end customers, stores and repair centers through various contact channels: telephone, email, live chat and also social media in some countries. Most of the team members work out of our Gdansk site (one of our leading multilanguage hubs), but a number of Transcom specialists have also been transferred to work in several of the Client’s European offices (in France, Italy, Spain and Germany), with a view to coordinating work and facilitating the sharing of information and know-how. The tasks assigned to them include the management of customer care services provided over the chat channel and through the client’s Facebook page.

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Virtual image of the showroom project devised for the client

Transcom has adopted an innovative approach in order to help its operators gain a perfect understanding of the products for which they are providing technical and commercial assistance. In a joint initiative with the client, Transcom has created a showroom for its team at the center of the operations area where customer care services are handled. This not only gives operators some firsthand experience of the various products during training, but also simplifies relations with users and makes the service more effective, because the products in question are right there next to their work stations.

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Operators at work in Gdansk and the showroom containing the client’s products behind them

Transcom is constantly working on new solutions, new processes and new approaches to offer its clients’ end customers the best possible experience. The showroom in the operating area and the transfer of Transcom personnel to several of the Client’s sites is giving a powerful boost to this important new partnership, which has looked set right from the outset to grow and be consolidated in the future.

Author: Stefan Pettersson

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Having customer focus

Ensuring that Transcom is bolstering its customer experience is a top priority for Cheryll Aganda.
Moving from the warm tropical Philippines to the freezing temperatures in Sweden may seem like an odd choice for some. But for Cheryll Aganda, it was an inspiring opportunity. In November 2015, Cheryll Aganda moved to Stockholm and started her job as global operational development director at the Stockholm head office. Her main focus is process standardization and optimization, while still supporting efforts to strengthen Transcom’s value proposition within Customer Experience.

“I am both happy and challenged in my new role, because I see this as a fundamental platform for bringing the regions together – not only to share best practices, but also to collaborate and influence positive changes on the customer and employee experience.”

In the Philippines, Cheryll Aganda worked as senior director for Customer Experience Management. She feels that the years she spent with the Asia Leadership team allowed her to grow both personally and professionally.

“The topic of Customer Experience is often considered as one of the primary selling points of our business. But I believe that at Transcom, we have taken significant steps to ensure that we fully execute on this value proposition.”

So, what are the biggest differences between the Philippines and Sweden? “The weather and the darkness. I arrived in November and the sun sets already in the early afternoon! But I am beginning to adapt to these changes.”

Article originally published in the Hello Transcom magazine. Text: Malin Larshammar Photo: Jennifer Glans
Author: Philip Sköld

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Innovation in all channels

The rapid digital transformation affects all industries. With more products and more complex services, the demands are increasing for a flexible customer service that can serve all channels on the customer’s terms. At the same time, the customer experience itself has become an increasingly important way for companies to differentiate from the competition.

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More and more customer interactions take place in digital channels. Digitalization is leading us into a new phase where customer service and the customer experience become even more important. This shift is happening quickly. One fourth of Transcom’s turnover is related to non-voice activities, and that number will only increase. We serve customers regardless of channel. And the customer has to have the same great experience, irrespective of whether it is over the phone, chat, email or some other channel.

Transcom is working actively toghether with our clients to come up with new innovations, like implementing smarter technical solutions or simplifying and speeding up processes while also educating and developing our staff. I invite you to read more about the solutions we are developing with our clients in the Hello Transcom magazine.