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Onboarding programs at Transcom Serbia: breakfast meeting with the Country Manager

It is a fact that a company is only as good as its ability to retain its employees, and phenomenal visions are irrelevant without phenomenal people, right? It is up to the management and HR team to carry this responsibility on their shoulders, e.g. through various onboarding programs.

When it comes to new hires, there is no time for a second impression; if a new employee feels bad, in discord with the values and mission of the company, if he/she comes across chaos and unstructured processes, it is unlikely that they will form a favorable view of their new business environment.

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Why is it important to constantly improve onboarding programs? The answer is quite straightforward, if we just look at the statistics and the latest research on this topic:

  • 91% employees remain in the company when the organization has an efficient onboarding process;
  • 69% of new employees remain in the company for at least 3 years when the organization has a well-structured onboarding program.

(Source Aberdeen Group)

Although many companies refer to human resources as their most important asset, many organizations continue to invest only minimal efforts on onboarding. Bearing all this in mind, guided by the vision that human resources are not only part of the business, but the main drivers of the entire business, Transcom Serbia has decided to take additional step in this direction. A few months ago, as Country Manager of Transcom Serbia, I started to organize breakfast meetings for new employees. All those who became part of the Transcom team in the last months have been invited to share their first impressions of their new job with me.

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In a friendly atmosphere, new colleagues presented themselves in a completely informal and authentic way, exchanging first impressions about their work environment. After their introduction, I briefed them about the birth and growth of Transcom in Serbia, providing an overview of the company’s history. I conveyed the mission and vision of the company, and stressed the need for strong teamwork and team spirit as a key requirement for companies and individuals to succeed.

We can have the best strategy, but if we do not get feedback from the people who work with us, and have a will to improve things based on this, it is impossible for any strategy to take off.

Transcom Italia launches gamification project to increase service quality and improve user experience

Gamification is the application of game logic and mechanisms to other fields, for the purpose of engaging with people and conveying specific messages to them in an efficient and agreeable way.

In an ongoing quest for innovative tools to improve Customer Experience, Transcom Italia has developed “Transcom Champs”, a Gamification project focused on improving quality, efficiency and performance in all the customer care, technical/commercial assistance, upselling and cross selling activities that Transcom manages for its clients.

Transcom Champs is a browser game designed to train new recruits, test their skills and improve performance through a series of challenges that take the form of timed quizzes. The inclusion of specific gamification components makes this software a real game and not just a questionnaire. It features alliances, challenges, teams, tournaments, trophies and a points system, which engage with personnel on an emotional level, stimulating their competitive spirit and their ambition to achieve and obtain recognition for excellent operating results.

The challenges are based on the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) defined by Transcom clients, as well as in the areas of technical skills, operating procedures and the soft skills typically required in customer care. The tool has proven to be particularly effective at quickly identifying the areas of improvement for each team or individual, so that actions can be implemented quickly in order to close any gaps.

In May, Transcom launched a pilot for front-end personnel working on two important client accounts in the telecommunications and financial services sectors in Italy. Right from the start, all the employees involved showed an incredible level of enthusiasm. Many of them even accessed the web platform from home or by using their mobile devices, so they could repeat the challenge and try to earn their way to the top of the rankings.

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Beyond improving operating efficiency, the new Transcom Champs platform improves both workers’ satisfaction and their commitment, which translates into top notch service for users.

The browser game can be fully customized according to specific needs and priorities, making it possible to:

  • Improve performance in terms of effectiveness and quality
  • Increase up- and cross selling volumes
  • Increase the level of specialization and expertise in systems, processes, procedures and communication skills
  • Improve employees’ attitude to the company and their work
  • Increase motivation
  • Increase employees’ loyalty to the company

Transcom Italia wins Customer Relationship Management Award

Process innovation increases customer satisfaction and improves the operating efficiency of Lastminute.com services

Transcom Italia has been assigned the 2016 best Customer Relationship Management award by a panel of experts from the CMMC Club, the association for companies and service providers working in the client relations supply chain. For CMMC, the award is a way to promote businesses that stand out, in a particularly complicated period for the sector, for the excellence of the initiatives put in place to improve their organization, in terms of both financial results and the internal climate among associates, by developing partnership relationships and innovating customer relationship processes.

The reasons for the award

In 2016, Transcom identified several areas for optimization in the customer assistance processes of leading online travel operator Lastminute.com, for which it has been managing customer care activities since 2015, in a dozen or so languages. In partnership with Datachronic, a company that specializes in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions to improve the efficiency of corporate procedures, Transcom has introduced several process automation measures for Lastminute.com services. A new web platform has been developed to automatically dispatch back office activities to the first agent available on the basis of the Client’s real priorities. The dispatching platform includes an integrated, user friendly web interface that provides real time checking of all the fields entered manually by the operator. In practice, it acts as an “Automatic Checker” for booking data, guaranteeing that the Lastminute.com system is aligned with airline websites, for example, across all stages in the booking process. If any discrepancies are detected, the system suggests corrections.

Last September, Lastminute.com also decided to introduce the “Transcom Quality Centre”, a system that collects and classifies all quality monitoring results to analyze the points of strength and areas for improvement of each project, team or individual operator. This proprietary Transcom solution provides a quick way to introduce continuous improvement measures, which are essential in such a dynamic and constantly evolving sector.

“All these Transcom’s initiatives have delivered tangible results, with even higher levels of customer satisfaction, more efficient contact management and reduced operating costs,” said Lastminute.com group Operations Manager Giorgio Bonafini. This award truly crowns our partnership.”

“We are extremely proud of this award and I would like to thank my team, our client Lastminute.com and Datachronic for their contributions to obtaining this acknowledgement,” said Transcom General Manager for Central and Southern Europe Gianluca Gemma. “At a time when there is much talk about technological innovation, virtualization and robotics applied to customer relations, we are convinced that operating efficiency can also be achieved through process innovation, by studying solutions to make the human relationship with end users more effective and improve the quality of our agents’ work.”

 

On the left, TRANSCOM represented by Global Account Manager Debora Mendola and General Manager, Central and Southern Europe Gianluca Gemma; on the right, lastminute.com group Operations Director Giorgio Bonafini

On the left, TRANSCOM represented by Global Account Manager Debora Mendola and General Manager, Central and Southern Europe Gianluca Gemma; on the right, lastminute.com group Operations Director Giorgio Bonafini

 

Official opening of “LeonarDo 2.0.14” – a new research and innovation center for Customer Experience

In March, Transcom Italy presented its new Research and Innovation Center for Customer Experience to the press and the local authorities. The center is located in L’Aquila and set up jointly as a partnership with L’Aquila University and local contact center company Elleacall.

The LeonarDo 2.0.14 research project, which has been endorsed by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, will span over three years, with the aim of developing - by October 2017 new process and new technological solutions that improve the services delivered by
contact centers to consumers and citizens, based on their Customer Experience.

Transcom Contact Center in L'Aquila

 “Innovation and the constant quest for excellence are two of Transcom’s fundamental business values and we invest in resources and skills to promote them” commented Roberto Boggio, Transcom Regional General Manager for Central and South Europe, during the inauguration.

 “The strategic agenda of L’Aquila University considers the institution to be an open social laboratory and, therefore, applied research projects conducted jointly with the business system form a fundamental part of our planning,” said Professor Paola Inverardi, Dean of L’Aquila University.“One of our objectives is to strengthen this network of collaborations, and the partnership with Transcom in the framework of the LeonarDo 2.0.14 project is perfectly aligned with this strategic vision: we are convinced that it will produce benefits in terms of technological capabilities at the service of local development.”

The center has been operational for a few months now and already employs 10 researchers; over the coming three years we aim to involve about 40 customer experience professionals in the project.

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Technological changes impose new interrelation processes between companies and clients. Network connections and the ever more widespread use of mobile communication devices (smartphones, tablets, notebooks, etc.) are radically changing not only how we acquire information, but also the interaction between people, between customers and businesses, and between the public and the institutions. From this perspective, the work of the Transcom’s research center in L’Aquila will focus on identifying new social and digital methodologies, using technology-based tools and innovative processes.

This VIDEO, (in Italian) by a local TV network, provides a summary of the event’s key messages.

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Transcom certifies seven new Lean Six Sigma Champions

Hundreds of companies around the world use Lean or Six Sigma methodology for product and process improvement to achieve financial performance breakthrough and increase customer satisfaction.

Transcom is on this journey as well. Seven account managers for one of Transcom’s global clients recently attended a Lean Six Sigma Champion Training and Best Practice Workshop in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Our people truly are Transcom’s greatest asset and after completing the Champion session, these seven business professionals will use the acquired knowledge in Lean Six Sigma to identify projects and assist in project management and project goal completion.

Using their newly acquired skills provides almost limitless potential for projects that will transform Transcom. But in order to be successful, you need to prioritize the projects that can:

  1. Eliminate unnecessary variation
  2. Sustain greater productivity and profitability
  3. Increase customer experience.

The ambitions for the newly trained seven Champions are set high and they will work together with the country management to use and guide the Green Belt resources the most optimal way. First the projects will focus on process improvements in Transcom, however in a period of time there is potential to involve clients in order to eliminate defects even further.

Each of the participants evaluated the time as well spent to gain understanding of Lean Six Sigma principles, share practices and get rid of common myths, and left the workshop with a list of potential projects to start working on.

Customer service – a strong growth driver in e-commerce

In recent years e-commerce has reported staggering growth worldwide. In June 2014, Ecommerce Europe published its 2014 report on European e-commerce in the Business to Consumer (B2C) market for goods and services, offering an updated picture of the market size in Europe and the rest of the world.

According to the report, total turnover for e-commerce in the European market in 2013 was EUR 363 bn (+16% on 2012), a figure which is expected to grow to EUR 425 bn in 2014. The Asia-Pacific region is the global leader, with EUR 406 bn, while North America ranks third after Europe with EUR 334 bn.

Global 2013 b2c e-commerce data

Source: Ecommerce Europe Association

The biggest e-commerce markets in Europe are the UKGermany and France. Together these three countries make up more than 60 percent of the entire European market.

The fastest acceleration in recent years has been in Eastern Europe, with Russia rising by nearly 50 percent compared to last year.

In 2013, Italy reported sales of EUR 11 bn (+20% on 2012). Although, this figure is lower than in other European countries, the Italian market is regarded as one of the most promising, as demonstrated by the steep rise in the number of online buyers, which over the last three years has grown from 9 to 16 million.

Europe 2013 b2c e-commerce data

Source: Ecommerce Europe Association

In such a dynamic global context, competition is based on the ability to offer a simple and consistent buying experience across all touch points. Accessibility and continuity are the keywords for the modern consumer: the web, product comparisons and careful consideration of reviews are the starting point for all purchases. Nonetheless, many ‘e-shoppers’ want the option of human contact and demand quality, competence and availability.

This is where Customer Service plays a key role. By providing quick and consistent answers (by phone, chat services, social media and email) to questions about products, payments, delivery times and return procedures, Customer Service is transformed from a cost center into a profit driver by exploiting the true value of e-commerce: establishing a relationship with the buyer. But the solidity of relationships is put to the test when problems arise (delays, undelivered products or other unexpected events). And this is where Customer Service can show its mettle by restoring customers’ trust (and loyalty) through service that is consistently first class and integrated across multiple channels.

Transcom has long experience of working with leading brands that offer various goods and services online. For example, clothing, fashion accessories, consumer electronics, travel, financial services and online payments. During the years, we have used our expertise to become a global outsourcer specialized in the ‘e-customer experience’:

  • Innovation: We develop personalized customer care apps and automated self-care, automatic call-back solutions for our clients to improve the customer experience.
  • Multilingualism: By offering services in many different languages, Transcom has helped many of our clients to expand into new markets.
  • multichannel approach and social customer care: We have agents who are specialized in the delicate process of managing online customer service conversations (Facebook, Twitter, chat etc).
  • Flexibility: we can cater for seasonal peaks without compromising service quality, which is guaranteed by strict control procedures and ongoing training.
  • Sales orientation: by using  specialized teams and best practices tested worldwide, we know how to encourage retention and reacquisition, which translates into growth and value for the client.
  • This value is also generated by cost reductions resulting from the mix of onshoring, nearshoring and offshoring services offered by Transcom.

Our clients confirm that they have achieved results which are both important and measurable. As the experts’ estimates demonstrate, e-commerce has huge potential. In this increasingly global, mobile and connected world, Transcom serves digital companies in all sectors with one goal in common: to become a market leader within their industry.