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Author: Agata Zysk

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Take the challenge with Transcom Poland

This year, we made a decision to implement the “Take the challenge” program in Transcom Poland. The aim of the program was to raise the need of sharing knowledge and ideas within the company.

The program included Team Leaders and employees in the following departments: human resources, traning and quality, and the business support team. Every eager person who prepared a project could take part in the program. Projects had to present a solution which could improve key indicators or activities within the company.

14 participants were chosen, who qualified for the program according to the specified criteria. We received 19 applications with different improvement ideas. Among others, there were ideas on how to improve the recruitment system, labor documentation, creation and actualization of new applications facilitating exchange of information, schedule management, new mentor programs, learning foreign languages and ideas connected with customer experience management. The commission chose 10 projects, to be implemented in 2016.

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As an award, the creators of these projects received the possibility to take part in four trainings: employee motivation, creativity and innovation at work, solving difficult and conflict situations, and analysis and presentation of data.  What’s more, we showed how attractive Transcom is as a workplace. Everyday, the company creates possibilities for employees to share ideas, knowledge and experience. Moreover, employees can develop their skills through attractive training opportunities and other activities. Next year, we are planning the next edition of this program. Our employees’ opinions are very important to us and we respond to them. We are very proud of our team. It’s priceless to work with people like this.

Author: Valentina Mikanović

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Contact Center Academy Annual award 2015 – Croatia

A Transcom Osijek employee won third place in the category Best Customer Service Representative 

For a few years in a row, the Contact Center Academy of Croatia has organized a contest in two main categories:

1. Annual Award for the best Contact Center

2. Annual Award for the best Customer Service Representative

The contest is carried out by a five-member committee, composed of relevant experts in contact center management.

In the category for the best CSR, contestants are nominated by their manager or manager’s manager in accordance with the organizational structure of the company from which the nominee is coming.

The contest is conducted in two complex rounds. In the first round, the nominees are interviewed by the five-member committee based on pre-defined high standards, requirements and criteria. Evaluation of e-mails, IB and OB calls is the second round of contest, organized between CCA and the nominator.

Transcom Osijek participated for the first time in this contest in the category for the best Customer Service representative in Contact Center in 2015. Our employee Anita Narandza Firic won the excellent 3rd place!

Anita won this prize due to her dedication, willingness to serve customers and colleagues, as well as her kindness which is her main virtue. Through her daily activities, she shows that customer satisfaction comes first!

“Being nominated is a great honor and motivation for participation in this contest and it proves that hard work pays off, and it’s flattering. I approach each working day with the aim and desire that every task is properly, efficiently and effectively performed, guaranteeing the satisfaction of customers, the client and finally my own satisfaction. I love challenges, privately and in business, because they’re an excellent basis for progress in all aspects of life. I consider that a positive attitude, a cheerful spirit, collegiality but also respect and commitment to all participants in the performance of my tasks are crucial in the process of achieving good results and that’s what gives me additional motivation in my work.”, Anita Narandza Firic

The official announcement of the winners in both categories was held in Zagreb on 9th Meet up 29 September 2016.

We’re proud of the success, achievement and results performed by Anita and her overall devotion, which is now also recognized by CCA and experienced experts from our industry!

Proud to be ONE Transcom!

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Author: Jonas Collantes

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How I learned to face my fears through Transcom

TranscomStories_2048PXx2048PX (1)German Dean Jr., 25 years old, shares the tale of his bittersweet journey as a BPO professional. He joined Transcom in November 2015 as a Customer Sales Representative.  His passion and dedication led him to being promoted to Quality Assurance Specialist in July this year.

Words by German Dean Jr.

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When I started working in Transcom, fear and doubt were two things that plagued my mind. I was afraid to disappoint the people who believed in me and I had a few doubts such as “Am I in the right place?” and “Do I have what it takes to survive?”

The first time I wore my headset was truly an unforgettable experience. Being an industry newbie, I was so excited to take calls, but when my first day at work finally came, I stuttered as I took calls. After that day, part of me wanted to quit because I didn’t know if I still had the courage to show up, but I told myself, “No one was able to walk on the day they were born.” So the next day, I picked myself up and said, “Fight!”

That was the bittersweet story of how my Transcom journey started. My life here keeps reminding me of the song “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor:

This is ten percent luck

Twenty percent skill

Fifteen percent concentrated power of will

Five percent pleasure

Fifty percent pain

And a hundred percent reason to remember the name

Ten percent luck

I woke up one day and decided to venture into the BPO industry. I printed out 30 copies of my curriculum vitae and sent online applications. In the two succeeding days, all I received were negative news, until I got a call saying that I was one of the shortlisted candidates for a call center post. During the interview, I was scared of the possibility that I might not get hired because I did not have any BPO experience and I was an undergraduate. Well, as of the moment, here I am writing this article. If that was luck then yes, I am lucky. I was truly lucky enough to be hired and assigned to Transcom.

Twenty percent skill

Since I have a technical background, I have a wide understanding of how to handle customers over the phone before suggesting to check their gadgets. It is usual for me to answer calls, probe, and eventually resolve an issue. The English-speaking requirement was also covered because my brother and I would usually speak the same language at home whenever we wanted to keep our conversation between us two. So technically, when it comes to skills, mine aren’t that perfect, but I have one silver bullet in my arsenal, and that is my ability to adapt to change.

Fifteen percent concentrated power of will

When I focus my energy into something, I make sure that I will dedicate myself to it, learn all the secrets, master the trade, live with it, and breathe with it. I believe one does not need to become the best but, he needs to be consistent on development and performance.

Five percent pleasure

I feel good each time my superior commends me for a job well done and for every extra mile that I offer to help the team. I like the feeling when people see me as I bleed, weep, and sweat as I run towards my goal. There is nothing like the feeling of being appreciated for simple things.

Fifty percent pain

I’m clever enough to know that not everyone will agree with me. Some people even find it funny when they hear my goals. Negative energy exists everywhere, and if only I let those get to me, I would have felt demotivated all this time. Instead, I take criticisms in stride and use them as my motivation to keep getting better at what I do.

My goal: to wake up stronger than my fears, and I did it! I am grateful to my team and to Transcom in general, as the company was instrumental in transforming me from being weak and driven by my fears, to being strong and motivated by my goals. I also owe just as much to the people who gave me a chance to prove myself and the opportunity to step up on a short period of time.

Everything only used to be a dream, but now, the continuous development of my professional and personal life alike has turned into reality through Transcom.

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: 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

Transcom Color Run for Fun 2016

Bacolod Color Run

The most colorful event just made it to Transcom Philippines – Transcom Color Run for Fun 2016. A three-part race that happened last May started in Bacolod on May 14, followed by Iloilo the next weekend – May 24; finally getting to Metro Manila last May 29. More than 4,000 employees of Transcom coming from its 5 sites (Bacolod, Iloilo, Mandaluyong (EDSA), Pasig and ROHQ) participated in this grand event.

In initiating this run, Transcom aimed to engage employees and unite them in pursuit of a singular goal– in this case, being healthy. Transcom promotes healthy living and wellness among its employees, and this run was a great start for this campaign. Since Transcom puts much value in family, friends and family members of employees were welcomed to the event

Each participant was given a kit which included a race shirt, a race bib, sunshades, a sweat band, a string bag, a water jug, temporary tattoos, and of course the colored powders!

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Before the gun start, our dear sponsors and partners prepared tons of freebies as giveaways for the participants. Security Bank gave away free ice cream in scoops, an energy drink company gave-away free samples to help the runners stay refreshed. There were lots of biscuits, sweets and even some lozenges. Right before the run, Zumba sessions helped the participants warm up and stretch.

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Splashes of colors were everywhere – on the streets and on the runners. Getting all colored too were the members of the Philippine Volcanoes who joined the Manila Leg. Happy, sweaty and colored runners came back in less than an hour and enjoyed food and refreshments plus music from the invited DJ’s.

The race was categorized into a 3K and a 5K run. Winners of each leg received cash prizes worth:

  • 3K run

    • 1st Finisher – PHP 5,000H

    • 2nd Finisher – PHP 2,500

    • 3rd Finisher – PHP 1,500

  • 5K run

    • 1st Finisher – PHP 10,000

    • 2nd Finisher – PHP 7,000

    • 3rd Finisher – PHP 5,000

The prizes were not limited to the race winners. Transcom also hosted raffle draws wherein all participants had a chance to win gift certificates, hotel accommodations and gadgets!

Employees really enjoyed the run and had so much fun.  Happy smiles filled the venue and posts they uploaded on Social Media showed their unique perspective on the event.

(edited by: Ginnie Faustino-Galgana)