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Author: Alina Andriatyte

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Work and studies – mission impossible? Definitely not!

Every year, the Transcom Lithuania team engages in an interesting, informative and usually highly entertaining talent search. This spring was no exception – we searched for talents in the Career days of the 7 biggest universities in Vilnius and Kaunas, where we had an opportunity to chat with nearly 600 students.

It isn’t surprising at all that one of the most important things for students is the ability to manage both their studies and work. Many believed that this was a mission impossible and therefore were surprised and happy to see that at Transcom, that’s not an issue at all. Our current employees, who are students themselves, joined our HR team at the event to share their experiences of how easy it actually is to combine studies with working at Transcom. Their enthusiasm, real-life stories and fun facts prove that not only is Transcom a friendly and informal organization, but it also makes a lot of effort to be as flexible as possible and allow students to combine work with studies.

It gets better – our chats with students not only proved that working and studying is not impossible, but it also showed that the first job doesn’t have to be a temp job. Over 80% of our managers have been promoted internally and most of them started working while studying!

All in all, this spring’s talent search was very fruitful – not only did we manage to debunk a couple of myths regarding work and studies, but some of the new talents we spoke to have already joined our team. So is working while studying a mission impossible? At Transcom it’s definitely not!

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Author: Tanja Lohrmann

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Transcom Germany uses behavioral analysis tool to optimize recruiting

Every year, Transcom hires thousands of new people on whom our business results depend. People truly make all the difference in our business. To identify the best talents for our projects, we are open and like to use innovative ways to meet our goals.

Innovation is one of the three core values which guide us as a company and which influence how we behave. As a pioneer among the global Transcom Group, Transcom Germany uses an innovative new tool in the area of recruiting and people development. The personality test is based on the DISC behavioral style analysis. It can be useful in any situation where it is important to perceive individual differences of people and people’s behavior.

The first step in using the tool for the recruiting and selection process is to create a personality target profile of the perfect employee to work at Transcom. We called on our best employees to fill in a DISC personality questionnaire based on behavioral self description in specific situations. Afterwards, an individual profile on the basis of assuming four main styles of behavior being Dominance, Initiative, Steadiness and Compliance, was created.

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Those profiles help to highlight the employees’ strengths. The results and insights we gained through our best employees are used to create a personality target profile which symbolizes the ideal employee at Transcom. The personality target profile will be used as reference in future interviews and assessment centers to support hiring decisions. This new tool supports us in easily identifying those talents with the right attitudes for working at Transcom. Thus, we hire the right people and develop them into true Customer Experience specialists.

My Career Story – From customer service agent to teamleader in less than 18 months in a new country

My name is Morten Halkjaer and I am 25 years old. In February 2014, I moved from Denmark to Riga to work for Transcom Worldwide Latvia.

Last winter, I saw a job ad about working with customer service for  an international media company in Riga and I was at a point in my life where I had to choose if I wanted to pursue my career or experience the world. I chose the last option, but I didn’t expect that I would find both here in Latvia.

I had the phone interview on a Thursday and four days later, I was on a plane to Riga at 5.40 in the morning.  When I arrived, I was picked up at the airport by my teamleader-to-be, Anna. She was super sweet, and she had a taxi waiting for us outside the airport, which took us to the hotel where I would stay. Transcom had made sure that the hotel was paid for the first month I was in Latvia, which was awesome. Afterwards, Anna took me to see the actual office, where I would be working.

The following week was spent on trainings with our trainer Madlena. She made sure we were ready to take calls when the time came. I remember how eager I was to take my first call. I just couldn’t wait. I had never worked with customer service on the phone before, but I had sales experience, which has proved to help me a lot. The first call I took, was a customer asking which devices that supported our clients services. It was super fun to talk to him! I could have a conversation with him, just as I would with a friend. Our client wants to have the best customer service in the world, therefore they don’t have scripts. You can talk to customers in a casual and natural way, which I still find really amazing. After my first call everyone at the office started clapping. It was a very inspiring experience. It really showed how great the connection between the employees is, and it has only become even stronger with time.

In April, my teamleader was leaving the company. I was still feeling green, but she encouraged me to apply for her position. I applied, mostly to see how the process worked, since I thought that agents that had more experience would get the position. That was not the case. Transcom saw potential in me and I became a teamleader.

Transcom is an outstanding company, who really cares about its employees’ personal development. During my time here, I have acquired many new skills such as; positive positioning and presentation skills while I was an agent. As a teamleader I have learned coaching, time management and Latvian labor law.

I have a lot of free space to do things my way, which allows me to grow and unfold. Transcom also challenges you to become better, and to develop your skills by assigning additional tasks to you.

Currently I am working on a new project for new employees from Scandinavia, like myself. It will help them with the transition when our new hires arrive here in Latvia. It is really interesting to have a project like this, where I have to keep in touch with many different people and follow up on the tasks I have assigned them. I love being able to contribute to Transcom’s way of working, and I see it as a large responsibility, where I learn how a business manager works, which hopefully would be the next step for me.

I came to Riga, fell in love with Riga and Transcom, and now I have been here for 1.5 years without any plans about leaving!

Author: Joseph Roc

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Transcom Philippines’ Child Care center celebrates four years

Our Pasig site child care center recently celebrated its fourth anniversary with a simple mass and party for our children, their parents, and guests. As a treat to the kids, games were conducted by the childcare staff, even former childcare staff joined the celebrations and spent time with the children.

 The celebration ended with the laughter of children and adults alike whose smiling faces are proof that it was indeed a night blessed with fun and enjoyment. And these won’t be possible without the continued support of the management and the beloved parents of our Transcom kids.

In addition, the Pasig site child care center recently featured in Smart Parenting Philippine’s list of 10 Companies Parents Would Love to Work For, highlighting additional parental benefits, these companies can make the start of the parenthood journey a little bit easier.

Established in 2011 at our Pasig site, the Childcare Center was originally planned to be open for six months only, the operations were eventually made permanent due to outstanding support from both the management and employees. This is a safe place to help our employees, especially for single parents, to look after their children during their shifts and fulfill their parental duties. To this day, our Childcare facilities are the only one of its kind inside a BPO in the Philippines.

Transcom Philippines' Child Care center celebrates four years

 

Author: Ginta Eisaka

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Transcom Riga – a multilingual site with an international touch

Being an international company, Transcom offers our employees the opportunity to work abroad. During the last few months Transcom Latvia have had several employees moving from Riga to another Transcom site in Europe, or vice versa, employees from other countries have moved to Latvia.

Transcom Riga is a multilingual site, representing ten languages (Baltic and Nordic languages, German, Polish, Russian and English).  Since 2014, we offer employees from Sweden, Norway and Poland  the possibility to move to Riga and work with customer service  for two well-known international brands:

  • A global financial services provider
  • An international media company

It doesn’t  matter if your reason for working in Latvia is to build an international network of new friends and get captivating time in Riga, or if you are driven by making a career in another country. Everything is possible!

I encouraged our employees to share their their experience and lessons learned about moving to a country they have never heard about before. Nikolaj Heiberg Lyhne, one of our Danish agents working for the international media company produced this video to illustrate his life in Riga:

This is how some of our other international employees describe their experience:

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If you also are looking for an international work experience and want to feel the taste of adventure being far away from your home, contact your local HR-team and maybe we’ll meet in Riga very soon!

How Transcom Netherlands uses role play to embrace good leadership

Within Transcom Netherlands there’s strong focus on personal development for our team leaders. As mentioned by Manuel Alcaide in a previous blog post:
“middle managers’ leadership can make the difference between success and failure of services and projects”.

Therefore we started with the first ‘Team leader Development Plan’ (TOP) half a year ago.

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TOP consists of four training sessions on topics such as: Transparent Management, Feedback, Coaching and Time Management.  The intention of the training is: How can I apply the theory in my role as a team leader?

Theory is practiced through role plays. To make it more realistic we have invited an actress to simulate difficult situations that can occur daily.

Coaching is another successful method that has been used between several training sessions. The aim of the coaching is to help the team leaders actually apply the theory in practice. For example, we looked at: Which part of the theory can be applied within your team? And more importantly, how?

Because of the positive response, we’ve decided to continue with our TOP-project. Each month we will start with a new group. Fourteen candidates have already been enlisted.

Collage Transcom Netherlands Team Leader Development (TOP)