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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: Jonas Collantes

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A mall-based Recruitment Hub is born!

Have you ever imagined yourself walking out of a mall with a brand new career?

No, right?

Yes, leaving the mall with brand new clothes, shoes, or even a full stomach sounds good, but is it even better walking out of the mall knowing your unemployed and searching-for-a-career days are over?

I think the latter is much more fulfilling. No questions asked.

Well, Transcom definitely pushes things to the next level because last July 6, we launched a new mall-based Recruitment Hub. Living up to Transcom’s core values – Passion, Excellence, and Innovation – the brand new Recruitment Hub, located at Robinsons Galleria Mall, is open to all applicants.

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Transcom came up with the idea of having a Recruitment Hub inside a commercial mall in order to offer a truly convenient way for all job seekers looking to have a better career in the BPO industry.

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Providing quality recruitment services to all applicants, the newly opened Recruitment Hub offers a feel-at-home environment with its warm atmosphere and spacious applicant area. Just a small gesture from Transcom to help nervous applicants to feel at ease and stay relaxed so they can do their best during their interviews.

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Transcom also tries to make the recruitment experience fun by conducting games and giving away premium items.

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Clearly, Transcom went all-out in terms of trying to provide a quality recruitment experience to all its applicants. Showcasing and sharing the true #TranscomHappy experience and giving them a taste of what to look out for once they join the Transcom Family.

Sourcing and Recruitment Team with Cesar (Transcom's Mascot)

Sourcing and Recruitment Team with Cesar (Transcom’s Mascot)

You can find Transcom’s new Recruitment Hub at Basement 1, Robinsons Galleria – beside the NBI Satellite Office. It welcomes walk-in applicants interested to explore positions as Customer Service Representative and Technical Support Representative. You can also apply by clicking this link.

See you there!

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!

Transcom Color Run for Fun 2016

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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)