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Home Truths

Home or remote working has been a common phrase in most offices for several years now, but the notion of working outside the traditional environment for contact centre staff is only just beginning to emerge. Currently, home-workers represent less tha...

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The 'wow' factor

We’re unaccustomed to economists waxing lyrical, so when a City economist recently declared that the only way to describe the latest data was ‘wow’, his exuberance punctured the gloom which has pervaded economic debate for so long....

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Through a Glass Darkly

At the risk of sounding like Dr Who (whichever incarnation you prefer), I recommend taking a virtual trip backwards in time to gain a fresh perspective on the present. I had an opportunity to do it at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura, a Victorian &l...

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Is the age of the password dead?

Sometimes TV ads just make you want to flick channels but on occasion an advert comes along that really makes you think. A recent one that struck a chord with me is for Barclays Wealth and features a young woman on the phone being asked the usual kin...

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A waiting game......

It was all about waiting this week as the world’s eyes turned to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital for the arrival of the new Royal Baby. As reporters worked solidly for more than twelve hours to fill the airspace with commentary and ...

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Political debate on cold calling heats up

The controversial issue of cold calls and nuisance calls is rising up the political agenda as Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart has launched a Private Members’ Bill to tackle the issue. I joined him and consumer group ‘Which’ this w...

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Cutting the ties that bind

This week brought fresh evidence that the world is indisputably going mobile with news from Gartner that global personal computer (PC) sales have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row - the longest duration of decline in history. The decline is ...

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Thanks a bunch

Wouldn’t it be nice to be served by a company that not only fulfills your needs to the letter but does it cheerfully and efficiently, and better yet - actually anticipates what you might need in advance? It happened to me this week and I am ...

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Blue sky thinking?

One week today marks the Summer Solstice - the shortest night of the year. The thought of the official start of summer being just days away is a cheery one whether you’re looking forward to Royal Ascot, strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, or p...

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The Call Centre: Comedy of Errors

It takes a lot of chutzpah to outdo the cringeworthy antics of David Brent from ‘The Office’ but step forward his doppelgänger - Nev Wilshire founder and CEO of ‘Save Britain Money’ and larger-than-life star of the BBC 3 ...

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Big Data or Big Brother?

Big Data has been hailed as the exciting second phase of the digital revolution, with experts calculating that it has the potential to generate up to tens of billions of pounds of economic benefit; and to transform public service provision, healthcar...

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Big Data or Big Brother?

Big Data has been hailed as the exciting second phase of the digital revolution, with experts calculating that it has the potential to generate up to tens of billions of pounds of economic benefit; and to transform public service provision, healthcar...

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The march of the mobile

Just when you think you’ve got mobile etiquette sussed, out pops a new statistic that makes you think again. New research issued by Co-operative Funeral Care this week showed that even in death there is no escape from the tyranny of the mobile...

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Real time recognition

Unless you have been living on a desert island you cannot have missed the media coverage and fulsome accolates surrounding the resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson from Manchester United. Many would profoundly disagree with his idiosyncratic and aggr...

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Telephone numbers - hide and seek?

I was drawn to a headline in Wednesday's 'I' newspaper which read: “How to raise GDP? pick up the phone!” The writer makes a cogent plea on behalf of frustrated consumers who are increasingly infuriated by organisations which require them...

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