My excitement was hard to contain when I was offered the opportunity to work for a credit union once more, I was looking forward to what Achieva could offer me. I had never worked in a call center environment prior, they were willing to take a chance and I was eager to learn. A typical day at Achieva was mostly about assuring the membership that they were in good hands and we were there for them. It did impress me that we answered every call, our goal was to be human. My hiring manager was over the top enthusiastic about her work, I enjoyed her style of managing, she allowed us to be humans not just phone operator's and with that respect we always gave her reason to believe in us as a team.
The toughest part of this was the angry callers, people when they are not in front of your face are able to allow themselves the idea that they are not speaking to a caring knowledgeable human being, and it was often difficult not to feel completely punched in the stomach. Since I had always been in front of members prior to this job, this was definitely one of my deficits. It has made me more aware of how we treat each other and kind words will in fact get you further than anger and bullying.
The best part of this job, I walked away knowing I worked for a company who is growing and still finding it's self as a couture, their community involvement was always one of enjoyment and bring smiles to every event. I will miss every person who sat beside me everyday taking call after call and we smiled and hugged. The call center is very human and I really loved that.
I brought the best of me everyday.
I wasn't able to relay that enough.