The Inextricable Link Between CX & EX

CXEX_LinkedIn.pngIf you’ve followed our research, then you know that we’ve always viewed employee engagement as a fundamental component of customer experience.  One of our Six Laws of Customer Experience is that “Unengaged employees don’t create engaged customers.” It just makes sense. How can you possibly expect to consistently deliver great customer experience with apathetic or disengaged employees?!?!

Although the connection between customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX) may seem obvious to many people, it’s important that we periodically test the linkage. So we took a look at the data from our survey that drove the report, State of CX Management, 2018.

We started by splitting the 194 respondents from companies that have 1,000 or more employees into three groups based on how they rated the customer experience that their organizations currently delivers compared with their competitors:

  • 51 companies that deliver considerably above average CX (“CX Leaders“)
  • 61 companies that deliver slightly above average CX (“CX Moderates“)
  • 82 companies that deliver average or below average CX (“CX Laggards“)

We compared their responses to Temkin Group’s 20-question CX Competency & Maturity Assessment. As you can see in the chart below:

  • The percentage of CX Leaders who earned “good” or “very good” employee engagement ratings is more than 5-times larger than the percentage of CX Laggards.
  • Most organizations have a long way to go on EX; less than 40% of CX Leaders are good at it–and they’re the best!
  • CX Leaders significantly outperformed CX Laggards across all five employee engagement behaviors in our assessment. Here are the gaps in the percentages of companies that either “always” or “almost always” demonstrate these behaviors:
    • My company celebrates and rewards the employees who exemplify its core values (32 %-point gap)
    • My company actively solicits and acts upon employee feedback (35 %-point gap)
    • Managers are evaluated based on the engagement level of their employees (38 %-point gap)
    • The human resources organization is actively involved in strategic initiatives (36 %-point gap)
    • My company provides employees with industry-leading training (31 %-point gap)

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The bottom line: EX is a fundamental enabler of CX.

Anyway You Say It, Happy New Year!

Gelukkige nuwejaar, Gëzuar vitin e ri, e glëckliches nëies, aam saiid, shnorhavor nor tari, yeni iliniz mubarek, bonne année, urte berri on, Зновым годам, subho nababarsho, asgwas amegas, mbembe mbu, bonne année, sretna nova godina, bloavezh mat, честита нова година, hnit thit ku mingalar pa, kung hé fat tsoi, bon any nou, xin nian kuai le, pace e salute, sretna nova godina, šťastný nový rok, godt nytår, gelukkig Nieuwjaar, felicxan novan jaron, head uut aastat, gott nýggjár, onnellista uutta […] Continue Reading…

Closing And Welcoming The Year Of Humanity

Last year Temkin Group labelled 2018, The Year of Humanity. With all of the discord and tension throughout the world, it seemed like a good time to promote the following mindset:

Embrace diversity. Recognize our differences and find ways to treat people as individuals.
Extend compassion. Tune into the condition of the people around us and care about their well-being.
Express appreciation. Proactively look for and acknowledge the positive aspects of the world around […] Continue Reading…

My 12 (XM)AS Wishes For You

Since tomorrow is Christmas, I decided to share 12 wishes for you and your experience management (XM) efforts. Here goes…

During the upcoming year, I hope that you:

Celebrate successes. It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about the next milestone to achieve, but make sure to regularly take account of the great things that you and your team have already accomplished. You’ve earned it!
Stay positive. XM professionals, […] Continue Reading…

CX Myth #6: Compensation Drives Good CX Behaviors

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths.

CX Myth #6: Compensation Drives Good CX Behaviors
What’s Wrong: Many organizations try to drive behavior change by tying employees’ compensation to customer experience metrics. While some level of compensation tied to CX can be helpful, it is often overdone. When you overly […] Continue Reading…

2019 XM Trends From Qualtrics Thought Leaders

This is the time of year for holiday cheer, family celebrations, and, of course, listings of annual trends!

To help me identify trends for 2019, I reached out to some of the many thought leaders across Qualtrics and asked them to share one or two of the top experience management (XM) trends they are expecting to see in the coming year.

It was a great exercise. We have some amazing people […] Continue Reading…

CX Leaders’ Employees Feel Prouder & More Appreciated

If you’ve followed our research, then you’ve likely seen a strong, almost inseparable link between between customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX). We continued to find that connection in our latest consumer benchmark.

In our Q3 2018 study, we asked 5,000+ U.S. employees to pick a word that best describes how their job makes them feel and split those responses based on how they judged the overall CX that their […] Continue Reading…

CX Myth #5: Wow Customers During Every Interaction

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths.

CX Myth #5: Wow Customers During Every Interaction
What’s Wrong: While it may be appealing to think about creating an amazing experience every time you touch a customer, it’s just not appropriate or practical. All interactions should aim to meet your target customers’ […] Continue Reading…

Employees Want To Make A Positive Impact

What motivates employees? This may seem like a difficult question to answer, but it’s not hard at all. There’s one overwhelming answer: Making a positive difference.

In our latest consumer benchmark study, we asked more than 5,000 full-time U.S. employees to select which of eight job characteristics they felt was the most important. Here’s what we found:

Making a positive impact: 42%
Earning a lot of money: 14%
[…] Continue Reading…

What’s All This About X- And O-Data?

You might have heard Qualtrics discussing X-data (experience data) and O-data (operational data), and wondered, should we care? The answer is yes, and here’s why.

Let’s start with a basic premise that no individual experience exists in a vacuum. People form their opinions about any experience based on a collection of different factors. The more we can understand those factors, the better we can extrapolate the insights about a single personal experience […] Continue Reading…

Have A Thanksgiving Full Of Purpose & Meaning

Many people who read this blog are celebrating Thanksgiving and will be exchanging “Happy Thanksgiving” greetings throughout the day. But I’m pretty sure that overdosing on turkey and stuffing is not the most expedient path to long-term happiness (although I don’t have any data to support my hypothesis).

What is a better path to happiness? Purpose and meaning. As you can see below, people who find purpose and meaning in their […] Continue Reading…

Temkin Group, Qualtrics, And SAP

Well, this has been a crazy month. In case you missed it, Temkin Group was acquired by Qualtrics. We weren’t able to discuss it too much, because Qualtrics was in a pre-IPO quiet period. And then SAP acquired Qualtrics. Can you say Pac-Man?!?!

A month ago, I would have provided my independent analysis of these acquisitions. I can’t do that anymore, I’m now biased. But here’s my read of the […] Continue Reading…

CX Myth #4: Net Promoter Score Is The Best/Worst Metric

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths.

CX Myth #4: Net Promoter Score Is The Best/Worst Metric
What’s Wrong: People often argue that Net Promoter Score (NPS) is the greatest metric, while other people argue that it’s a terrible metric. Both of those points of view are off the mark.

What’s […] Continue Reading…

Great News: Temkin Group Joins Forces With Qualtrics

I’m thrilled to announce that Temkin Group has been acquired by Qualtrics. Together, our goal is to create the world’s premiere center of excellence for all things experience management (XM).

This new center––the Qualtrics XM Institute––brings together the industry’s foremost thought leaders to help shape the future of experience management, establish and publish best-practices, drive product innovation, and enable certification and training programs that further build a community of XM […] Continue Reading…

For Employees, A Positive Impact Means More Than Money

In our latest consumer benchmark study, we asked more than 5,000 U.S. employees what they felt was the most important thing they want to accomplish at work. The top motivator, by a very large margin, is Making a positive impact. This option was chosen three times more frequently than the next highest option, Earning a lot of money.

I also examined the data by age groups. It turns out that […] Continue Reading…