3 Ways to Elevate EX from the World’s Best Workplace

Last Updated February 9th, 2021

Steve Cox, Kristie Ornelas, customer experience, Cisco CX, Cisco, Cisco Customer Experience, Employee Experience, diversity, inclusion, giveback

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The biggest endorsement isn’t earning Fortune’s #1 spot for World’s Best Workplaces for the second year in a row. It’s when Rebecca says, “This is why I work at Cisco. Because when I needed help, all these people jumped in to help me.” Her wedding happened to be scheduled right when COVID-19 hit. In under nine days, Cisco staged a virtual wedding so that all her guests could still attend.

Today’s conversation on “The Customer Experience Podcast” is about employee experience (EX) and internal culture. Because they’re not just a “nice-to-have.” They bring material influence to bear on measurable business results.

In this episode, our two guests — Kristie Ornelas and Steve Cox — share three ways to elevate customer experience (CX) empathy and outcomes by exploring the EX/CX connection. These are:

1. Hire diverse talent.
2. Elevate your internal giveback programs.
3. Deliver a powerful employee experience.

While Cisco aims to shift culture and create new norms, they’ve also put in very specific accountability — a scorecard and a business target.

Kristie is Vice President of CX Marketing and Communications at Cisco. “We all fundamentally know that you cannot build amazing customer experiences — which is our ultimate charter — if you don’t first start with employee experiences,” she says.

Steve is Vice President of Digital Lifecycle Journeys at Cisco. “At the end of the day, it’s not just the people you have, but also the people you bring in,” he says.

Kristie, Steve, and I talked about…

What the moments that matter are in the customer journey
Why it’s essential to make engagement and culture a priority in EX
What measuring employee results consists of and why it’s important
How Cisco looks at employee giveback
Why your workplace should be a community, not a family


3 Ways to Elevate EX from the World’s Best Workplace

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Video Highlights: 3 Ways to Elevate EX from the World’s Best Workplace

Check out the top five video highlights from the discussion with Kristie Ornelas and Steve Cox of the Cisco below…


1. Moments That Matter



2. Making Engagement and Culture a Priority



3. Measuring Employee Results



4. Two Lenses for Giveback



5. Employee Communities



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Ethan Beute

Ethan Beute | About The Author

Chief Evangelist at BombBomb, co-author of Rehumanize Your Business, and host of The Customer Experience Podcast, Ethan collects and tells stories of clearer communication, human connection, and higher conversion with simple, personal videos. BA: University of Michigan. MBA: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Fresh air & clean water.

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