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Category: Workforce Management

This category includes subjects related to workforce management (WFM) software or processes.

Leveraging Existing Capabilities for Future Customer Expectations

Last year, we looked at three common challenges during the holiday season, including marketing campaigns that bring in first-time customers, fewer discretionary spending dollars, and overtaxed agents. Unfortunately, this year’s economy is not much improved, and you may again find yourself dealing with the same issues. However, it’s important to keep an eye to the future so that you’re prepared when markets take a turn for the better. Let’s take a look at how you may be able to leverage existing expertise and resources to meet slightly different customer expectations in the future. Read more of Leveraging Existing Capabilities for Future Customer Expectations

Tags: best practices, business objectives, communication channels, customer loyalty, customer satisfaction, customers, economy, forecasting, self-service, trends, workforce management

Take the Guesswork Out of Staff Forecasting

We’ve just come through two periods that may have put some pressure on you to closely monitor call volume: the holiday sales period starting on Black Friday and the post-holiday returns and discounts period. We tend to refer to periods such as these as “peak” periods—those where call volumes increase over normal levels for an extended period of time. Depending on the nature of your business, you may have other peaks during the year as seasonal demand for products and services.

Staffing for peak periods can be stressful because accurate staffing goes a long way toward balancing excellent customer service and cost-effective operations.  You want the right staff on hand to handle calls in a timely manner while keeping staff-related costs within budget. Read more of Take the Guesswork Out of Staff Forecasting

Tags: adherence, agent, call volume, forecasting, scheduling, service levels, trends, workforce management

How Workforce Management Software Supports Key Metrics for Business Objectives

Over the last few months, we’ve looked at the relationship between key metrics and higher-level business objectives. Choosing these metrics and determining appropriate target values is critical for ensuring that the contact center contributes to the success of your business in a quantifiable way.

Now, let’s take a look at a few processes underlying many common key metrics: agent scheduling and adherence. Staffing is probably the most significant, ongoing expense of running your contact center. To remain cost-effective while meeting expected service levels, effective scheduling means making sure that the right number of agents with the right level of knowledge are available to meet expected call volumes. Yet, no matter how effective or streamlined your schedules are, they are of little value if agents don’t follow them. Read more of How Workforce Management Software Supports Key Metrics for Business Objectives

Tags: adherence, agent productivity, call metrics, KPI, metrics, scheduling, statistics, workforce management