WFM Human Factors

WFM Human Factors

Q: How do you know if you work in a call center?A: You hear the term “shrinkage” and it doesn’t make you laugh.—Greg Levin Human...
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Top 5 Reasons Contact Centers Miss the Mark on Technology Implementation and Support

Contact centers rely on technology to meet their business goals, manage their operations, and interact with customers in a variety of media. Unfortunately, they...
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Lost Art of Asking Questions Is Priceless

Proper questioning and inquisition has become a lost art in modern society. For many, it has gone beyond being a lost art in society...
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Inside View: NCR Silver

One of the advantages of a small startup business is the flexibility to quickly adapt and respond to your customers’ needs. On the other...
WFM Budget Prep

WFM Budget Preparation: Calendar Days

Every year after the start of the 2nd quarter, I begin preparing next year’s staffing models in anticipation that someone on the executive team...
Path to Failure

Career Path to Failure

Are you promoting your best agents to supervisors and managers? If so, you may be promoting to failure. Those of us in the contact center...
VoC: Pinpoint the Calls that Matter

VoC: Pinpoint the Calls That Matter Most

One of the key advantages of a voice of the customer (VoC) platform over a traditional quality monitoring (QM) program is the ability to...
Ongoing Frontline Training

Do Frontline Agents Receive Enough Ongoing Training?

We asked that question in a recent poll on Contact Center Training. The majority (84%) of participating contact centers reported providing ongoing training for...
Workforce Management 4th of July

2015 Tricky Holiday Winner: Independence Day

Every year, we Workforce Managers get to play with unique and exciting situations around holidays. This year the special one to look out for...
Empowerment drives continuous improvement mindset

Empowerment Drives Continuous Improvement Mindset

We operate in a fast-changing business environment. The processes that work well today can quickly become unwieldy and undercut your center’s performance tomorrow. Leading-edge...
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The Top 5 Posts in March

In early March, workforce management topped the charts on the Pipeline blog, with Human Numbers’ Tiffany LaReau blogging live from the SWPP Annual Conference,...
Retaining vs Defecting Customers

When Retaining Customers Is Worse Than Defecting Customers

You are a bad customer. We are all bad customers… now. Or we at least have greater potential to be bad customers. Many years...