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WFM Q&A: Data Cleaning

My friend Bruce, who I met at the SWPP conference earlier this year, recently contacted me with a list of questions about cleaning raw...
Two Steps That Will Improve Your WFM Outcome

Two Steps That Will Improve Your WFM Outcome

Most of us WFMers work to achieve a service goal for every single interval of every single day. We do this by reforecasting regularly...
How to Improve Contact Center Scheduling Practices

How to Improve Scheduling Practices

Whether you’re generating schedules for the very first time, or you want to examine your current scheduling practices and look for improvements, I hope...
How to Create the Right Forecast to Drive Customer Experience Success

The Value in Accuracy: How to Create the Right Forecast to Drive Customer Experience...

Few words carry as much weight for workforce management (WFM) professionals as forecasting. Nothing else has the power to simultaneously elevate and torpedo the...
Contact Center Experts share their thoughts on the year ahead

A Look Ahead: 17 on ’17 (Part 3)

Welcome to 2017! What are the trends that contact center leaders keep an eye on over the next 12 months? Part 3 of our...
5 WFM Things You Have to Do by Hand

5 WFM Things You Have to Do by Hand

I'm a gadget guy. If it beeps, blinks or pretends to make life easier after following the 115-step setup guide, I want it! I...
A Guide to Determining Call Center Staffing Needs

A Guide to Determining Staffing Needs

There are three foundational building blocks that need to be optimized to consistently deliver engaging customer experiences over the phone: people, processes and leadership....
The Near Death of Workforce Management

The (Near) Death of WFM

If your livelihood depends on the sales or service of WFM technology, calm down. Despite the title of this article, your occupation is safe....
The Ugly Truth About Call Center Agent Occupancy

The Ugly Truth About Agent Occupancy (Or Why 85% May Be Too Low)

All my talk about Occupancy makes me realize two things: First, many people may not know what exactly it is. Second, they may not...
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...
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...
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...