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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...
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....
Call Center Outsourcing Decisions

Plan It, Prove It—A Vision for WFM

“Plan it, prove it.” I say those words to every client. To me, they define the role of WFM in the contact center. It...
long-term-view

Involve Agents in the Scheduling Process

You can significantly reduce tardiness, absenteeism and employee dissatisfaction by getting frontline agents involved in developing new schedules, says Tiffany LaReau, Pipeline author and...
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...
Underutilized Metrics

Managing Seasonal Call Volume

It’s every contact center’s mission: Making sure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time. Things get a little...
multitasking-and-long-term-planning

Multitasking and Long-Term Planning

Multitasking in the call center is all the rage now. Over the last decade I’ve seen tools that automate simple work, can route any...
Coffee Anyone

Coffee, Anyone?

If you are a WFM Scheduler and need a quick way to boost employee morale, try out a test-run of offering three 10-minute breaks...
Workforce Management Trust

What? You Don’t Trust Your WFM System?!

If you feel like your WFM system just doesn't give you the right net staffing, here is the approach I take to fixing it....
WFM on a Mac

WFMing on a Mac and in Excel Without Add-Ins

Have you ever tried to calculate how many people you’d need to answer 100 calls with a 30-second ASA and a 3-minute handle time? ...