Workforce Management and Spreadsheets

Nothing is quite so satisfying as finding a workaround to solve a problem that would have otherwise cost you money. It’s creative. Sometimes simpler. Often ingenuous. Always cheaper. Of course, sometimes the workaround turns out to be a disaster in disguise, doesn’t it? For call center workforce management, the workaround is the spreadsheet. Sure, for... Read More

Metaphor Workforce Gamification: Simple as Child’s Play

There’s often resistance to deploying any new data-driven application. The anxiety is that there will be headaches and trauma associated with it. All the data mapping and validation and custom field development and so on. And while call center management is willing to endure that in order to create core WFM capabilities, they get a... Read More

Workforce Management, It’s a Family Affair

There is always a base stream of contact volume coming in to the Contact Center. Most of the volume is however driven by factors in other parts of the business. The WFM team must be fed with relevant information about expected outside call drivers and the process must be set up to enable them to... Read More

Badges and Ribbons Encourage a Motivated Agent Workforce

I want to take a moment to talk about something that concerns some people who are bringing Gamification—or considering it—into their call center workforce management. Badges. Ribbons. Medals. Those little icons on an agent’s portal that say “good job,” or “great job” or even “need improvement.” Some people think that, as a reward, they’re too... Read More

Keep it Simple in the Cloud with WFM

Running WFM in the Cloud makes many things simpler for call centers. Here are just a few of the ways it does that. No Hardware First is the gear. There is none. You don’t have to worry about the load on your existing computing systems, you don’t have to worry about processor upgrades, increasing disk... Read More

Gamification Means Playing to Win

When you set up your gamification program, don’t focus on results. Focus on the process of call handling that leads to great results. That’s what you want to reward, and that’s how you help agents work better, not harder. Read More

Gamification Badges of Honor

When you set up your gamification program, don’t focus on results. Focus on the process of call handling that leads to great results. That’s what you want to reward, and that’s how you help agents work better, not harder. Read More

Graduating to Workforce Management

Making the move from your spreadsheet to a real workforce management system is a process—kind of like moving through high school and graduating to college. Your understanding of the systems available, of what other companies are doing, and of your own business needs evolves. Along with that come the realization that the spreadsheet just can’t... Read More

Top Five Benefits of WFM: A Review

Workforce management drives business value across the call center—it reaches well beyond “just” the schedule. A great WFM will provide you the tools to reduce attrition and turnover, improve productivity, lower absenteeism, and more. In other words, you look for its real business benefit in your improved bottom line. Read More

Turning Over the Agent Turnover Rate

High annual agent turnover is a huge hit to any call center operation. All the costs of bringing agents up to full productivity are basically wasted if you can’t retain them. Successfully conquering turnover requires a multi-discipline approach—one that’s often just too hard to do without a smart Workforce Management System supporting the cause. Read More

Workforce Management’s Got Game

Here’s what motivates employees. Reward. Competition. Recognition. Achievement. That’s not me talking: that’s the behavioral scientists and the workplace experts. No need to cite sources, since everyone agrees. Gamification helps with all of that. By that, I mean, an environment where day-to-day efforts receive day-to-day recognition and reward. This comes especially into play in the... Read More

Hosted WFM: Gamification and Mobility Features from Teleopti and USAN

Developed by Teleopti and hosted by USAN, the recently released WFM version 8 includes more than 100 improvements over the previous release, making it a truly groundbreaking WFM solution. Among those powerful new features are gamification, through which agent engage in fun, game-like competition that boosts motivation and rewards measurable performance, and mobility, which includes... Read More