Busy times like the holiday season are a critical time of year for contact centers. One mistake can have devastating effects on service levels and ultimately on your customer experience. In this article you’ll learn which mistakes to avoid if you want to achieve your service level.
We’re heading into the holidays! For the lucky people not managing contact centers, that’s a blissful statement. In the US, we’re gearing up for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. And globally, we’re all getting ready for some holiday shopping! This is amongst the busiest time of the year, especially for the customer service industry. The question that many contact center managers and planners ask themselves now is: "How do I maintain service level successfully?"
Most companies are always on the lookout for the next ‘Game changer’ for their contact center. When you talk to experts, you’ll hear a lot of buzzwords these days, such as ‘Omnichannel’, ‘Net Promoter Score (NPS)’, ‘Chatbots’, and ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI)’. It can be challenging to sift through all of these terms to see what actually matters to you.
Here we are again - with the last blog article of our Contact Center Forecasting Fundamentals series. As a refresher, part #1 focused on 'how to forecast workload' and part #2 dealt with 'how to master workforce forecasting'. So, now that you’ve forecasted your demand and the supply of agents, you’re ready to start incorporating best practices to closing the staffing gaps. In this final article of the series, we’ll cover techniques for efficiently aligning staff to demand both short and long term. We’ll also look at how to determine the best method to cover staffing needs for a few weeks or several months. To do this, we'll walk you through a simple scenario case step by step.
In the first blog article of our Contact Center Forecasting Fundamentals series, we covered different methods to forecast workload. That is, in fact, the first step in the process. However, despite workload forecasting, it’s equally important to invest time in forecasting the workforce required to staff against the demand you’ve identified in the first step. Ultimately, the objective is to not determine the mere requirement, but to uncover the gap of actual vs requirement in staffing. The work you do in forecasting the workforce will then drive a more accurate picture of existing staffing gaps and helps you to cover each of them to increase efficiency in Workforce Management.