One great thing about my current role, working with The Forum, is we get out and meet contact centres across the UK, Ireland and beyond. Often we facilitate workshops regarding how resource planning is performed with contact centres. And the one question I love to start with is ‘Who has responsibility for resource planning in this contact centre?’
Picture the scene… Call Centre Operations Manager Colin runs a 100 seat contact centre in the utilities sector. The centre has grown from a small 50 seat call centre that was set up in the late 1990s, when everyone was on fixed shifts and 100% of the workload was traditional inbound calls. Now, the centre handles inbound voice, some live chat and a growing volume of email; there’s even a small outbound team on a dialler.