Resource Planning is a complex topic. There are numerous stakeholders and multiple, sometimes conflicting, objectives. In the heat of the battle, even seasoned practitioners forget the good practice that they have learned, ignore some key principles and fall into bad habits. In this post we draw on the experience of the InVision team and that of several industry experts to enumerate some of the mistakes that we have seen - and give some tips on how to correct them.
They say that the devil makes work for idle hands, which basically means if you have nothing to do you will get up to no good. I'm sure we can all relate to that in some fashion.
Many contact centers find that the predictability of traditional 5x8 schedules are an attractive quality of life feature for their staff. Unfortunately, while these types of shifts are an easy solution when the weekly demand curve is flat, for many workforce planners, the demand curve looks more like this:
Ask any of our employees and they’ll tell you that InVision is not a regular IT company. This year we may be celebrating 20 years of developing sophisticated Workforce Management (WFM) software applications, but we continue to embrace the latest techniques, we have a refreshingly dynamic company culture and a brilliant working environment.
Sounds a bit like a Brave New World, doesn’t it? At InVision, we have embraced the No Management organisation model and we are already reaping the rewards. More importantly, so are our customers. What does an organisation without a traditional management hierarchy look like and could you apply the principles to your organisation?