Matching Staff to Workload

Contact centers must handle most customer-related work as it happens, so resource mismatches quickly result in big problems. It’s essential that those making staffing decisions have a basic understanding of how base staff is calculated in order to match the time-sensitive workload of customer contacts. This 6 minute video from one of my Lynda.com videos courses explains how staffing is calculated and its impact …

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Staffing for Weekends

Here’s an idea: If you’re a consumer-facing service operation and want to stand out from the crowd, be there for your customers on weekends. That’s when many are checking accounts, kicking around options for the renovation, paying utility bills, and booking that trip to see Aunt Mae. I’ve had a number of clients see workloads increase on weekends in recent …

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Caution: Don’t View Contact Center Performance Measures in Isolation

Consider a few examples that illustrate the interrelated nature of contact center performance measures: Cost per contact going down may actually be a bad sign. Viewed alone, a dropping cost per contact would seem like a positive indication. However, if errors and rework, or contacts not completely resolved in other channels are edging up, cost per contact will naturally decrease …

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Service Level: Realistic Targets, Taken Seriously

If your operation is chronically missing your service level target, it may be an indication of a fundamental misconception about the importance of service level. You’ll need to focus on a service level objective that your center can realistically achieve. Once you know your center’s true capabilities, you must be able to back up your objectives with the right amount …

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Does Your Executive Team Understand Staffing Tradeoffs?

Are you working through difficult discussions related to resources and budget? Just remember, contact centers must handle most customer-related work as it happens, so resource mismatches quickly results in big problems. It’s essential that those making decisions have a basic understanding of staff tradeoffs in a contact center (read: real time) environment. The following table is an example of how …

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The Measures Every Contact Center Should Have

Establishing the right measures and objectives is one of the most important responsibilities in leading and managing a contact center successfully. But there’s a significant inherent challenge, which has only become more difficult with the introduction of new channels and social contacts – we produce mounds of data! And even so, many organizations are operating without information that is essential …

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