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Has anyone in WFM ever tried using just ASA instead of SLA to determine staffing requirements? I set my assumptions at 99/360 (most calcs won't accept 100%) to get all calls answered within 6 minutes, plus not sure how to do this without using some form of a SLA formula. Not my recommendation, but my Director wants me to look into it. Any other thoughts on this is appreciated. Thank you.


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Statistically you cannot have 100% of calls answered
Statistically to get 100% of calls answered you would need an infinite number of staff due to the random arrival pattern on a poisson distribution.
This is why most calculators have 99% at the upper limit as an input.

Tools like the Erlang Calculator should also be able to show you average speed of answer as well as abandon rate.

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