(WorkForce) Managing the Holiday Season!

With the holidays quickly approaching, retailers are gearing up for an increase in customer service staffing needs. 

Workforce management (WFM) systems, like Enghouse Interactive’s, offer an enterprise forecasting and scheduling application that maximises agents’ work schedules across all customer communication channels to combat these needs. These include voice interactions, chat sessions, email requests, text messaging and social media.

As these service requirements change throughout the day, advanced intraday management tools help WFM analysts monitor scheduled plans against the forecast while allowing supervisors to quickly adjust agents’ work schedules to meet unexpected customer volumes.

Clear communication is key with employees in the retail world, especially around the holidays!

The Enghouse WFM framework connects agents, supervisors and analysts together using multiple notification options.

Agents, supervisors and analysts can interact about schedule changes across five different channels, including desktop pop-ups, internal memos, email notifications, SMS/text messaging, and an agent mobile application.

Through any of these options, supervisors and schedulers can:

  •   Send ad hoc information and notifications to a specific group or individual.
  •   Send reminders about upcoming scheduled events.
  •   Solicit agents for opt-in shift adjustments.
  •   Notify agents of schedule changes and processed requests.

A key to setting staff expectations regarding their work schedules is analysing past years’ forecasts and shift patterns and establishing what works and what should be avoided.

Enghouse WFM offers a number of flexible forecasting options.  Schedulers can use historical call data sets, such as rolling days, static timeframes or date ranges to create forecasts in addition to supporting Excel data imports.

In retail, the need to hire seasonal employees is about as likely as overindulging at Thanksgiving dinner. The forecasting and scheduling functions within Enghouse WFM deliver advanced tools to run unlimited “what-if” analysis to prepare the contact centre for any scenario without impacting the production environment.

For example, it looks like a retailer may need to hire an extra fifteen seasonal employees, but through using advanced scheduling capabilities a more efficient schedule can be produced which only requires five new employees, minimising labour costs.

Enghouse WFM keeps employees engaged as it was built from the ground up with agent empowerment at the forefront of its design.

So agents are involved in the scheduling process, giving them input into critical scheduling decisions such as shift swapping, opt-in requests, or unplanned time-off, which can come in handy when maintaining a healthy and happy staff during the hustle and bustle of the holidays!

This blog post has been re-published by kind permission of Enghouse Interactive – View the original post

To find out more about Enghouse Interactive, visit their website.

Published On: 20th Nov 2017 - Last modified: 21st Nov 2017
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