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Part 1: Why do WFM projects fail? – And what to do?

Part one of our three-part series: Many in the WFM field have seen it happen time and time again: companies implement a WFM program in their contact center. Yet, come six months later and the software just sits there, unused, with everything running exactly the same way as before. Inefficiencies run rampant once again, with [...]
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Forecasting & scheduling for social media – not so tricky

Nowadays, a social media channel is a part of any organizations' customer service. It doesn’t replace traditional customer service channels. It’s, in fact, becoming an increasingly important part of an organization’s overall approach to serving and communicating with customers. It won’t replace call-center channels, such as telephone or e-mail, but rather become yet an additional [...]
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WFM and driving change in organizations

Implementing a workforce-management system within an organization is a great opportunity to analyze and re-think current operational processes across departments with a new eye so as to gain efficiency − not only in terms of staffing costs, but also in terms of processes. It’s very common that questions arise during workshops with our WFM consultants; [...]
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WFM in an omni-channel world

During the short 30-minute train ride to the airport this morning, I used my phone, e-mail, SMS, Facebook, chat, and face-to-face talk for interaction. Thirty minutes; six different channels! A tech-savvy millennial would probably have used even more. Matt Sims wrote on his Teleperformance blog: “Multichannel customer service isn’t innovation; it’s simply what customers expect [...]
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Neither Avatar nor Terminator: WFM automation somewhere in the middle

The movie Avatar is about powerfully-engineered, living entities. Trained humans are electronically linked to its own “avatar” thereby controlling its every move. Whatever the human instructs, the avatar does it faster and more powerfully. Unplugged, their avatar ceases to function. In the movie, The Terminator, the terminator is also an engineered creature, but, contrary to [...]
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Make it easy to learn new concepts

Ensuring durable knowledge transfer during training sessions is always a bit of a challenge. Because people have different ways of perceiving and understanding their environment, they have developed different learning methods and approaches that work best for them. Some people prefer listening as it stimulates their auditory memory; some prefer taking notes, writing in their [...]
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Elton John’s odd lyrics – or importance of clear message delivery

I was reading an article in the Huffington Post about misheard song lyrics and, in a roundabout way, brought to mind the challenges WFM and operations partners face while communicating with each other. I don't know how many times I have seen frustration on a colleague’s face when trying to express, “Hold me closer tiny [...]
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Use WFM to identify and improve performance centers

Organizations with customer relations today are facing challenges of growing demand and more complex customer requests while, at the same time, they’re searching for more efficient ways to combine great customer service and operational efficiency. As such, analyzing operations and processes would benefit from the use of various sets of tools. In this post, we [...]
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