We are a .com service provider customer contact center with approximately 80-100 inbound agents. Can someone direct me to any automated scheduling tools to help us with our manpower scheduling requirements. Yes we’re familiar with such systems as TCS. However, our company is not ready to spend high five to six figures. Any known low to medium cost tools, their web site locations and/or contact sources would be greatly appreciated.
Depending on how much time you have you could do the whole thing manually. Having managed a 60 seat centre doing this it became second nature, you will benefit from this when you do wish to purchase a system. Have you seen the book “Call Centre Management on Fast Forward” it will give you a step by step guide, which if followed will give you a shcedule as accurate as any expensivr system as it takes you through the (almost) the same steps that something like TCS would do.
I am currently using TCS and it does have it’s plus sides, we schedule 300+ agents, so it works well with what we do. In my previous job I used Hills-b (www.htlt.com) and found that to be very accurate and easy to use