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4th October 2005 at 08:24 #17262WilliamGuest
I have a 50 seat call center that is required to open 7am to 8pm 7 days a week. This means I am open 13 hours every day. How do I staff this if I am required to have 50 people on the phones every hour regardless of the call volume. My volume is currently 5,000 calls a day. I am all inbound. Any help would be appreciated.5th October 2005 at 00:41 #17263majeedGuest
according to the industry its should not cost you more than 2 dollar an hour, and agent cost shouldnt be more than 300$
Majeed Butt8th October 2005 at 08:43 #17264Jimmy YuGuest
Normally, the staffing should match the call volume change. Especially at the peak time. That the reason why a lot of call centers arrange people online by every half hour.
At your case，（required to have 50 people on the phones every hour regardless of the call volume），the key issue here is working shift, you can have 50 agent work from 8am to 12pm,(4 hours per shift),12 pm to 4pm, 4pm to 7pm Which means you need 150 person for three shift(4 hours per shift, 3 hours for last one).
Given the sick leave, training, vacation, you need 50 x 3 x 1.5= 225 agent in pools.
Meantime, you also could have 2 shifts, every shift is 7 hours, then you need 100 people every day.
Given the sick leave, training, vacation, I will suggest you need to have 50 x 2 x 1.5 = 150 people to in pool.
This is only the analysis for your situation, there are also some operational for this, for example, you need to have a monthly staff forecast plan for this, including all the situation, such as sick leave, vacation, training and other out-of-office situatinon.
You may also check my web-site frequently for detail information at
http://www.callcentersavvy.com , Where I will post a lot of call center operational knowledge and tips there.
Hope this helpful.
Jimmy10th October 2005 at 12:41 #17265BPO Sales PersonGuest
use the Erlanger model sold right here at ansapoint.com24th October 2005 at 23:24 #17266RajaGuest
If for some reason you must have 50 at all times, go for a blending architecture: The blended architecture will allow your idle agents to be busy doing outbound telemarketing. If inbound calls start increasing in the day, the o/b automatically decreases. So you can possibly earn o/b revenues as a supplement. Your tech platform must have the blending capability. Make every hour earn.2nd November 2005 at 09:07 #17267kushalGuest
whats the details can u please send it
Thank you5th November 2005 at 01:17 #17268LizGuest
I am using a web enabled predictive dialer. I only pay per use and I have agents working from home.
It really eliminates investing in the dialer.
Contact me if you need more info.5th November 2005 at 01:17 #17269RajaGuest
The blending is a feature offered by your call center software. Most leading softwares that handle provide blending, eg Concerto. Check w your software co if the feature is there. And you can get ALL your reps busy doing o/b when i/b is low.20th November 2005 at 17:36 #17270HarikrishnanGuest
Generally, the staffing has to match the call volume/time change, especially at the peak hours. That is the reason why a lot of BPO companies arrange agents/callers online by every hour.
In your case, you required to have 50 agents/callers on the phones every hour regardless of the call volume/measure the key issue here is shift timings. You can plan Full time 55 agents/callers work from 7am to 4pm (1 Hour break, which includes Refreshment, Hygiene). For the remaining
4Hours, you can plan Full time 60 agents/callers work from 3:30pm to 8:30pm (1 Hour break, which includes Refreshment, Hygiene).
1. Fulltime Agents 55 – 9 Hours Shift (which includes 1 hour beak for refreshment and hygiene )
2. Part-time Agents 60 – 5 Hours Shift (which includes 1/2 hour beak for refreshment and hygiene )
You can also have 2 shifts! | Each 7 hours Shift! = you need 100 people every day.
Given the sick leave, training, vacation, I will suggest you need to have 55 + 60 + 5 buffer = 120 people to in pool.
This is a general plan for your situation. You may also contact me.
Hope this will/could help you in staffing.
Harikrishnan22nd November 2005 at 19:31 #17271KKGuest
How do call centers arrange and set agents on hourly basis.