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Agile Agent Workforce.

In today’s globally connected world, customers demand quick, effortless and multi-channel access to their service providers. To exceed customer expectations and deliver consistent service while controlling costs, contact centers must quickly adapt their workforce by accurately anticipating, planning and responding to the ever-changing dynamics of customer behaviors.

Supporting a modern, multi-channel mobile world.

EarthBend360 Ascend Workforce Management (WFM), powered by CommunityWFM, eclipses the benefits traditionally delivered by legacy workforce technologies by tightly integrating an innovative multi-channel notification framework.

Ascend WFM’s customizable desktop portals are designed by industry experts, specifically for agents, supervisors, schedulers, and administrators. This enables organizations to maximize resource productivity, deliver a more consistent customer service experience, and better control payroll-related expenses.

Contact centers deploying Ascend WFM enjoy heightened employee engagement and collaboration, and agents obtain unprecedented visibility into team schedules, pending requests, upcoming scheduled events, offers for over- and under-time, and much more.

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    Ascend WFM delivers a powerful communication framework.

    Ascend WFM is enabled by a powerful messaging framework integrated into its core DNA. Users can interact with staff across five distinct bi-directional communications channels. No other workforce management tool offers the breadth of communication options and enables the same quick access for staff to use email, text messaging, a mobile app, internal memos, pop-up alerts and streaming messages. Via any of the Ascend WFM communication options, supervisors and schedulers can perform functions such as:

    • Sending ad-hoc information and notifications to a specific group or individual

    • Delivering reminders about upcoming schedule events

    • Soliciting agents for opt-in shift adjustments

    • Notifying agents of schedule changes and processed requests

    Ascend WFM’s innovative mobile app connects and empowers your agents on-the-go by providing visibility to schedules, schedule change notifications, opt-in offers, reminders, adherence KPIs and much more. While away from their desktop, any agent can:

    • View their schedules, adherence and attendance

    • Receive reminders, notifications and accept or decline offers for over- and under-time

    • Notify management of tardiness or absence due to illness

    • Submit time-off requests

    Robust, Wizard-Based Forecasting and Scheduling Functionality.

    Ascend WFM’s wizard-based forecasting and scheduling tools intuitively walk users through processes that promote operational efficiency and controlled costs. Users can run advanced “what-if” analyses by varying demand, service level and overhead values to accurately forecast staffing levels. Step-by-step, administrators build a working forecast model derived from historic contact volume and handle time, service objectives and shrinkage percentages. They can then routinely produce an unlimited number of optimized schedules against any of an unlimited number of forecasts or staff plans.

    Forecasting

    • Omni-channel staff planning

    • Multiple service metrics for omni-channel contact centers

    • Five selectable modeling engines

    • Time of day and day of week sensitive targets and shrinkage parameters

    • Unlimited “what-if” analysis and version control

    Scheduling

    • Wizard-driven schedule optimization and bidding

    • Algorithm bias control – lowest cost or maximize coverage

    • Schedule efficiency measurement

    • Detailed cost of schedules

    • One-click publish schedule notification

    Experience the power, simplicity, and convenience of automated schedule adjustment planning.

    Automated Schedule Attendance Monitor (ASAM)

    Ascend WFM’s wizard-based forecasting and scheduling tools intuitively walk users through processes that promote operational efficiency and controlled costs. Users can run advanced “what-if” analyses by varying demand, service level and overhead values to accurately forecast staffing levels. Step-by-step, administrators build a working forecast model derived from historic contact volume and handle time, service objectives and shrinkage percentages. They can then routinely produce an unlimited number of optimized schedules against any of an unlimited number of forecasts or staff plans.

    Automated Schedule Adjustment Plans (ASAP)

    Imagine having the ability to refine work schedules and immediately inform agents across their chosen channels. Ascend WFM provides a unique toolkit that enables analysts to create, save and re-use an unlimited number of customizable strategies. This on-demand feature allows analysts to increase, decrease or refine staffing levels, virtually eliminating tedious and time-consuming schedule modification processes.

    Improve Agent Efficiency With Advanced Adherence Reporting.

    Schedule adherence reporting tracks how well an agent complies with their scheduled activities. Effective measurement and management of schedule adherence can help a contact center to:

    • Gain visibility for assessing projected coverage needs and guiding intraday decision-making

    • Drive operational efficiency, increase productivity, reduce agent occupancy, lower average wait times and improve customer satisfaction

    • Plan for future staffing needs more effectively by analyzing the historical use of agent resources

    • Notifying agents of schedule changes and processed requests

    Ascend WFM seamlessly integrates three levels of adherence reporting for supervisors, schedulers and agents. You can instantly view real-time alerts, monitor daily or weekly performance and access historical adherence reports. Adherence reporting tools and agent event reminders are powerful drivers of ROI for any contact center, and have been shown to provide an increase of 10 – 30% in captured productivity hours.

    Ascend WFM’s robust interface merges adherence performance alongside daily schedules for intraday schedule management. You can access real-time adherence alerts detailing performance metrics by team or at the agent level. Key feature functionality offered by the solution includes:

    • Photo-based reporting and real-time alerts

    • Quick view of contact center threshold value and individual agent status

    • Adherence summaries by event, skill or phone state

    • One-click adherence reconciliation

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