Outbound WFM Calculator

The calculator helps estimate the number of agents needed for running an outbound campaign.

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The calculator uses the following input parameters:

  • Type of dialing method. The current version provides two types of dialing methods: progressive and predictive.
  • Average call handling time. (talk+wrapping up). Normally, average handling time for outbound campaigns is substantially shorter than for inbound campaigns due to the large numbers of short calls.
  • Calling list size.
  • Campaign duration. The time interval within which the campaign should be completed, in minutes.
  • Hit ratio. The percentage of outbound calls that will reach live customers.
  • Average customer patience time before they hang up. Typically, for outbound campaigns, this time, is quite short.
  • Max abandonment rate. A percentage of calls that will be abandoned by impatient customers. This value is a subject of regulations and must not exceed a mandated value (e.g. 3% in The United States);
  • Max average waiting time. This optional value imposes a restriction on average waiting time. The waiting time is a time a customer spends in a queue waiting for an agent.

The calculator consumes these parameters and comes up with a minimum number of agents needed that will satisfy campaign service objectives. The calculation is performed as a series of simulations to find the optimum values.

As an output the calculator returns the following values:

  • The minimum number of agents needed for running the campaign.
  • The expected average abandonment rate the campaign will have;
  • The expected average waiting time;
  • The expected agent occupancy;

When a staffing demand is calculated, the user can adjust a number of agents to obtain more convenient service indicators.

If the user wants to change campaign values he/she should use a button “Change Input Parameters”.

Example 1. Let us take default values:

  • Dialing type is ‘Predictive’;
  • Average handling time is equal to 30 seconds;
  • Calling list comprises 10,000 numbers;
  • The campaign should last 120 minutes;
  • Average patience time is equal to 3 seconds, and
  • Max abandonment rate id equal to 3% that corresponds to industry standard.

Let press the “Start Calculation” button and after several seconds of calculations we obtain the following values and service indicators:

Min number of agents is set to 15. Average abandonment rate is 1.8%. Average waiting time is shown to be 0.13 second. Agent occupancy will be 81.6%.

Example 2. Let us take the same default values but change type of dialing to “Progressive”. In this case, we obtain a number of agents to be equal to 20. That is a progressive type is less effective that predictive one.


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