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Get an overview of the Schedule module and related topics in the following sections:
- Using the Schedule Module
- Schedule Security
- About Scheduling
- Profile Scheduling: Creating Schedules Without Agents
- Using the Schedule Scenario View
- Using Other Scenario Views
- Using the Master Schedule Views
- Pending Schedule Changes
- Approving Pending Changes
Before creating a schedule, you should:
- Configure forecast scenarios.
- Create, build and publish a staffing forecast for each activity you plan to schedule.
TipA single forecast scenario can contain forecasts for multiple activities.
You can create a schedule before publishing a forecast, but many schedule functions (such as Coverage) will be unavailable.
Using the Schedule Module
The Schedule module displays agent schedule information in a variety of tables and graphs.
Use the Schedule views to:
- Create schedule scenarios, including profile scenarios, which can be used for Schedule Bidding.
- Build the Schedule.
- Publish schedule scenarios to, and extract them from, the Master Schedule.
- View weekly and daily schedules for your scenarios and the Master Schedule.
- Evaluate schedule coverage for your scenarios and the Master Schedule.
- Revise schedules as circumstances require.
- Create, view, edit, remove, and commit pending schedule changes.
- Assign agents to profile schedules, if your scenario includes them.
You might have full access to all parts of the Schedule module or you might have limited access, depending on the settings configured for your Security Role. See Roles.
If you do not have permission to access certain schedule functions, that functionality is disabled.
The Schedule module helps you make the most efficient use of personnel, enabling you to adjust schedules in real time, as workload or agent availability changes. The Schedule module builds optimal schedules based on real agents, incorporating their exceptions and preferences into the scheduling process.
Workforce Management builds optimal schedules within a site’s business constraints.
- Available resources with required skills.
- Service-level requirements.
- Employment contracts and business policies.
- Agent preferences.
Profile Scheduling: Creating Schedules Without Agents
Profile scheduling enables you to model schedule outcomes without having actual agents.
You can create schedules based on user&mash;defined profiles and then assign agents to the resulting schedules; or you can create schedules using a mix of real and profile agents.
Use profile scheduling whenever you want to create a schedule before you actually hire agents.
- Use WFM Web to define profiles, which consist of contract working rules and a skill set.
- Use the Schedule module to create schedules, using profiles appropriate to the work and to your anticipated hires.
- Assign newly hired agents to the open slots in the profile schedules.
Using the Schedule Scenarios View
The Scenarios view enables you to open existing scenarios and work with them. It also enables you to create, edit, or delete schedule scenarios, and to publish them to the Master Schedule.
To display the Scenarios view:
- Select Schedule from the Home menu on the toolbar.
- Select Scenarios from the Schedule menu on the toolbar.
Using Other Scenario Views
When you open a scenario, the scenario's name becomes a menu in the toolbar, and an item in the Schedule menu. The following views appear in that menu: Coverage, Weekly, Intra-Day, Agent-Extended, Profiles/Bidding, Summary, and State Group Totals.
To open a view for that scenario, select it from the <scenario_name> menu.
Opening additional scenarios adds their names to the Schedule menu. Use the Schedule menu to switch between several open scenarios.
To remove a scenario's views from the displayed lists, close that scenario.
Using the Master Schedule Views
If you have access rights to the Master Schedule, then you can select Master Schedule from the Schedule menu. Master Schedule becomes a menu in the toolbar, from which you can select any of the following Master Schedule views: Coverage, Weekly, Intra-Day, Agent-Extended, Summary, State Group Totals and Overtime Requirement. The Changes Approval view is listed only if you have the permission to Approve Changes in WFM Web.
To open one of these Master Schedule views, select it from the menu.
Pending Schedule Changes
If you do not have security permission to Approve Changes, any edits you make to a schedule scenario or the Master Schedule are entered as pending. That is, they are visible only to you and do not appear in the publically-visible version of the schedule scenario or the Master Schedule until a user who has the Approve Master Schedule Changes permission reviews and approves them.
- If you publish a schedule scenario to the Master Schedule, pending changes are not published.
- If you extract data from the Master Schedule to a scenario, the pending changes do not appear in the scenario.
Approving Pending Changes
There are a number of ways to view and approve or reject pending schedule changes. If the pending changes were created by another user, you can use:
- The Master Schedule Changes Approval view.
If the pending changes were made by you, then you can use: