Managing Overtime Offers
At any given time, you might have more than one Overtime Offer open or in progress. WFM makes it easy for you to manage Overtime Offers by providing intuitive controls and views, enabling you to perform the following tasks:
- Create, delete, or copy offers.
- Associate agents and sites with offers.
- Disassociate or remove agents and sites from offers.
- View bid slots for selected agents and decline bid requests.
- Initiate the overtime scheduling process.
- Edit the Properties, Agents, and Sites settings for a selected offer by clicking the tab, making the necessary changes and then, saving them.
Creating Overtime Offers
To create an overtime offer:
- Go to Schedule > Overtime Bidding.
- In the Objects pane, select a business unit or a site and then, click .
- In the Overtime Offers pane, click New .
- The Overtime Offer Properties pane opens.
- Enter a name for the Overtime Offer.
- By default, the Name field is already populated with a unique name when you select New. The name includes a number to ensure that each newly created Overtime Offer has a unique name in the Configuration database. You can change this name, but it must remain unique to prevent duplicate name errors from occurring.
- Continue setting the properties as described in Overtime Offer Properties.
- When finished, click Save .
To delete an overtime offer:
- In the Overtime Offers pane, select the offer you want to delete.
- Click Delete .
- When the Confirmation dialog opens, click Yes to delete the offer, or No to cancel the action.
Using Copy to Create Offers
To create an overtime offer by copying an existing offer:
- In the Overtime Offers pane, select the offer you want to copy.
- The Associate
- Select the Business Unit that you want to associate with this offer and click Apply .
- Rename the offer and change any other property settings, as required.
- The Overtime Offer name must be unique in the Configuration database.
- Click Save .
Associating Agents with Offers
You can associate agents in two ways: By selecting all agents skilled in the activity you specified for this Overtime Offer or by choosing agents from a list. Note that the controls used to add and remove agents from a list are not visible when you select the option Use all agents skilled for the selected activity.
To associate agents with an overtime offer:
- Click the Agents tab.
- Check the Use all agents skilled for the selected activity check box.
- The Agents section of the pane is populated only with agents who are skilled in the specified activity. WFM selects these agents automatically.
- Optionally, click Add Agents to select agents from a list.
- The Available Agents pane opens these columns
- (the agents') Last name, First name, Site, and Team.
- Select the agents you want to associate with the Overtime Offer and click Assign and save .
Using Search and Sort to Find Agents
If the list of agents on the Agents tab or in the Available Agents pane becomes long, find agents quickly by clicking Sort :
- Select one of three columns to sort on the Agents tab: First name, Last name, Site.
- Select one of four columns to sort in the Available Agents pane: First name, Last name, Site, Team.
You can also use Search to find agents in long lists by clicking the First name or Last name radio buttons and then, entering the agent's name, or enter other search criteria
Removing Associated Agents from Offers
To remove agents associated with an overtime offer:
- In the Agents tab, click the row of the agent that you want to remove.
- Click Remove agents .
- When the Confirmation dialog opens, click Yes to delete the agent, or No to cancel the action.
Viewing Bid Slots for Agents
To view bid slot for an agent:
- In the Agents tab, click the row of the agent whose bid slots you want to see.
- The Bid Slots pane opens, showing bid information for the selected agent in four columns
- Bid (priority)
- Start (date/time)
- End (date/time)
- Status (of the bid)
Declining Agents' Bid Requests
To decline an agent's bid request:
- Click the Agents tab and select the agent whose bids you want to view and decline.
- The Bid Slots pane opens displaying a list of the agent's bid requests.
- Select the row containing the bid you want to decline.
- The Bid Slot Details pane opens with the following information:
- The schedule date (on which agents insert bid slots)
- The bid slot start date and time
- The bid slot end date and time
- The priority number
- The status
- The reason (or warnings that appear when agents insert bid slots or during processing)
- The comments associated with the bid slot
- Click Decline .
- In the Confirmation dialog that opens, click Yes to proceed or No to cancel the action.
- If you select Yes, the status in the Bid Slots pane changes to Declined.
- To continue with another bid slot or another agent, click Close to return to the Agents tab.
Associating Sites with Offers
To associate sites with an overtime offer:
- Click the Sites tab.
- Check the sites that you want to associate with the offer.
- If you want to select all sites, select the top check box named Site.
Removing Associated Sites from Offers
To remove sites associated with an overtime offer:
- In the Sites tab, clear the check box beside the site(s) you want to remove or disassociate from the offer.
- Click Save .
Initiating the Overtime Scheduling Process
To start the overtime scheduling process:
- At the top of the Overtime Offers pane, click Initiate scheduling process .
- When the Confirmation dialog opens, click Yes to begin the scheduling process or No to cancel the action.
- If you select Yes, a Processing dialog opens with a progress bar indicating that WFM is processing the agents' requests.
After WFM processes all agents' requests for overtime and schedules them, the Overtime offer is closed and WFM clears the check box This Overtime Offer is open. Agents who submitted requests will see them as Resolved in the Web for Agents UI and the Overtime offer status as Closed.
Continuous Processing of Overtime Offers
You can enable WFM to continuously process Overtime Offers, which have FIFO selected for agent bid ranking criteria. Continuous, automatic processing is enabled by setting a configuration option in the WFM Server application, which specifies the time interval between overtime bidding processes. When enabled, there's no need to manually initiate the scheduling process, as Overtime Offers stay open and WFM does not automatically clear the This Overtime Offer is open check box to close the offer (as it does when the process is manually initiated).
For information about how to enable this feature, see the Workforce Management Administrators Guide.