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Employee Lifecycle, Shrinkage and Performance Management

What are the top 3 challenges for contact centres? Speaking to a large a sample of our 150 member organisations, we have identified the following three:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • High absence and other shrinkage factors
  • Performance Management

Standards and Business Accreditation

The Standards programme is designed as a journey of improvement leading towards accreditation for Planning, Insight and Quality teams and functions. Whether you are at the start of your journey, wanting to understand the fundamentals of best practice, or an established team wanting to become best-in-class this programme is you.

Planning for COVID: What have we learned from our first response?

March 2021 was a key milestone, with the anniversary of our first UK lockdown. It was also a year on from our first free webinar series at The Forum on planning for COVID-19. So what have we learned? How can we think or act differently?

What is hybrid working?

With a seemingly unstoppable tide of support for some homeworking, what makes a new operating model fit for the future? How do we avoid floating on a sea of outdated working practices or policies?

Moment of Truth – The Forum Community App, live stream exclusive

The moment of truth; critical time for your workforce strategy and hybrid operating model. Strategy is about to become the reality as organisations look to introduce strategic Hybrid operating model at scale post the summer holidays which will have important consequences for the future.

Will homeworking outlast the virus?

Who will be rushing back into the office and what choices will people be offered? Is this a global shift in our work lives? What is driving decision making?

Healthy Working Patterns for a hybrid world

Homework is opening up new approaches to scheduling and resource allocation. So, could hybrid working be a platform to support wellbeing and deliver different outcomes for both business and people?

Unlocking the Opportunity: National Conference

Our National Conference focusses on our individual communities of Leadership, Planning, Insight and Quality providing a community focus to develop topics, discuss challenges, share ideas and learn from fellow professionals. The last face-to-face Forum event was in November 2019 in Manchester. The pandemic gave us an opportunity to do something different and experiment with virtual events which have proved extremely popular. With the opportunity to hold face-to-face events now opening up, it gives us another opportunity to experiment. 

The question now is: How do we combine the best of virtual and face-to-face?

Why was everyone moving to the cloud in a pandemic?

Speed, agility and no upfront costs are key drivers, as well as homework, but other benefits are now flowing, as your teams focus beyond just technology, to transform user experience.

How did we get everyone up and running at home overnight when lockdown hit?

We got everyone up and running at home in days, despite coming from a standing start. This is how it happened and what we learned that can help us going forwards.