Special Days

You can watch a video to learn more about using special days to improve forecasting accuracy.

As a manager, you regularly need to forecast staffing plans for your agents. These forecasts use historical data to predict the level of staffing you may need for future shifts.

But what happens when you have days that don't follow the standard such as holidays, training days, company or product promotions? What if there are days you know will not suit your future staffing needs?

CXone WFM gives you the ability to define certain days as special days, allowing you to be more flexible when forecasting a staffing plan. You can exclude past days from a forecast, adjust the volume for a future day, or simply choose not to forecast for a future day.

Create a Special Day

You can create special days for all skills, or specific ones. If you are creating a special day for specific skills, you can add adjust your forecast differently for different skills, in the same special day, or even exclude skills, or decide not to forecast for those skills.

To create a special day:

  1. Click the app selector and select CXone WFM.

  2. Go to ForecastingSpecial Days.

  3. In the calendar, select the day or days you want to exclude from your forecast.

  4. Enter a description.

  5. Define the Start and End dates of the special day, as well as the Time Zone. You can define a time period that spans several days.

  6. Select if you want the special day to Repeat. If repeat is selected, you can see the tentative dates before creating the special day.

    Keep in mind, you can only repeat when the date range is less than seven days.

  7. Select whether you are creating this special day for All skills or Specific skills.

  8. If you selected Specific skills, in the Special Day Parameters, from the Skills drop down list, select the skills for the special day.

    If you want to apply different parameters to different skills, click Add skill at the bottom of the screen once you have finished defining the parameters for these skills.

  9. If your special day is in the future, you can select one of the following:

    • Do not forecast for this day: the Forecaster will not create a schedule forecast for this day.

      This is useful for upcoming holidays, or days when your organization will be closed.

    • Adjust forecast: The Forecaster will create a schedule forecast for this day. You can Decrease volume or Increase volume for this day by a defined percentage.

      This is useful if you know there will be an increase in call volume due to a marketing campaign, or any other reason.

    Although it is possible to select either of these options if you defined a day in the past, keep in mind, you cannot forecast a past day.

  10. You can choose to Exclude this day from future forecasts for any special day, whether past or future. This day will not be taken into consideration when forecasting for future staffing plans.

    This is useful for days with unique circumstances that will not be repeated, such as bad weather resulting in a shutdown.

  11. Click Save.

    The special day will appear in the calendar, as well as in the Forecasting Wizard.

    When creating a forecast, past days will be marked in the Historical Data step, while future days will appear in the forecast itself, with a special day indicator.

Manage Special Days

The Special Days calendar gives you a quick view of all created special days.

The table displays the upcoming special days. You can also see if they are recurring and who created them.

In the calendar you see the special days occurring in that month. At a glance you can see if the day was applied to all skills or only specific skills, the time range for the day, and if it overflows into another time zone.

Click on any of these days to view or edit the parameters.

Recurring special days are highlighted. You can view each occurrence by clicking on the special day in the Date column. In the Special Day Recurrence window, you can click on an occurrence to edit or delete it.