Off-peak, in a call center context, describes a time period with fewer calls than are handled in a busy period. Generally, call center agents use off-peak hours for non-phone work, such as training and e-learning, catching up with computer work or team building activities and meetings. Call center scheduling takes into account the peak and off-peak times when planning staffing needs.

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Off-peak can also refer to the discount time periods offered by telecommunications carriers.

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