Most organizations approach IT support management reactively (perhaps the phrase “fighting IT fires” sounds familiar to you). But in this world of high expectations and quest for instant results, it’s no longer enough that IT just fix something once it breaks To stay ahead, the helpdesk must take a proactive role in service delivery While immediate response activities are often performed, services can be planned and managed in a timely manner Make requests less frequent.
When agents are given the right tools and resources, they can process requests more efficiently. This not only relieves stress from end-users but also helps improve the company’s reputation by making sure customer service standards stay high in spite of increased workloads or changeable weather conditions
In this article, we share how Regrader provides fast and efficient IT support to optimize your IT help desk.
Create a system to monitor requests
Users want a quick and easy response to their requests, and technicians want to quickly see the problem in order to provide a quick and efficient solution.
We assume that you already have a service desk system, (that is, a set of both technological and human resources dedicated to managing incidents), but if not, it is a good time to start thinking about having it. With a request management system, requests are uploaded by an identified user and prioritized for an agent to respond to. The goal is to design a way to assign categories to requests, select who can respond to them, automate processes, and do whatever it takes to resolve the request as quickly as possible.
At a basic level, what is needed is to establish clear communication for agents and end users throughout the lifecycle of the request, while also tracking its progress.
Create a knowledge center to encourage user self-service
Resolving queries and preventing common requests is the goal of IT support. When end users can troubleshoot and resolve their own requests, this of course reduces the workload and backlog for the IT helpdesk.
By anticipating common requests and allowing users to easily access self-service articles and information to solve their own problems, user satisfaction increases, and resolution wait times decrease.
To do this successfully, users need to have access to a knowledge base where they can quickly and intuitively find solutions to their problems, and even have the option to suggest a solution when uploading requests. The knowledge base can host internal articles for reference by support staff and external articles through the self-service portal. Simply put, the better your knowledge base, the better you can anticipate requests.
Manage your workload
Providing quality support means managing your staff as efficiently as possible to better respond to service requests. The goal of support is, as mentioned above, to meet the expectations of end users while taking care of pending work requests so they don’t pile up.
One of the ways to guarantee success is to track the historical backlog, that is, accumulated pending requests, this will serve to see the complete picture and take the necessary measures to resolve the requests. Analyzing the accumulated historical backlog is key to better staff efficiency and fewer delayed requests.
When in doubt, measure, measure, and measure
When deciding what actions to take to optimize the support provided, it is necessary to measure what we are doing, that is, waiting times for users requesting a response from agents, and vice versa, changes in the priority of the work, usage score of the Knowledge Base for resolution of requests, number of collaborations between support agents, etc.
To make the best decisions, it’s important to have accurate data. Data can be collected quickly and easily with just a few clicks of your mouse or taps on an app screen – this way you don’t get lost in all those numbers!
Therefore, it is very important to have a support tool that allows you to obtain personalized graphs and reports in real time.
Any IT manager wants their department to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and the only way to know what’s working and what’s not is to go back and look at the data.
Identify who is in charge of resolving a request at any given time
When a customer reports an issue with one of our services, we take their feedback seriously and work hard to resolve it as quickly as possible. We know that not every problem can be solved immediately so in order for us to help you find what’s going on here at [sincerely mention company name], let me ask some questions…