Support Strategies: Mastering Help Desk Excellence

Dive into support excellence with "Support Strategies: Mastering Help Desk Excellence." Uncover articles dissecting help desk support, sharing proven strategies, and innovative approaches. As part of our blog, it's your compass for navigating the complexities of help desk operations, offering valuable guidance for support professionals, IT enthusiasts, and business owners.

Stop the Turnover: Maximize Help Desk Employee Retention & Prevent Agent Burnout

Happy IT Help Desk Personnel

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IT help desks have some of the highest turnover, which is very costly, pushing 40%. Why is that? John Loyd suggests several reasons, including high stress, lack of experience, and feeling ineffective. And so, how can organizations and leaders go about maximizing IT help desk employee retention?

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3 Top Ways to Provide More Cost-Effective Customer Service

3 Top Ways to Provide More Cost Effective Customer Service

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From the right tools to adequate staffing, customer service can turn out to be an expensive venture for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Most of the expenses incurred come from in-house teams, usually those working in a call-center. If customers get off of the phone with your in-house team and still don't have a resolution to their issue, that can also be seen as both time and money wasted. This is especially true if the customer decides to forego your business thanks to that particular experience.

According to Hannah Steiman of Peak Support, there are a few ways in which in-house customer service can become costly:

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The Difference Between Help Desk, Technical Support & Desktop Support & Skills Required

The Difference Between Helpdesk Technical and Desktop Support and Skills Required

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With continued growth in computer and hand-held device use in the lives of many brings increasing technical questions and problems that arise. And so, the field of supporting these systems grows along with it, which brings business opportunities for entrepreneurs, and employment opportunities for support personnel.

But there are different types of support needs accompanied by varying required responsibilities and skills. The following are the differences between, and skills required for, three common areas of support: Help Desk, Technical Support, and Desktop/Deskside Support.

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5 Types of Help Desk Examples: Which is Right For You?

5 Types of Help Desk: Which is Right For You

Help desks are typically grouped according to their form of deployment, the size of a client's business and whether the software's source code is accessible and easy to alter. When searching for the perfect help desk, you must take these elements into consideration. The following is an explanation of the five main types of help desk examples currently on the market:

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6 Important Considerations for Cloud Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Cloud Service Level Agreements

When it comes to cloud computing, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) act as both the structure and warranty of the terms of the relationship between the consumer and provider. SLAs that are tailored toward services in the cloud often include information that differs from other agreements of the same stature.

The following are six important considerations to be aware of for service level agreements customized for the cloud:

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6 Key Components of a Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Service Level Agreements (SLA) Terms of Service

What specifically needs to be included in a service level agreement? Which aspects are described in an SLA? In this post, we explain the 6 common elements of a service contract.

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The Importance of Good Grammar in Customer Service Chat

Customer Service Chat & Grammar

It is no secret that in the digital age, convenience and instant gratification are king. Convenience and speed are evident everywhere from cloud servers to text message jargon. Everything is designed and cultivated to be as quick as possible. But perhaps some things are meant to happen just a little bit slower.

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Turning Customer Service Lemons into Lemonade

Customer Service Lemons to Lemonade

Sometimes life gives you lemons. It happens to you personally and it will happen with your business too. From the small issues like late delivery of a customer's order to the big ones like a product recall that threatens the bottom line, the trick to handling lemons is learning to make them into lemonade. Here are some examples of companies who turned lemons into lemonade and some tips for how to do it yourself.

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3 Considerations When Setting Service Level Goals and Objectives

Service Level Goals

Service level is an important KPI in a call center. Basically, service level is defined as the percentage of calls answered within a specified number of seconds. A common SLA metrics example is 80% of calls answered within 30 seconds. This response time SLA is sometimes considered an industry standard, but customer service is about more than just a speedy response. Let's take a look at some of the other factors involved in setting service level goals and service level objectives.

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Customer Service Apologies

Customer Service Best Practices Apologizing

Sometimes it is necessary to apologize. Apologies usually come after a mistake has been made. The idea of acknowledging that there is something to apologize for is off-putting to many businesses, but the fact is, mistakes sometimes happen. Whenever your company is dealing with customers who would like an issue addressed or have a complaint to make, an apology is a good place to start.

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