How To Increase First Call Resolution With Self-help

Focusing on First Call Resolution


When properly managed, your help desk should allow customer and employee problems to be resolved quickly. When tier-one help desk professionals are well- trained, first call resolution (FCR) rates improve and operational costs decrease due to a decrease in expensive call escalations.

In a Forrester research survey of 2,100 technology users, only 53% of those surveyed were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the help desk. One of the areas of greatest dissatisfaction was the ability for the help desk to resolve problems on the first call. In a 2007 survey of North American call centers, the industry average for First Call Resolution (FCR) was 68%.

This white paper examines the three critical components of your help desk (people, process, and technology) and shares industry best practices and expert recommendations. Some topics covered include:

  • Suggestions for demonstrating the value of your help desk by sharing the most commonly valued metrics to external stakeholders and using root cause analysis to proactively address important issues
  • Using metrics: Average Speed to Answer, Cost per Contact, Agent Utilization, Customer Satisfaction, # of System Outages, # of phone and email contacts, # of incident/agent/hour
  • When to consider on-demand help desk outsourcing
  • Self-help knowledge base management tools
  • Remote management to provide rapid diagnosis of problems
  • Value of ITIL for the help desk
  • Value of a well-integrated help desk within IT and entire business

Click Download White Paper to read more about how to improve the ROI of your help desk.