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Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about help desk outsourcing an IT support services.
There a number of factors you should look at when considering outsourcing your help desk. Obviously, cost is the primary one everyone focuses on. But there are other questions you should consider such as:
These are just some of the questions you should consider when looking at outsourcing your help desk.
There are a few key areas that are designed to guarantee quality:
Quality Assurance Reviews - the job of our quality assurance team is to monitor calls and review tickets. They use a rating system that ranks various aspects of the agent's handling of the call as well as the agent's documentation in the ticket and follow-through on documented processes; especially on those tickets escalated to another group. Not only do the agents receive their personal rating each week, but the QA specialist works with the Team Lead and agent to provide side-by-side coaching on calls and identify areas in which they believe the agent requires additional training.
Service Levels - Service Levels are designed to hold the outsourcer, such as us, accountable for the services we provide. We have service levels such as average speed of answer, abandon rate, email response time, first call resolution, and customer satisfaction, to name a few, that hold us accountable to achieve service level thresholds. Our Team Lead manages service levels daily adjusting staffing, staff schedules, and reaching out to users responding to surveys.
Predictable, Repeatable Processes - By using well documented Knowledge Base articles that define process you ensure that not only do your users receive service that is predictable and repeatable, but your help desk and resolver groups all know what is expected of them with each type of call; whether it is resolved at the help desk or escalated to another group.
We recommend that you visit the Help Desk Institute's web site in order to gain a better understanding. For more information, please go to HDI's website.
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An average user calls the help desk 1.25 times per month. Given this statistic, a population of 1,000 users would generate an average of 1,250 calls per month. In a mature environment, one which is stable and hasn't had a lot of upgrades recently, this number will be lower. In an unstable environment, one that experiences unusual downtime or has had recent upgrades, this number can easily be over 3.0
There is a theoretical answer and a practical answer to this question. Using simple math think about this: if the average call length is 5 minutes then theoretically an agent can handle 12 calls per hour x 8 hours = 96 calls per day. But consider some of these factors that affect this theoretical throughput:
30 to 70 calls per day "depending".
Per-Incident Pricing typically allows you to contact the help desk multiple times (i.e. within 24 hours) until the issue is resolved.
Per-Call Pricing is typically associated with non-technical customer service (only) centers that charge for every contact made in-bound and outbound.
Sometimes in the help desk industry these two terms, "per-incident" and "per-call", are intermixed, so be sure to ask how you will be charged.
Here are a couple of other pricing options used in the industry:
Per-Minute Pricing is typically used by non-technical customer service (only) call centers that charge for every minute an agent is on the phone making inbound and outbound calls.
Fixed Pricing is usually associated with government-type help desk contracts or some large, fixed scoped, corporate help desk contracts.
Learn more about IT help desk pricing in our blog, IT Help Desk Outsourcing Pricing Models.
Relationship - We work with you and your teams to develop daily working relationships in order to better understand and service your callers. Every environment has special needs - from special handling of executives to accommodating surgical teams and complete sales forces. By performing effective due diligence we can tailor service levels to maintain high productivity.
Predictable, Repeatable Processes - By using well documented KnowledgeBase articles that define process we ensure that your users know what to expect when they call the help desk. At the same time our employees know what's expected of them each time they take one of your calls. And when we have to escalate a call to one of your internal resolver teams, that predictable repeatable process makes it easy for your teams to know what to expect from us when we escalate a help desk ticket to them.
Yes, we support hospitals as well as companies from many other industries.
We have a hospital that had a very difficult reputation at the help desk because of its high average speed of answer of over 2 minutes and 25-40% of its calls being dropped. Within 30 days we brought these Service Levels down to what is now an average speed of answer of 28 sec and an average abandon rate of 2.9%. In addition, resolution rates at the help desk have almost doubled. As a result, users are confident to use the help desk again, users' issues are being resolved immediately instead of waiting 3 days, satisfaction has increased, and IT's reputation is being restored.
We will provide you with an assigned Relationship Advocate who will be your "Single Point of Contact" for any changes, additions or deletions of the agreed upon Scope of Work. This individual is your single point of contact (SPOC) on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Any issues, or concerns regarding our service can be addressed immediately with this individual. The Relationship Advocate sets the operational meeting frequency with your team and reviews reports generated for the service provided. The relationship advocate engages in a proactive effort to improve your customer service environment.
In addition, you will be assigned a Team Lead who will manage the help desk analysts supporting your account. The Team Lead is available to you on a daily basis for operational questions or process review.
Please contact us at 1.800.770.1075 and one of our associates will be glad to assist you.
We are headquartered in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. We service customers throughout the world. Geography is not a deterrent for us to provide quality, efficient technical support to your office, mobile or manufacturing environments.
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