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Manage an Internal Helpdesk? Here’s All You Need to Know

May 04, 2022
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Happy employees are productive employees. It’s not a supposition—it’s a fact backed by a full-fledged study: the 700-person experiment

For the study, researchers chose employees at random and either showed them a 10-minute comedy clip or gave them snacks/drinks. Then, they checked with a series of questions to gauge if they were actually happy—they were. 

Finally, they were given a task to measure their productivity—it was 12% higher than another control group which was not under the happiness shock. Happy employees are certainly more productive.

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Happy employees are more productive

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What makes (and keeps) employees happy?

It’s not well-stocked break rooms, inspirational morning briefs, or engaging team-building games. We’re not saying these things have zero impact on a person’s motivation—just that they make sense only when you’ve already covered the basics.

The basics? The right support to do their job

And it’s more than just a good desk and a working internet connection. It’s about giving them prompt support when things don’t work the way they are supposed to. 

The internal helpdesk keeps brewing happiness

Things break. The internet goes down. Laptop chargers go bad. And it comes in the way of work—people get frustrated. An internet outage or a browser that keeps crashing can make the calmest of employees (aka your end-users in this case) lose their minds. 

When things break, there’s always a bigger impact (much beyond displeasing employees):

Email attachments getting blocked? You might have lost out on a major deal.
CRM down? Prepare your IT team to deal with a horde of angry customers.
QA server acting up? You might miss your release deadline.

Your customer support teams, developers, marketing folks, sales wizards—everyone needs smoothly functioning systems in place. 

And this is where a powerful internal helpdesk is going to make a difference. 

When you solve employees’ problems quickly, you’re making their lives easier.

And how do you keep doing that every day? You need a helpdesk solution that manages your internal operations smoothly— that helps you assign emails to your team quickly— that helps your team work together to solve employees’ problems. 

No matter what you do, whether you’re an engineering company or an online retailer, or even a fledgling social network, a responsive internal helpdesk can aid not just efficiency, but morale (or in customer service terms – customer satisfaction) as well. 

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But managing helpdesks can get tricky

Running a helpdesk efficiently is not simple or straightforward.  

Internal helpdesks are (sometimes) slow to respond—not because your team doesn’t care enough. You’d want to assign work to the right person on your team. You’d like your team to work together on emails efficiently. It is not easy. 

Handling employees’ emails usually involves forwarding them to your teammates. And then they exchange emails among themselves to discuss the problem. Email threads become long and confusing. The resolution gets delayed.

Sometimes, emails get overlooked (the “someone else will deal with it” syndrome) till an angry reminder is sent. Or worse, it never reaches the person who should be looking at it, all because a junior saw the email and decided to resolve the issue on their own. 

You’ll end up with an angry user, as well as a team that’s wasted a lot of time and effort. 

To manage a helpdesk efficiently, you’ll have to keep both sides in mind:

  • What do employees expect from the internal service team?
  • What does your internal IT team need to work faster and better?

Once we have answers to these questions, it gets pretty easy to choose a helpdesk solution.

What do employees want from internal support?

Employees rely on your IT department way more than you think. They wait for you to solve their problems so that they can get back to work. 

Here’s what functionality most people expect from internal helpdesks:

1. Easy to reach

No logging into websites with a confusing layout and buggy text input fields to log support tickets. Just an email. It’s on their phone. It’s on their laptop. Send an email with your support request—forget about it—go grab a coffee. 

2. Zero fuss

Nobody likes to be dragged into conversations they don’t need. Employees do not want to be Cc’d on emails your support staff exchange to discuss the issue. Let your team deal with the problem—and let the employee get back to work. 

3. Time-bound resolution

Your employees will love it when their problems are solved within a reasonable time frame. You’d need a system that helps you frame SLAs (Service Level Agreements) and keeps your IT support team on top of emails, and helps them resolve issues quickly. 

4. Status updates

Your employees will appreciate being kept in the loop about the status of their issue. Sending timely alerts in case of escalations would set the right expectations for them. 

What does your team need to work faster and better?

You’d want your IT service team to have clarity about what they have to work on, and the ability to take help from others on the team without much hassle. 

1. Automation to reduce manual involvement

It would be great to have a helpdesk ticketing system that can automate email assignments for your team based on pre-set rules. You’ll be able to create routing workflows that evenly distribute emails to your team, and you will never run the risk of missing an email. 

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Hiver’s automations help in easing manual work for teams

2. Confusion-free internal discussions

Some tricky issues may need your teammates to work together. Why subject everyone to a long email thread by keeping them in Cc? Take internal discussions away from email and you’ll avoid confusion. 

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Hiver’s Email Notes allows you to have contextual discussions while responding to a query

3. Analytics and insights

You’d love a tool that lets you assess your team’s performance metrics in real-time. Analytics and insights can be a boon to ensure your team is solving problems efficiently and within the resolution time. At the same time, you’ll be able to pinpoint areas of improvement for individual team members. 

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Assess your team’s performance and get insights with Hiver’s Analytics feature

4. Low-maintenance

Your internal helpdesk software should be the last thing your IT team needs to worry about. Something that’s easy to deploy, dovetails perfectly with your existing email system, and works invisibly in the background—will make your life simple. 

Try Hiver

Hiver has got everything you need for the smooth functioning of your internal operations. It’s proven to be a fantastic tool for helpdesks, service desks, and ticketing systems, as many customers have found.

If you want to see how Hiver can work for your team, you can always schedule a demo with us. Alternatively, you can try Hiver now, free for 14 days.

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Harsh is the content lead at Hiver. He's jocular, loves dogs, and is always up for a road trip. He also reads - when Netflix gets boring.

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