In a recent post, Level 0.5: Automation and Support, I discussed the continuing movement to Shift-Left, that is, move repetitive work to self-service, and bring more complex, value-added work to Level 1. If you are embarking on this journey, you should understand what is going to happen to your metrics—at least if you are collecting and reporting some of the more standard metrics.
You should understand what is going to happen to your metrics.
By simultaneously reducing the number of repeated “one-and-done” contacts and increasing the complexity of the work done at Level 1, you are really changing the dynamic of the support center. Let’s look at some metrics individually and think about the consequences of Shift-Left.
Make no mistake: Shift-Left is a worthwhile undertaking. As with any change in your support center, however, make sure that your management understands that your metrics will change, and not always in a direction that “looks good.” Think through the effects of moving complex work to Level 1, and then communicate those effects to management before submitting metrics reports that show substantial change.
Roy Atkinson is HDI's senior writer/analyst, acting as in-house subject matter expert and chief writer for SupportWorld articles and white papers. In addition to being a member of the HDI International Certification Standards Committee and the HDI Desktop Support Advisory Board, Roy is a popular speaker at HDI conferences and is well known to HDI local chapter audiences. His background is in both service desk and desktop support as well as small-business consulting. Roy is highly rated on social media, especially on the topics of IT service management and customer service. He is a cohost of the very popular #custserv (customer service) chat on Twitter, which celebrated its fifth anniversary on December 9, 2014. He holds a master’s certificate in advanced management strategy from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, and he is a certified HDI Support Center Manager. Follow him on Twitter @HDI_Analyst and @RoyAtkinson.