After last week’s post
to the HR community about how the delivery of services to customers from IT and
HR in many ways are similar, I was reminded of their similarities directly. In
an attempt to file some benefit information I was not able to access a document
on the HR system. I called the number for the HR Service Center and after being
transferred through a few “technicians” it was determined that this was an IT
issue. The HR analyst I was dealing with told me they would transfer me over to
the IT support line where I could be helped. While waiting for what seemed to
be forever the connection was completed and I spoke to the IT support technician?
The unfortunate part was that I had to start all over again since there was no
detailed record of the question/answer session that was completed. After I got
my issue sorted out I asked the IT support technician why the HR information wasn’t
transferred with the call. She proceeded to tell me that it’s not just that
they don’t use the same ‘ticketing’ system as IT but it’s that they really don’t
track work in that way at all from her understanding. I thanked her for the
assistance and hung up the phone.
Interesting, I thought to myself, that this was what the
Service Desk may have been like in its infancy. While I felt as though the HR
team handled the call, transfer and general information in an adequate way I
wondered if there really was no record of this transaction.
The questions then came to me in a flood as I sat there. But
the one that held the most weight in my mind was how would are they able to
improve on their service delivery if they don’t have some insight into what
they are doing or have done currently?
I went up a few floors to see my friend in HR and asked
this very question. He mentioned that they have been doing things this way here
for a while and it works pretty well.
“How can you know that?” I asked
“Well, no one complains, people seem pretty content with
the service” he shrugged
“IT doesn’t get any complaints, but we still look to
validate our performance” I added
“That’s because not everyone bothers to tell IT when
something sucks after a while” he blurted. It was then that his laughter turned
into a realization that he may be talking about HR in the same light.
Seeing that a light bulb had appeared on his face I went
on to ask him about how they manage the flow of getting the same calls over and
over again. While IT still faces many challenges with this even now, we work
hard to reduce those repeat calls to streamline service response. He indicated
that they work really hard with the communications group to post reference
information and send emails about new benefits or HR functionalities to
minimize “question call” as he put it. He even went on to admit that they may
almost have too much information for the callers to sift through so they may
even end up just calling or emailing the HR service Center rather than looking
I explained that IT certainly doesn’t have all the answers
in managing the way the Service Center managed call flows but we have found
ways to identify the constraints on the flow in a way which we could quantify a
solution and show value on implementing it. We decided to get together and look
closer at where we may be able to make things easier for the folks in the HR
I love feedback and questions, leverage my service
management experiences. Let me know about how your HR Department manages these
escalations and what has worked and what has not.
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