Business schedules and service level

Last update: 29.12.2022

Customers expect a certain level of service from you when they turn to customer support for help. If you don't list business hours and average response times anywhere, each customer will expect something different. For one customer, an acceptable response time is 24 hours; for another, 2 hours seems like an eternity.

Therefore, you need to clearly define both business hours and the timeframe for agents to respond to cases. This way, customers know what to expect, and agents have a minimum level that they know needs to be maintained, or they will get in trouble :)

We also recommend setting the average response speed with a margin. It is better to pleasantly surprise a customer with a quick response than to fail to meet expectations.

The "Business schedules" and "Service Level" subsections allow you to set and monitor performance standards for your helpdesk. Let's take a closer look at each of them.

Business schedules

The subsection "Business schedules" consists of two blocks — "business hours" and "holidays". With their help, you can only consider the time when your agents actually work.

The option "24 hours a day, 7 days a week" is selected by default in the first block. In fact, this is equivalent to the absence of working hours; that is, the speed of your responses should not depend on when the case was created — at 2 pm, at 2 am, or on Sunday.

If customer support is not available around the clock, you should specify the days of the week and hours when agents work. There are two options for this: "Common for all" and "Separate".

The "Common for all" option allows you to set the same working hours for all agents and groups.


If you want to set up working hours separately for each agent or each group, select the "Separate" option.


In the second block, you can add holidays not to consider the time when your support team rests. Moreover, holidays are excluded from accounting anyway when checking compliance with the minimum level of services, even if agents work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

5 holidays (the most common) have been added to each new account, but if you wish, you can edit them, delete or add new ones. For holidays, by analogy with working hours, you can create separate sets — for each agent or group.


Service level

The subsection "Service level" consists of two blocks — "Minimum level of the services provided" and "Actions if there are SLA violations".

In the first block, you can select the “do not calculate” option, or you can set the standard for the performance of your support team. Depending on the priority, agents must answer and close cases within a certain time, which can be counted in both calendar and working hours.


The minimum level of service can be common for all groups and separate for each group.


In the second block, you specify the actions to be taken when the minimum service level is not met. You can set up separate actions for non-compliance with SLA for:

  • first response;

  • subsequent response;

  • closing;

  • first response OR subsequent response AND closing.

As actions, you can choose to notify an agent (or group) and add a label that agents cannot remove from cases.


In this block, it is also possible to specify both actions common for all groups and separate for each group. This structure of settings in this subsection provides maximum flexibility. For example, you want to define a different service level for each group. At the same time, actions can be common for all groups.


Labels and Service level

The administrator and agents have the opportunity to make a selection according to the labels added when the service level is not met. The administrator can do this procedure in the "Labels" subsection (the "Channels" section), and the agent can do this in the list of all cases by selecting the desired label in the filter panel.

Please, note that agents cannot remove labels added in this way. This is done so that the number of cases that exceeded the response and/or closing time is not accidentally (or deliberately) underestimated.

Cases and Service level

In the cases list, agents can visually distinguish cases that do not meet the minimum level of service. To do this, just look at the color of the time in the "Response" column (how much time has passed since the last response):

  1. Green — Service level is being met.

  2. Orange — the response time to the case is not met.

  3. Red — the case closing time is not met.


If the closing time of the case is not met, then compliance with the response time to the case does not matter anymore — the color of the time in the "Response" column will be red.

In order not to miss the time of responding to the customer or closing according to the SLA, you can add the "Reply by" and "Close by" fields in the settings of the columns of the list of cases, as well as on the case page and in the customer's personal account. You can also filter and sort cases by these parameters. More


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