HELP DESK. Two words that can instill fear in anyone. Take a look at the video below and see if you can relate.

What comes to mind after that video? Do you get a recollection of similar incidents with your own Help Desk? You would rather just sit at your desk and not work than have to call the help desk. Is this due to past negative experiences with the Help Desk or just a fear of being given a solution you could have figured out yourself? Regardless of the reason, calling the help desk is often a dreaded task. Let’s take a look at two ways your local IT department can help you feel more empowered when a call to the Help Desk is required:

1. Human Engineering – Do you find that you and your colleagues constantly hit the wrong button and cause unexpected behavior when using a particular application?  That sounds like a design flaw. Updating that software in a way that prevents those accidental clicks can greatly reduce the number of calls to the local IT department.

2. Improved Training Programs – Not all of us are computer experts. We struggle with the basics at times even when the computer works properly. However, one area that is often overlooked in training is what do to if something goes wrong. Often times more than a reboot of your computer is required to resolve an issue. An improved training program including resolutions for common issues can greatly empower the user and ensure that when they contact the Help Desk, it’s due to a less common or possibly more significant issue on the machine.

3. Improved Procedure Documentation – How many times have you tried to follow instructions for a software program only to come across a window or message not documented in the procedure? It can be very frustrating and often set the mood of a call to the Help Desk. What if procedures were properly documented to include all the steps and prompts the user will experience while completing the procedure? Or better yet, what if your IT department made a video of the procedure that you can watch and pause as your complete the same procedure yourself? Videos are great training tools and eliminate possible ambiguities in a written procedure.

These are only a couple ways to help take away some of the fears you may have when calling your Help Desk. I encourage you to share this article with your local Help Desk and let them know if you need assistance in training or documentation relation to your computer. Conversely, if you have an awesome Help Desk, let them know that you appreciate their assistance whenever you have a computer issue!

Technically Speaking is a weekly series that highlights various aspects of our Version 5 software, introduces you to the upcoming TapRooT® VI release and occasionally includes a little Help Desk humor.

Remember, just because it’s technical, doesn’t mean it has to be complicated!