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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

SLAs are the foundation of your MSP business. They are essential to building strong client relationships and must be clear, reasonable and well-constructed.

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Confessions of a Formerly Burned-Out Technician

Posted by Tonya Barnett on February 15, 2018

Confessions of a Formerly Burned Out Technician

I started my IT career as a technician, originally working in a high volume call center-type help desk, and then later moving to a desktop support/system admin position for a local IT company closer to home. Within a few years, I found myself at a dead end with no vertical movement within the company. I was not learning anymore, as each person had a niche and refused to train anyone else on that product, which left me and my fellow technicians feeling rather bored with large gaps in our trainings. I enjoyed my job, but my growth was stagnant, and I wasn't being challenged with any new issues. Can any of you relate?

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Help Desk, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on January 18, 2018

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

This is the final post of our three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring and onboarding, retaining top talent, and reducing employee turnover. In the first two posts, we gave you best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process and the importance of developing and maintaining an employee retention program. In our final post we’ll talk employee turnover, how to proactively diminish it, and, when necessary, embrace it.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 2: Employee Retention

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on January 5, 2018

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge-Employee Retention

This is the second of a three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring and onboarding, retaining top talent, and reducing employee turnover, providing you with actionable ways to overcome them. In the first post, we gave you best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process. In this post, we’ll cover the importance of developing an employee retention program, how to set one up at your organization, program ideas and more.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 1: Hiring and Onboarding

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on December 19, 2017

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 1: Hiring and Onboarding

We’ve all heard of the customer lifecycle, but why isn’t anyone talking about the employee lifecycle? As an IT service provider, your employees are the backbone of your business—fueling your business relationships and service delivery. Therefore, it’s more than ever important that you learn how to hire the best IT talent and keep them on board. So, where can you start?

This is the first of a three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring, onboarding, retaining, reducing employee turnover, and actionable ways to overcome them. I know this process can seem a bit overwhelming, but in this post, I’ll walk you through industry research and best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process to ensure you are setting new employees and your organization up for success.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

When Talent Meets Tools: How to Enable Your Technical Team for Success

Posted by Ian Waters on December 7, 2017

When Talent Meets Tools: How to Enable Your Technical Team for Success

In order to deliver world-class IT services to your clients, your technical team needs to be set up for success. Having a great team dedicated to delivering high-quality support is essential, but not having the right tools in place to manage service requests and quickly resolve issues is going to hold your team back.

Over the years, I’ve worked with and spoken to many managed service providers (MSPs), and I’ve found that the ones who are thriving are all using well established tools to do things smarter, quicker and achieve a higher standard than those who don’t. Would you like to be among these successful MSPs? Keep reading to discover which tools you can leverage to make your tech team more efficient and your business more profitable.

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Topics: Remote Monitoring and Management, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

How to Hire and Retain the Right IT Experts

Posted by Scott Wittstock on December 5, 2017

How to Hire and Retain the Right IT Experts

As an IT service provider, one of the biggest challenges we face is hiring and retaining the right IT experts. Empowering our customers with technology is at the core of our business, which means that we must employ a pool of talented people who are knowledgeable on the diverse range of technologies that our customers use. These experts need to be well versed in any network, computer, server, mobile device, cloud and much more.

I’ve barely scratched the surface with these items, but it serves as a reminder just how much we expect out of our IT people. Keep reading to discover my tips on what you should look for when hiring for your MSP business and how you can grow and retain the best IT talent.
 

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Hiring and Recruiting, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

The Untold Benefits of Increased Visibility

Posted by Tara Callinan on August 22, 2017

The Untold Benefits of Increased Visibility

After you close a new client contract, what should be your next step? Successful managed services providers (MSPs) will start with planning, meaning they’ll look to their team to determine the right people to take on the job. If you’re like most MSPs, however, there might be one thing holding you back: you don’t have any insight into who on your team is available to take on more work!

As an MSP business owner, you’re focused on serving your clients and overseeing projects in the most efficient way possible. Therefore, you need to have a clear view of your team schedules to ensure everyone is being utilized to their fullest potential. With this kind of visibility, you can assign tasks accordingly, avoid overworking someone who already has their plate full, and most importantly, ensure your projects stay within scope. So, to give you the visibility you need to run a more successful MSP business, here are three ways you can leverage smart automation technology to improve collaboration and efficiency.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

Managing and Retaining Technicians: 6 Steps for Creating Value

Posted by Ian Waters on August 16, 2017

Managing and Retaining Technicians: 6 Steps for Creating Value

As a managed IT services providers (MSP), you understand that great technicians are hard to come by, and sometimes even harder to keep hold of. As business owners and managers, we invest so much time and money into staff recruitment and training that it can hurt when vital employees leave. All that investment literally walks out of the building, and if not addressed properly, that turnover can be a repeating drain on your business.

So, what are some tips for properly managing a team of technicians? If you are having trouble retaining your IT staff, it may be time to start engaging with your employees and implement a training and development plan.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Making Your Way to $10M: Rethinking Company Culture

Posted by Peter Melby on June 13, 2017

Making Your Way to $10M: Rethinking Company Culture

Company culture is a complicated topic for many managed services providers (MSPs). If you’re struggling to build or define your own culture, it’s important to note that it can actually affect more than just your day-to-day. Personally, I want to look forward to coming into work every day, and I want our employees to feel the same way. Today, my company considers culture our greatest competitive advantage, but we got off to a rocky start. 

In the first post of this series, I talked about five important lessons all MSPs should know before beginning the journey to $10 million. In the second post, I discussed how you can optimize your current team for success. Now, it’s time to think about your company culture and how it can play a role in your business’ long-term growth and success.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

5 Non-Monetary Compensation Strategies Your MSP Should Be Using

Posted by Dave Boulos on May 25, 2017

5 Non-Monetary Compensation Strategies Your MSP Should Be Using

Money is many things, but it isn’t everything. It can be tough out there for managed IT services providers who want retain top talent, but don’t always have the means to pay them. Luckily, there are several non-monetary ways that you can offer your employees compensation that actually help to enrich your staff’s daily work environment. Incorporate these non-monetary compensation strategies, and you could see a more positive company culture, more engaged employees, and a more loyal, productive workforce.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

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