Historically, different services and different types of support (self-service, assisted) were separate instances. With so many different places to go for information within Cisco, finding it was often a challenge.
Entry submitted by: Eddy Zielinski (Project Manager)
Community: Help Zone Community (an internal community)
Lithy category: Digital Design Excellence
There’s never been a better time to simplify support at Cisco!
Cisco Systems Inc. is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. It is a multi-national corporation, with over 70,000 employees in more than 115 countries. Cisco's networking solutions connect people, computing devices and computer networks, allowing people to access or transfer information without regard to differences in time, place or type of computer system. Our mission is to shape the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors, and ecosystem partners.
The mission of Employee Services is to lift both employee productivity and experience to differentiate Cisco as an employer of choice, and one of the top places to work. We accomplish this through strong partnerships with HR, IT, and Finance and by focusing on our stakeholders while digitizing our operations.
Help Zone is Cisco’s internal support platform. We deliver the foundational services that are critical to a straightforward and connected experience for the global employee-- financial services such as stock, payroll, facilities, and other employee services such as HR, benefits & technical support. Employee Services introduced Help Zone in December 2016.
Historically, different services and different types of support (self-service, assisted) were separate instances. With so many different places to go for information within Cisco, finding it was often a challenge. Employees needed a lot of time to navigate the intranet and find reliable information – often ending up on a page that is no longer maintained or even removed. In addition, you could not get to support information if you were not on the Cisco network. Help Zone is an extranet accessible 24x7 from any device, on or off VPN – it just requires SSO (single sign-on) to access.
The overall goal is to deliver an exceptional employee experience on a single platform by providing answers and support to employees without their having to open a support case. Help Zone is a single point of access for HR, Technical and Facilities support solutions through a variety of channels, including self-service articles, community interaction, and expert-assisted chat support. Once a thread is answered and closed, it becomes curated article content. Help Zone has a very robust knowledge base with over 5k articles. Our article content is governed and well maintained, with an annual review process in place to ensure the most current support information available to the employee.
Various cross-functional teams were involved in the design and implementation process. To achieve our design goals, a team of user experience architects contributed to the interface by following the principles of Human-Centered Design (HCD). A series of user studies were conducted to uncover user needs, and provided a design that was organized with easy to follow workflows. All elements are functional on different types of devices (responsive) to accommodate the preferences of our mobile workforce. The core Help Zone team leads continuous improvement efforts such as user studies, and insights gained from web analytics to discover and answer our changing user needs.
Unique Design Elements
Apart from the visible elements, back-end integrations with numerous tools have been implemented (four different case management systems) to allow for a seamless transition between self-service and assisted support. The single streamlined form to submit a case regardless of back-end case management system simplifies the process for the employee, saving time and frustration.
Since go-live, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of users. We received lots of positive (and often unsolicited) feedback. (Our previous platform had an adoption rate of 20% - Help Zone has more than doubled our user base).
Cumulative Visitors to HZ Home page
TKB Visitors (users who viewed a solution)
“I just wanted to share that I have just used the new Employee Services Help Zone for the first time. It was easy, fast, clear and modern – a great user experience from my perspective.”
“LOVE the Help Zone - Sooo much easier to navigate – BRAVO!!”
“Thanks for launching this user centric integrated portal. Looks fantastic!”
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