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If you want to better manage your customers' expectations, a service level agreement (SLA) may be worth considering. An SLA is a negotiated agreement designed to create a common understanding about services, priorities and responsibilities.

Although an SLA is an excellent expectations-managing mechanism, it's important to manage your own expectations of what it can realistically accomplish. Unfortunately, some people view an SLA as a complaint-stifling mechanism or a quick fix to a troubled relationship; however, using it for such purposes creates more problems than it solves. Instead, think of an SLA as:

1. A communications tool. The value of an agreement is not just in the final product; the very process of establishing an SLA helps to open up communications.

2. A conflict-prevention tool. An agreement helps to avoid or alleviate disputes by providing a shared understanding of needs and priorities. And if conflicts do occur, they tend to be resolved more readily and with less gnashing of teeth.

3. A living document. This is one of its most important benefits. The agreement isn't a dead-end document consigned to the Forget Forever file. On a predetermined frequency, the parties to the SLA review the agreement to assess service adequacy and negotiate adjustments.

4. An objective basis for gauging service effectiveness. An SLA ensures that both parties use the same criteria to evaluate service quality.

This article is primarily aimed at customers and provides some best practices and simple tips for drafting effective SLAs.

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Source: Best Practices in Service Management Word: Service Level Agreement (SLA) - Expanded Definition Word (DOCX) Document, Charles M. Intrieri Consulting


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