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20 September 2021 | 5 min read
For most technicians and field workers, the writing of service reports is a tiresome and time-consuming task. But in most companies, these reports have become essential. Highly appreciated by customers, these reports also allow a reinforced follow-up of field operations and an accelerated invoicing process.
To help you create effective service reports, we’ve identified what to include and the best practices.
First of all, the manager in charge of the field services must establish a list of useful data for the follow-up of the operation. To save you time, we have summarized the most common information in our customers’ service reports. There is obviously nothing to prevent you from reviewing this list with your customers and other departments of the company. In fact, it is highly recommended!
The first objective of a service sheet is to quickly answer the essential questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? Every report must therefore include at least the following data:
By providing such required fields, you limit the risk of oversight and encourage the creation of accurate and really usable service reports.
The operations manager can also include optional custom fields in the service form template:
This additional data can take the form of lists, checkboxes or text fields to be completed. These data are specific to a trade or an industry and prove the effectiveness of your teams and that your work is carried out in accordance with standard practice.
In fact, there is no rule or standard that requires a specific template for a service form to be considered correct. The choice is up to you. You can give field service reports on paper, edit them in Word, Excel, use a CRM or use a mobile application. But in practice, the digitization of service reports has many advantages.
By asking your field workers to fill in their reports via a mobile application, you save a significant amount of time on the management of service sheets. This way, there is no need to understand sometimes unreadable entries or to look for misplaced documents! A delivery management software like AntsRoute allows you to generate your service reports in a few clicks. When generating the document in PDF format, the information collected by the technicians is automatically integrated, without any input from you.
Most delivery management software also offers the possibility of completing your report with a photo as an attachment. To prove the absence of a customer during the technician’s visit or the good condition of the merchandise, nothing is more effective than photos! Taken on the site by the agent directly in the mobile application, these are then very useful to prevent litigation and discourage claims.
With the digitization of service reports, you also benefit from the advantages of the electronic signature. Thanks to the digital signature, which is very practical in remote locations, you can prove that an operation has been carried out properly even before the agent is back. Now, there’s no need to dig through piles of documents to find the missing proof of completion, before scanning it and sending it to the customer. Archiving, retaining and sorting digital service reports is indeed much easier.
Thanks to the automated editing of the service reports, you can send them to your customers without wasting time or making mistakes. However, customers are not the only ones interested in the data contained in the service sheets. Many other departments of the company are concerned!
Now, with just a few clicks, the information entered by the agent is converted into a PDF document that can be sent to the customer immediately. This near real-time communication increases customer confidence and secures the transmission of service reports, eliminating any risk of lost or stolen documents.
The electronic reports are also very useful to facilitate the work of the after-sales service, in case of multiple visits to a customer in particular. All the information relating to the operations are grouped together in the same software, to quickly retrace the history of a customer, a dispatcher or a maintenance agent. In a few clicks, the after-sales service can visualize :
The AntsRoute software offers concrete tools to unlock the information gathered by the agents in the field and encourage its use by other departments of the company.
A system such as Zapier, which connects more than 2,000 applications, makes it possible, for example, to directly connect AntsRoute and the accounting software Quickbooks.
The users can set up an automated communication of customer information between the two software. They can also set up the software so that each time a new invoice is issued, the related task is added in real time to the basket in AntsRoute.
In the same way, customers using Odoo software can make their activity management setting direct communication between Odoo and AntsRoute. For example, each time a purchase order is edited in Odoo, a new task is automatically created in AntsRoute. By implementing this type of solution, you avoid your teams to increase the number of data entries, for an optimal productivity and efficiency!
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