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Manually assigning a ticket to yourself, another agent, or a group

Anton de Young
posted this on April 06, 2012 13:56

Depending upon how your Zendesk manages incoming support requests, tickets may be automatically assigned to you, to other agents, and to groups. If you manually evaluate and assign tickets, then assigning yourself, another agent, or a group to a ticket is as simple as selecting the ticket assignee.

To manually assign a ticket to a group or another agent

  1. Open a ticket from one your views.
  2. You can assign the ticket to a group or to an agent and a group. When you click the Assignee field, all of your groups are listed.

     

  3. You can either scroll the list and select the group and then the agent or you can just enter the group or agent's name to filter the list. For example, to find an agent named Steven, enter that name and you'll see the following:
    Zendesk Classic: Select a group from the Group field drop-down list. Choose the appropriate group and the list of agents included in that group will be available in the Assignee field.
  4. Select a group or another agent as the Assignee.
  5. Click Submit to update the ticket.
To manually assign a ticket to yourself
  1. Open a ticket from one your views.
  2. Click Take it above the Assignee field.
    Note: This option is only available in the current version of Zendesk, not Zendesk Classic.
  3. Click Submit to update the ticket.

You can change a ticket assignee at any time.

You can also bulk assign tickets using a view. For example, you can open a view, pick and choose the tickets you want to assign to a single group or agent, and then assign all the tickets in a single step. See Bulk updating, deleting, and merging tickets.

 

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Nicole Baumgart
beatportops

Hi Anton,

In this article you said, "You can assign the ticket to group and not also select an agent," but when we go into Manage > Ticket Fields > Assignee we are unable to uncheck the "Required" box - it is grayed out. Ideally we want to be able to mark a ticket as "Solved" and assignee it to an agent OR the group as a whole. Is this possible? 

Thanks,

Nicole 

help.beatport.com

June 12, 2012 11:10
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Anton de Young
Zendesk

Nicole,

As long as you select a group, you don't have to also select an agent (Assignee). I know only the Assignee field is marked as required. Give it a try and let me know if it doesn't work for you. 

June 12, 2012 11:33
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Nicole Baumgart
beatportops

Hey Anton,

So this works if we mark the ticket as "Pending" but when we mark the ticket as "Solved" an assignee is required. Any other thoughts? 

 

Thanks for the quick response! 

 

Nicole

June 12, 2012 15:43
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Anton de Young
Zendesk

Nicole, 

Sorry, you're right. You did say you wanted to set the ticket to Solved. Solved tickets do require an agent assignee. This is the way Zendesk works. You can assign tickets to a group without an agent but ultimately an agent is responsible for the ticket. This also makes it possible for agents to be rated on tickets they solve. So, sorry, it's not possible to solve a ticket without also assigning an agent. 

June 12, 2012 16:07
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Nida Unus

Hi

I would like to assign a ticket to all the members in the group. I do not want to choose a single agent. How do I make it?

August 07, 2012 04:18
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Justin Seymour
Zendesk

Hey Nida: 

You can leave the ticket unassigned in a group, but you can't really assign the ticket to a group. The assignee field is meant for giving the ticket to a specific agent. 

January 23, 2013 05:18
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Dan Wilson

Hi,

Are you able to assign a ticket to an agent who is a member of a group which you yourself are not a member of?

August 14, 2013 00:46
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Dr. J
Zendesk

@Dan You bet, no problem! :)

August 15, 2013 15:52
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Dan Wilson

@Dr. J But once hte ticket has left your group then you can no longer see it right?

August 20, 2013 01:45
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Laura D.
Zendesk

Hi Dan, 

That's going to depend on the settings for your Zendesk. With the default settings where all agents are able to see all tickets, you could search for it and reassign it to yourself. If the regular agent role has been customized or restricted to only seeing certain tickets by Admins then it's possible you wouldn't have access to tickets outside your group(s). 

August 20, 2013 15:55
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Dan Wilson

@Laura D. @Dr. J 

Here is my scenario:

My groups are set up as levels of hierarchy (the higher the group number, the more senior the members). I want my agents down at level 1 (Group 1) to be able to assign tickets up the chain to Level 3 (Group 3) but I don't want them to be able to see that ticket after it has been escalated. Currently, unless I add that Level 1 agent to the Level 3 group, they cannot see the Level 3 members and therefore cannot re-assign tickets to Level 3.

 

Does that make sense??

August 27, 2013 02:14
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Casem AbuLughod
Zendesk

Hi Dan,

With a Plus level subscription, you can't make granular level changes to role settings in the same way that you would be able to with an Enterprise account. As such, when you restrict an agent to a particular group or groups, they will only have access to those users and tickets. There are a couple of ways that I can see that you could work around this in your current setup:

1. A dedicated individual who would be in all groups or in as an admin who would be able to route tickets accordingly. This is the simplest fix, but probably the most time consuming long term.

2. Have your agents CC those agents who are not in their groups and then post an internal note asking those higher up agents to take the ticket and then have your higher up agents assign the tickets to themselves once they have been notified.

3. Setup triggers that would assign tickets to specific agents or groups and have those triggers fire off of tags that could be added by your lower level agents to the ticket.

Hope this helps!

September 05, 2013 07:32
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Dan Wilson

Hi Casem,

I understand your comments but this makes little sense to me. It is too restrictive.What is the point in having Groups at all if we can't use them effectively?

You are correct in saying option one is most time consuming and is therefore not an option at all because part of the motivation for investing in Zendesk was to save time, Option two involves all agents CC'ing all Agents and then everybody's inbox fills up with notifications and then higher Agents would have to sift through a lot of information looking for tickets to deal with with seems counter-productive to me. Option three is far too complex for anybody within my team to even understand.

Simple fact is, if I am an Agent in group A then I should be able to see and assign a ticket to an Agent in Group B even if I cannot see the ticket after I have assigned it. With a Plus level subscription I SHOULD be able to make granular level changes to Agent role settings.

Regards, 

Dan Wilson

October 03, 2013 01:34
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Matt Razi
pacificconvenience26fuels

I Second Dan's comment. This defeats the purpose of having ticket visibility segregation by group if they cannot reassign to other groups or users in other groups.

November 01, 2013 11:58
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Emily
Zendesk

Hi Dan and Matt,

Customer feedback like yours is most effective in our Product Feedback forum. Our Product Team reviews that forum regularly to see which Feature Requests are gaining the most traction, and it's especially influential when we make decisions about the direction of our product. I would encourage you to create a feature request there. 

November 04, 2013 13:12
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Matt Razi
pacificconvenience26fuels
November 04, 2013 20:09