Ability to Snooze tickets
I would really love it if there were the built-in capability to "Snooze" a ticket. By that, I essentially mean the ability to update a ticket to "On-hold" status and have it automatically bump back to "Open" status after N time. Something very much akin to the "Remind me about this" feature in Slack (i.e., you'd have the option to Snooze for something like 1 hour, 3 hours, Tomorrow (i.e., it'd pop back in the next day at the beginning of the business day), Next Week (i.e., it'd pop back in on Monday at the beginning of the business day), or Custom (i.e., you could pick Friday 3 weeks from now at 9am).
Having this capability would be great. An example use case is a ticket where we're waiting on engineering to fix a bug. I want to put the ticket in "On-hold" status, but sometimes those get lost in the mix. I'd prefer being able to set them as "On-hold" and have them automatically get marked as open after a week or something. Sure, it would be possible to do something similar using tags macros, and automations, but I'd much rather just have a way to do this via the Submit dropdown or a keyboard shortcut.
Hey Joel Watson
You can easily achieve this in Zendesk by creating an automation that will automatically reopen the ticket for you after X after of time.
What I would do to make this workflow easier and more dynamic which requires fewer changes over time would be to do the following:
1. Create a custom on-hold status which is "On-hold - waiting for dev fix"
- See here on how to create custom status' in Zendesk: https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/4412575861018-Creating-custom-ticket-statuses
2. Create an automation that looks for tickets that have been in this status for X amount of days and then re-open.
This workflow would easily allow you to do it via the Submit button like you're looking for. :)
Hope this helps.
I guess you missed this part of my post:
Sure, it would be possible to do something similar using tags macros, and automations, but I'd much rather just have a way to do this via the Submit dropdown or a keyboard shortcut.
I actually proceeded on trying to implement something along those lines after posting this as an interim solution (having it built into Zendesk as a first-class feature would be much better). However, I ran into a variety of difficulties.
As you showed, there are "hours since ticket status on-hold" automation options. That works great for the first couple variations (1 hour, 3 hours). However, the "tomorrow" option doesn't work so well. I don't want it to wait 24 hours and pop back up or even 8 business hours. I want it to pop back up at the beginning of the next business day (e.g., 9am) regardless of when it was "snoozed" (e.g., you might snooze it at 2pm – it should still "wake up" at 9am the next day). This issue is present with the "next week" variation (we want it to wake up at 9am the following Monday) and the "next month" variation.
One thing I had considered was using Tasks for this since you can set due dates and automations have an "hours until due" option. The problem here is that there's no way to set the due date for tasks in macros. So, if I have a "Snooze > Tomorrow" macro, I can change the ticket to a Task, set a tag on it (e.g., "snooze-tomorrow") and move its status to "on-hold". However, there's no way to set the due date for the task to 9am the following day.
Going to keep noodling on this to see if there are other work arounds, but ultimately, all these workarounds to get some functionality like this is a royal pain. It should be built into Zendesk.
By the way, this is a feature request, not a "please tell me how" because what I'd like to do isn't possible currently without creating a custom ZD app as far as I can tell. Not sure why this was marked as "Answered".
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+1 to this request! We use automations to accomplish this and they are quite helpful. However, it's become quite cumbersome to manage as we expand our support hours and add new teams or schedules to Zendesk. Would love to see this as a built-in functionality in the future. Thanks for posting this feedback!
Chandra, out of interest, would you be willing to share how you achieve this currently?
Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited Absolutely! We have a custom dropdown ticket field called 'Sleep' which has a few different options (1 day, 1 week, 1 month, etc).
We then have a few different automations that look something like this for each of the possible options:
You could also keep it simple and just always reopen all Pending tickets after X amount of time or On-Hold tickets after Y amount of time instead of creating a custom ticket field, but we wanted the ability to customize it since some tickets we'd like to take action on more quickly than others.
The timing can be variable ticket by ticket, and having to adjust the custom field / trigger / automation each time is too much friction to be useful.
Ideally this could be implemented in the way that gmail has a snooze function for emails with a calendar selector. It would be an incredible jump in UX if Zendesk were to implement.
Thanks for considering!
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