How do I create a First Reply Time SLA for agent created tickets?

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  • John Kim
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    Tickets that were reopened (from pending/solved) by light agents does not set the SLA since it was updated with an internal note. This is an issue since most tickets are missing SLAs when more than half of customers are full-service where light agents open tickets on behalf. Will this be addressed? Ideally a setting in option that allow us to treat light-agent tickets similar to end-user when it comes to SLA...

  • Leandro Vasconcelos Sava
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    Hi John,


    I had a look around and unfortunately there is no option to have the SLA to apply on the ticket, once it is re-opened by a light-agent.

    As far I am aware there is nothing on the road map to have an option to make the light-agent comment to be public.

    However, I would highly encourage you to post this request on our Product Feedback forum, since that forum is the primary channel used by our Product Management team and other Zendesk users to discuss possible new features and suggest workarounds. I also recommend subscribing to the article so you'll be updated of any further comments. We truly value customer feedback and your voice and votes in the forums help influence future Zendesk functionality.



  • Steve Penza
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    The explanation for prohibiting the "first reply" SLA when an agent creates a ticket relies on the assumption that those tickets are created on behalf of customers. If you're using ZenDesk across multiple teams for multiple purposes it's possible that agents in one group could be considered internal "customers" when submitting tickets to another group.

    I'm relying on the suggested "periodic update" hack to enable sorting by "Next SLA Breach." Ideally, there should be an option to define the agent group(s) excluded from the "first reply" SLA instead of assuming all agents should be excluded.

  • Gadi Vered
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    Steve - I am also facing the same predicament. What is the "periodic update" hack?

  • Randy Nieukirk
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    We are an Enterprise customer of Zendesk and have the same problem Steve and Gadi have.

    We have multiple groups/departments (as any Enterprise does) and cannot apply first touch SLA to those tickets created by an Agent.

    You would think, you could add a tag to the tickets, via a Trigger and then specify that tag to be included in the First Touch SLA also.


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