HERE’S A THOUGHT: EMPOWER YOUR EMPLOYEES
Over time, organizations have wondered why long-time customers would take their business to the competition. I am certain questions have been asked such as: “What does the competition have that we don’t have?” “Our prices are competitive, why did our customer leave?” “Our business is in a nice part of town and has a user friendly website. To whom is our customer giving their business?”
I am going out on a limb here, but I would venture to say that if employees were empowered to make decisions on significant customer requests without conferring with management, it could reduce the rate of customer complaints and attrition. Of course, proper training is essential before employees can receive this level of authority. Employees must be coached into leadership on a daily basis. If so, they will know that management trusts them, values their input and include them as an integral part of the company.
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How to Recover From a Bad Customer Service Experience
Hitting the proverbial “brick wall” after a negative customer complaint is one of the worst feelings a business can experience. A negative experience can potentially ruin a long-lasting relationship if it is not quickly and properly resolved. Naturally, every organization would like to brag about never having a customer a complaint, especially if it has risen to uncomfortable levels of negativity; but let’s face it, complaints happen. Tiffany Monhollon of Reach Local provided a blog which offers 7 tips to recover and to learn from the experience. Here they are:
1) Address the Complaint Quickly
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SINCERE APOLOGIES GET YOU FAR IN LIFE AND IN BUSINESS
Recently, a few friends and I dined at a popular restaurant in town. Everyone placed their entree orders and I specifically requested that nuts not be included in my entree. I was told that my request could easily be accommodated.
When our food arrived, not only did my entree include nuts, it seemed as though an extra portion was sprinkled onto it.
I asked the server to come to our table and explained that I requested an entree sans nuts. The server offered an insincere, “Oh. Sorry.” Since she did not offer a menu, I said asked to see a menu because I desired to order an entree that did not include nuts as part of the meal. The server returned and tossed the menu onto the table instead of handing it to me. My table guests watched in absolute amazement and could not believe the attitude of the server.
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“The control center of your life is your attitude.” — Author Unknown
In my job, I observe behaviors on a regular basis and use positive and negative real life customer service stories to train sales representatives, receptionists, customer service call center representatives, help desk analysts, and various levels of executive management how to change negative attitudes into positive which not only benefits the customer and the employee, but will have a direct effect on the reputation of their organization.
Among other things, I have found that body language sends non-verbal messages to those around you and has a direct relationship upon your attitude.
Whether we admit it or not, many people are judged by others in the initial moments of contact which establishes a lasting impression and impact on how successful or unsuccessful we are in business or in our personal lives. Our attitude speaks volumes about who we are before we actually vocalize anything! Read more →