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Let’s start with Happy New Year wishes and a wish list

OK folks, it’s a clean slate. New Year. New ideas. New opportunities. Or perhaps it’s actually a return to old values, insights and practices that will do the most good. In customer service, bedrock practices based on historical wisdom always seem to work best. So, with the New Year, let’s look at some of those—and […]

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Ending the year with a random ‘ballooning’

Decided to take my own customer service advice to end the year. I purchased a bunch of smiley balloons from Dollar Tree for $1 apiece and performed a random “ballooning.” Figuring that everyone could use a smile right before Christmas (as well as the rest of the year), I handed out balloons in my building […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Santa spreads spirit of customer service

Santa Claus is all about customer satisfaction. So, I was right in my element last week, playing the jolly fellow for a group of young enthusiasts. True to Santa form, everyone wound up smiling and satisfied. When handled appropriately, the Santa experience encompasses fundamentals of great customer service—kindness (empathy), giving of one’s time freely to […]

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Customers and customer service: Perform random acts of kindness this holiday season…and beyond

Kind words. Acknowledgement. A big “thank you for all you do.” These are a few of the many random acts of kindness that both customers and customer service can perform to honor each other this holiday season. Then, pay it forward into the New Year. While this is the time of year when we pause […]

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Customers: Consider circumstances before judging service

Customer service presents is every bit as important this holiday season as customer service presence. Customer service needs to be present and accounted for whenever and wherever possible. But, at this particular time of this particularly challenging and anxious year, it’s time for both customers and customer service reps to give presents—in the form of […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

Remember, employees are customers, too

Disengaged employees are driving the Great Resignation. As employees are customers in their own right, it follows that their dissatisfaction is another form of poor customer service. Engaged employees, on the other hand, offer a customer service twofer. Satisfied employees provide better service to customers. It’s axiomatic. It’s common sense. It’s also a concept that […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Opinion

YMCA of the Rockies: Happy employees=great customer service

Just stayed again at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. Once again, the accommodations were superb. Customer service was even better. Evidently, the Great Resignation either hasn’t hit the facility hard, or the YMCA is handling it well. I had a couple issues requiring a maintenance visit to our cabin—including a non-functioning […]

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Headlines warn that Great Resignation burning out those who stay

How will the “Great Resignation” impact customer service? With so many people quitting present jobs and searching for new opportunities (including changing industries and entrepreneurism), existing company resources are being stressed and strained. Moving forward, this will adversely impact the ability of companies to maintain and/or improve customer service levels and commitments. Customer service is […]

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Emotional intelligence prevails when system glitch surfaces at Amazon

A couple weeks back, I ordered two items on Amazon. When the delivery failed, I requested and immediately received a full refund. I re-ordered the items. Two days later, the “undeliverable” items showed up. I likely could have kept quiet and gotten everything free. Instead, I called and explained the situation. At first, the rep […]

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Tale of two companies: Nova Home Loans displays emotional intelligence in contrast to loan servicer emotional ignorance

A key tenet of successful customer service is the level of emotional intelligence or ignorance that prevails. This pervades all facets of customer service, but one where much improvement is needed is the written word. Especially now, amid major stress, anger, and frustration, corporate America could do itself proud by communicating positively and supportively. Instead, […]