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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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Great Resignation magnifies customer service challenges

Everything that goes into good customer service is being tested by the Great Resignation. Adequate staffing, training, and employee engagement and longevity are among the most stressed areas. It’s hard—if not impossible—to provide top-notch customer service when there aren’t enough well-trained, seasoned, and motivated company employees in place to do the job. Adequate staffing is […]

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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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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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Will supply chain crisis hurt or help overall product quality?

It’s “survival of the fittest” vs. “fill shelves with anything available.” On one hand, the most fit product manufacturers, in some cases at least, will be the ones best able to keep supplies on hand during the supply chain crisis. They think ahead. They figure out solutions. They overcome obstacles. On the other hand, empty […]

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What happens when all those great products are out of stock?

Supply chain disruptions increasingly are leading to bare shelves. In turn, many of those great products are out of stock—leading to disgruntled, frustrated customers. Many of those customers are now crying “bad customer service” as a result, and blaming those closest to the issue—retail front line workers. Business Insider freelance writer Elle Hardy interviewed one […]

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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, […]

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Communications channels need to back up customer service reps

I got a reminder last week about the importance of “training” communications channels right along with reps to accurately inform and educate. The matter seemed to be simple: I wanted to donate an old flat-screen TV. After a couple hours calling around, based on website-based policies for such items, I learned that many communications either […]