Excellent basic foundation to build on with regards to customer awareness, needs and wants
It is helpful
Good basic information
what are the factors affecting poor customer service
Sheila Module: Introduction to Customer Service Topic: Introduction to Customer Service Answer: As stated by Sam Walmart, you can be the top CEO and have one of the most desireable products on the market, but if the customer does not feel at all valued or that they do not matter when it comes to being served. They will take their business to an establishment were they do feel valued as a customer.
there is only one boss it dont matter who you work for and where its still customer service
The customer is always right and if he is satisfy will always come back!
How I can start ?
That the customer should always walk away satisfied with the service they have received. They should be treated with respect. That the employees should have a knowledge of wears that they are selling. We as a company should also treat each other with respect so that we may treat others with the same respect.
Introduction to Customer Service
“There is only one boss, and whether a person shines shoes for a living or heads up the
biggest corporation in the world, the boss remains the same. It is the customer! The customer
is the person who pays everyone’s salary and who decides whether a business is going to
succeed or fail. In fact, the customer can fire everybody in the company from the chairman
(CEO) on down, and he can do it simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Literally everything we do, every concept perceived, every technology developed and
associate employed, is directed with this one objective clearly in mind – pleasing the
Sam M. Walton, CEO Wal-Mart
Credo from Sam Walton the owner and CEO of Wal-Mart – an international chain of
department stores and the most successful company in retailing in the world.
Customer Service in the 21st Century
Ask any CEO of a company, president of a bank, manager of an office, minister or staff
person and they will tell you HOW IMPORTANT the customer is to their operations and
success. In meeting after meeting, heads of industry, the service sector, utilities, and
government try to convince the audience how much they believe in customer service.
“It is our mission, it is our number one priority, it is our goal, it is why we are in business,
etc...,” often prove to be mere epitaphs. Unfortunately, these same “customer friendly”
executives go back to their offices, de-employ office staff, fail to initiate a customer service
improvement plan and send memos out saying customer complaints are unjustified and
The Three Key Elements
Expand Your Definition of Service
Who are Your Customers?
Develop a Customer Friendly Approach
Expand Your Definition of Service
How you define service shapes every interaction you have with your customers. Limited
definitions of service based on an exchange of monies for goods or service misses the overall
point of customer service. “Service” should provide the customer with more than a product
or action taken on his/her behalf. It should provide satisfaction. In essence, the customer
should walk away pleased at the result of the transaction – not just content but actually
happy. A happy customer will continue to be a buying customer and a returning customer.
Who are Your Customers?
Customers, buyers and clients want to pay a fair price for quality service or products, and feel
satisfied they have paid for a service/product and received what they have paid for in return.
They also want someone to take care of them. They need someone to understand their needs
and help answer them. They need someone to hold their hands and walk them through a
process. Customer service starts with the ability to listen to the customer and find out through
polite questioning what he/she needs or wants.
Customer service and contact with a client mean that the customer will be heard and his/her
problems will not go unanswered or ignored. It also means getting to know your client,
his/her likes-dislikes, ideas, background, etc.
The other most important aspect to do is to listen to what the customer is saying. If people do
not understand what is motivating the customer, they will not be successful in handling them.
Do research on customers, their habits, and what they want and expect.
Most customer service is defined by how a company or organization treats “external
customers,” but there is “internal customer service” as well. While this manual mainly
addresses “external customers,” expanding your definition of customer service to include coworkers
will lead toward even greater success. Remember, the internal customer chain is just
like the external, we are all customers both inside and outside the company or organization.
As a Wall Street Journal article succinctly put it, “Poorly Treated Employees Treat
Customers Just as Poorly.”
Develop a Customer Friendly Approach
One commonality among all companies or organizations that provide good service is the
development of a system and attitude promoting customer friendly service. By “customer
friendly” we mean viewing the customer as the most important part of your job. The cliché,
“The customer is always right” is derived from this customer friendly environment.
Two critical qualities to the “Customer Friendly Approach”:
The two main tasks of successful customer relations are to communicate and develop
relationships. They don’t take a huge effort, but don’t happen instantaneously either. Positive
dialogue/communication with your customers and developing ongoing relationships wit h
your customers are perhaps the two most important qualities to strive for in customer service.
What Customer Service Means
As mentioned earlier, customer service means providing a quality product or service that
satisfies the needs/wants of a customer and keeps them coming back. Good customer service
means much more – it means continued success, increased profits, higher job satisfaction,
improved company or organization morale, better teamwork, and market expansion of
Think about it places where you enjoy doing business – stores, petrol stations, suppliers,
banks, etc. Why, aside from the actual product or service they provide, do you like doing
business with them? You probably find them courteous, timely, friendly, flexible, interested,
and a series of other exemplary qualities. They not only satisfy your needs and help you in
your endeavors but make you feel positive and satisfied. You come to rely on their level of
service to meet your needs and wants.
On the other hand, let’s review a business you dislike patronizing maybe even hate utilizing
but in some cases do so out of necessity. Maybe it is the Police when you need a new driver’s
license or maybe it is the local store that carries a product you need but who offers lousy service when you purchase. In both of these cases we are willing to hypothesize that the
customer experience is marred by long lines, gruff service, inefficient processing, impolite
and unfriendly clerks or salespeople, lack of flexibility, and no empathy for your customer
plight. In these cases you feel abused, unsatisfied, and taken advantage of – in essence, your
experience is wholly negative.
Unfortunately, in the cases we outlined above there is no competition for the
services/products offered or you would gladly not consider using either the Ministry of
Transport or the rude department store. This is the advantage of a monopoly on a good or
service because in a competitive marketplace, the unsatisfied customer shops elsewhere.
Remember, good customer service results in consumer satisfaction and return customers and
growth in business. Poor customer service, except for monopolistic strongholds, generally
results in consumer dissatisfaction, lack of returning customers and dwindling business.
Professional Qualities in Customer Service
Professionals who constantly deal with customers (inside and outside the company) need to
strive for certain qualities to help them answer customer needs.
The professional qualities of customer service to be emphasized always relate to what the
customer wants. After years of polling and market research, it turns out customers are
constantly internalizing their customer service experience. What this means is they are
grading your customer service during each transaction but you rarely know it. While there
are a multitude of customer needs, six basics needs stand out:
• Friendliness – the most basic and associated with courtesy and politeness.
• Empathy – the customer needs to know that the service provider appreciates their
wants and circumstances.
• Fairness – the customer wants to feel they receive adequate attention and reasonable
• Control – the customer wants to feel his/her wants and input has influence on the
• Information – customers want to know about products and services but in a pertinent
and time-sensitive manner.
It is also very important for customer service employees to have information about their
product or service. Service providers who answer, “I don’t know” or “It is not my
department” are automatically demeaned and demoted in the mind of the customer. These
employees can end up feeling hostile as well as unequipped. Customers want information,
and they disrespect and distrust the person who is supposed to have information but does not.
Customer Service Qualities
Customer Service = Accountability + Delivery
Good Information is Often Good Service
Employees need to be empowered to satisfy customers. Employees will give bad service to
customers if they themselves receive bad service and little feedback from their managers and
supervisors. Remember: external customer service starts with internal customer service.
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