Here's 4-question checklist to begin dialog regarding the customer service experience:
1. Does our organization clearly define typical customer challenges (experience) so employees can anticipate them?
In general, my team knows the type of experiences our typical (customer/audience/member) craves, and the reasons why.2. Does our organization map customer contact points and assign adequate resources to insure a great service experience?
We clearly know why your customers prefer the experience we offer, versus those offered by other companies or brands.
A typical customer experience within our (department/division/organization) is a positive event, for both employees and customers.
Everyone on my team knows what resources to use, and when, in order to deliver a great experience.3. Does our organization provide ways for employees and customers to collaborate on new services or solutions?
We honestly and openly measure customer feedback at multiple contact points.
We use customer feedback to improve our internal processes, staffing and learning within days, instead of months and years.
We support informal learning experiences (versus curriculum or LMS driven learning) for all team members and offer innovative leadership opportunities for every team member, within weeks of their arrival4. Does our organization identify, grow and sustain service champions, both internally and externally?
We routinely turn interactions into enjoyable learning moments for customers, members and/or clients
We allow tremendous flexibility in how employees engage prospects and customers and use social media tools to help us draw customers closer.
We know what motivates people to become one of our loyal customers.
We know our champions (loyal customers that live, eat, breath our product) and can identify them, by name
My team is given the resources to track, validate and sustain both internal (employee) and external (client) champions through programs that reward their loyalty and honest feedback.