This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post, my colleague Kate Feather writes about the importance of hiring right. I believe that customer service starts with hiring the right people, as well as training and empowering them. – Shep Hyken Imagine you’re back at the start. You don’t yet have a company, customers, the […]
This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post, my colleague Kate Feather writes about the importance of hiring right. I believe that customer service starts with hiring the right people, as well as training and empowering them. – Shep Hyken
Imagine you’re back at the start. You don’t yet have a company, customers, the people, processes, and technology that you have today. You are setting out on a journey to build a company that is going to be known for delivering The Best Customer Service Ever. Where do you begin?
At PeopleMetrics, we’ve uncovered meaningful patterns in the Voice of the Customer data that we collect for clients. Some of these patterns are repeated across different sectors such as Retail Banking, Restaurants, Hospitality, B2B Distributors, Telco, and Luxury Service Providers.
Perhaps not surprisingly, customers who have experienced issues tend to be less engaged than customers for whom the experience is flawless. However, when we analyze our data, it becomes clear that people problems – those either created or exacerbated by a company’s employees – lead to the biggest decline in positive customer perceptions.
For example, in one Retail Bank we uncovered:
For a wireless communications provider, we learned:
Since you know that people are the place to start, then it makes sense to focus on hiring the right people. By recruiting the right talent and empowering them to take customer-focused actions, you can build a great customer experience one hire at a time. Here are two examples of how starting with hiring has benefited high performers:
So now you know that hiring is important, but what should you look for in candidates?
In 2010, PeopleMetrics started to identify and award Brand Ambassadors, the client-facing staff who receive high levels of Recognition within our Voice of the Customer platform. Because they come from our diverse client base, Brand Ambassadors consist of tax accountants, call center reps, restaurant servers, account managers, and sales reps. But they share a common set of characteristics. Of course, your unique culture and values may dictate that other characteristics are important, but we’d suggest you consider this set:
So, the fact is, your company likely exists, with its own customers, people, processes, and technology. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start with people first as you journey toward The Best Customer Service Experience Ever. The evidence points to a need to start with people who care. Who has the right attitude? Who will go the extra mile for your customers?
And if you find those people, maybe your customers will go the extra mile for you too.
Kate Feather is Executive Vice President, Marketing for PeopleMetrics. She is happy to describe herself as “customer-obsessed.” She has more than 20 years of experience in organizational and customer research and consulting.
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