You may be in the plumbing, electrical, roofing or air conditioning business, but that is not the core of your business. The core of your business is customer service. You are a customer service company that just happens to provide home services.
Many businesses pride themselves on their customer service. If you were to ask the technicians or CSRs, they would say, “We go above and beyond to provide world-class service!” However, many clients won’t say the same if asked about their service experience.
So, what is the disconnect? Why is there such a difference of opinion between the two parties going through the experience?
Let’s explore the gap between perception and reality by unpacking some truths about customer service. Here at Service Excellence, we help you identify the strengths and weaknesses in your process that impact your team’s ability to provide amazing service to your clients. For more information, check out our next PRESS PLAY for CSRs training course.
According to a study by Destination CRM, reducing client turnover by as little as 5% annually can lead to an increase in profitability of 25%-125%. Since reducing client turnover can dramatically increase profitability, here are some tips to increase client loyalty:
Most importantly, anytime you find that your company has made a mistake, make it right!
To be fair, no company sets out with the goal of providing mediocre service. However, how often does your company fail to provide top-of-the-line service? How can you break this cycle?
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
What about other communication challenges?
Your CSRs are people who have enough on their plate – their jobs come with a lot of responsibility. Couple the everyday stressors of the job with a barrage of communication issues, and it’s no wonder your CSRs feel stressed! Here’s a list of things that affect your CSR’s mindset:
Each of these stressors has the ability to make your CSRs less empathetic, caring and proactive. It is a learned adaptation. Take a moment and reflect on how your CSRs communicate with each other, technicians, managers and merchants.
After considering how your staff communicates with each other, do any of the following conflicts or habits occur regularly?
The way CSRs communicate with co-workers is probably not too far off from the way they’re communicating with your clients. Their communication style within the company is a direct reflection of the company culture.
The communication style that is modeled by the manager or owner will build the foundation for communication in your company.
We understand that there are unreasonable clients out there. However, how often is the client being unreasonable versus team members shifting the blame?
Blame shifting can be defined as, “When a service industry provider blames the client for a poor experience.” Blame shifting presents itself when the client is labeled “cheap,” “unreasonable” or “ridiculous.”
These are just a few of the hundreds of examples heard over the years. The truth is, many of these situations are avoidable if you build value and strong communication skills in your company.
Another way that we settle for mediocre service is not following through on our promises. From “forgetting” to wear floor savers when entering a home to not completing a thorough inspection or following up with a client, breaking promises has power.
The problem is when these promises are broken, the trust is broken as well. Without trust, you will struggle to win client loyalty.
Your team can improve their communication style and still adapt to the changes that are inevitable in our industry. Are you communicating with a heart of service?
If you look at how your office communicates, it’s probably a direct reflection of how you communicate. Are there a lot of raised voices, blame-shifting or excuses? Those are symptoms of a communication culture in need of reform.
With training from Service Excellence, you can explore and learn about how to help your CSRs become better communicators as we strive to IGNITE THE POWER WITHIN!
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