Presentation on theme: "People & Culture Department Meeting Vestas Americas April 2010"— Presentation transcript:
1People & Culture Department Meeting Vestas Americas April 2010 Going the Extra MilePeople & Culture Department MeetingVestas AmericasApril 2010
2Course Outline What is CUSTOMER SERVICE? Who are Your Customers? What do you provide?Clarifying requestsGoing the extra mileTough customersPersonal promise of serviceTips
3“Customer Service” defined Assistance or resources that are providedSeries of activities designed to enhance the level of customer satisfaction– that is, the feeling that a product or service has met the customer expectationFrom Wikipedia
4What is Good Customer Service? Service that results in a customer feeling satisfiedService that treats the customer the way you would want to be treatedCharacteristics:Listening attentivelyResponding with empathyExceeding expectations
5Destroying Customer Service Customers have memories. They will remember you, whether you remember them or not.Customer trust can be destroyed at once by a major service problem, or it can be undermined one day at a time, with a thousand small demonstrations of incompetence.From Rules to Break and Laws to Follow, Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, PhD.
6What is a Customer?A person who purchases goods or services from anotherA person accommodated, given hospitalityAnyone under the patronage of another; a dependent
7Who are Your Customers? To whom do you provide services? Think about your customers within P&CThink about your customers within VestasThink about any other customers you haveWrite down different types of customers on the Going the Extra Mile worksheet.
8What do you provide? Ask yourself– Do I provide a service or a product?Service: an act of helpful activity; help; aid; assistanceProduct: a deliverable that satisfies a need or contributes to a solutionSome examples:AnswersReportsAssistanceAdviceData
9What do you provide?For each type of customer on your Going the Extra Mile worksheet, write down the service or product you provide. You may provide more than one.Examples:Customer: Vestas field technicianService/product: technical trainingCustomer: SAP TrainerService/product: LMS support, scheduling support
10Communication BasicsFILTERS: Personal perceptions, ideas, experiences, preferences1. Message2. Feedback3. Clarification4. ValidationNOISE: Culture, expectations, stress, nonverbals, environment, etc.
11Clarifying RequestsHow can we be sure we understand our customers’ expectations?Ask for more informationClarify assumptionsDiscuss your questions tactfullyFocus on the other person’s point of viewProvide detailed process information only when necessary
12Clarifying RequestsWhat can you do to clarify your customers’ requests?Add questions you should ask for each customer type in the Going the Extra Mile worksheet.Share with the person sitting next to you.
13Going the Extra Mile: Empathy What is Empathy?Intellectual identification with the feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of another personThe recognition and appropriate acknowledgement of another person’s emotional statePutting yourself in your customer’s position so you can understand his/her frustration
14Empathy What does empathy have to do with customer service? Empathy is conveyed when you listen for hidden meaning in what a customer is saying and offer caring assistanceEmpathy can diffuse emotion“Customers don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
15Empathy Easy Empathetic Responses: “I can hear how frustrated you are.”“I can see how that would annoy you.”“That’s fantastic!”“I understand that this is very time-critical.”“That would upset me, too.”
16Going the Extra Mile: Anticipating Needs What does it mean to anticipate someone’s needs?Recognizing what someone might need next and suggesting or providing it before they askExamples:The waitress that keeps your coffee cup fullThe concierge that offers directions (or a taxi) to dinner after making your reservation
17Anticipating Customer Needs How can you anticipate your customers’ needs?Make a list of your everyday requests.Review the steps in your interactions with customers. What are some of the logical needs at each step?Get creative by asking about what else you could offer.Start implementing! Begin with one thing at a time.Ask for feedback to ensure you’re heading the right direction.
18Going the Extra MileWhat can you do to go the extra mile with your customers? Does it involve more empathy or anticipating their needs? Is there something else you can do?Write down your ideas for each customer in the appropriate spot on your Going the Extra Mile worksheet.
19Dealing with Tough Customers Tips for handling that upset customer in the moment:Let him vent. He’ll feel better after and therefore be easier to talk with.Don’t take it personally. It’s not you he’s mad at– it’s the situation.Be empathetic. Acknowledge his feelings and the reasons for them.Don’t over-promise. If you can’t deliver, it will only make the customer more upset.
20Steps for Dealing with Upset Customers Listen actively.“Backtrack” some of the words used. Try, “What I’m hearing is that you’re…”Clarify situation particulars and the desired outcome.Summarize your understanding of the situation and what you intend to do.Confirm your understanding and suggested solution.Follow up! Send an after the discussion to summarize the agreement.
21Personal Promise of Service Having a Service Promise can:For you:Focus your responsesClarify prioritiesFor your customer:Set expectationsExplain what you do (and don’t do)
22Personal Promise of Service What does Good Customer Service mean to you?Responses within 24/48/72 hours?The right answer the first time?Keeping your promises?Think about it! Consider developing and displaying a Personal Promise of Service for your customers. Even a Service Level Agreement (SLA) can clarify customer expectations.
23Customer Service Tips Always know your customers’ expectations. Give more than expected.Help customers understand your systems.Discuss concerns around filling a request tactfully.Always keep customers informed on request status.Get out of your “silo”.Get regular feedback.Open your vision to the big picture.
24How to Be a Good Customer Discuss expectations openly and honestly.Use effective time management.Provide all necessary information.Always be professional.