Customer service is the assistance and advice provided by a company to those people who buy or use its products or services.
Elma shared her experience at a detailing shop. She took her car for spring cleaning and asked the manager if she could have the service expedited. The manager was a bit standoffish and said he was not sure that would happen.
Previously, Elma had a discussion on the phone with a customer service agent who promised her that she would get her car back in good time.
“Did the customer service agent inform the manager about my request?” Elma thought to herself. She decided not to comment any further, hoping she would get what she asked for.
The car was ready in good time. Elma told the manager it looked as good as new. Her comment seemed to have triggered a reaction from the manager.
He said, “Well, I will not say new. I noticed a lot of issues with the body of your car. At least, it can take you from Point A to B.”
The manager’s comment inspired this write-up: How to have a bad day at a detailing shop. One may interpret Elma’s comment as they did a good job on the car. I do not think she meant the car became a 2023 model.
Elma said she felt deflated, no one had addressed her in such a disrespectful manner, not even at the dealership where she takes her car for servicing. A customer should take a car, old or new, for cleaning and not receive derogatory comments from service providers. Elma received a feedback form, but she was too upset to fill it out.
How can a service provider improve customer satisfaction?
1. Is it possible that a better experience at the detailing shop would have brought more referrals and customers?
2. Do businesses or companies (big/small, public/private) take the time to train staff and management on good customer service and communication skills?
3. At what point is a conversation downright awkward, rude, or patronizing?
Food for thought, enjoy the rest of your week.
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