In our fast-paced world, we are more and more focused on and appreciate good customer service. Companies that shine in today’s economy are ones with a strong culture of exceptional customer service.
In the drug and alcohol rehab business, I know the services we provide can be life or death for those we help. Due to this pressure, I have prided myself and tried to instill in my 200-plus teammates that we must always bring our A-game. Complacency can lead to poor service.
Over the last few months, I started having laser focus on improving our customer service. It started with training by Diana Oreck, VP of the Ritz Carlton Leadership Center, to my Houston chapter of the Entrepreneur Organization (EO). It hit home further during my wonderful vacation in Los Cabos, Mexico, and reading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh.
Is the ability to provide extraordinary customer service a talent we learn or are we born with it? I think the answer can be both! There are people who love to serve and are selfless, and do very well in customer service oriented businesses. There are others, once they are trained and realize the importance of this, they really excel! And there are others who, even with training, are not cut out for it. In the therapeutic world I live in, some folks don’t know they fit in the third category. Their own personal needs and issues get in the way of the truly selfless act of being emotionally and spiritually available for someone.
I am working hard to identify those in my business who fit the third category and train the rest of my team. I am doing this by compensating my teammates who read Delivering Happiness, and I brought in Ms. Oreck to train close to a quarter of my staff.
Here are my key takeaways from Ms. Oreck’s training:
From the assigned reading, I am asking my employees three basic but important questions:
So far, the top votes for core values are:
My favorites include the two above and the two below:
In closing, there are more core values worth reading about. I hope you feel passionate about customer service like I do!