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It can be easy to forget that our internal customers are just as important as our external customers. Sometimes, we tend to take the people we work with for granted. But that's no excuse for not caring; or drawing other employees into the situation. Instead, you should focus on fixing the problem. Look for alternative solutions. And be sure to follow up to make sure things are taken care of.
Being on the receiving end of a caller that has been transferred a lot of times - especially when the people they've talked to before haven't been very helpful - can really test your customer service skills. There are a couple of things you can do. Be sure to empathize with the caller. Assure the customer that you can help. And, finally, if it's absolutely necessary to send the call to a manager, ask the customer for enough information to make sure that you can direct the call to the right place. And then explain what actions you're going to take to fix the problem.
It's sometimes tough bringing a group of diverse and free-thinking individuals together on a team - and expect them to immediately gel. This video demonstrates the work needed to get the best from a multi-generational team. Includes varying views of appropriate business etiquette.
There's going to be times when you (or someone in your organization) will have to deal with a customer whose expectations aren't being met - for whatever reason. Stay away from making excuses, grilling the customer, or questioning what a co-worker has promised. Instead, stay positive and keep your focus on what you can do to solve the customer's problem. To do that, thank the customer for calling. Do everything in your power to fix the problem. Offer the customer something extra. And be sure to leave things on a positive note by renewing the relationship.
Policies and procedures are good and necessary parts of doing business. But they can easily become an excuse for just telling the customer what you can't do... rather than letting them know what you can do. Obviously, every situation is different. But working to find a real win-win solution - even if that means getting approval to make an exception to a policy - is one of the best ways to ensure long-term customer loyalty. To do that, always be sure to empathize with your customer. Reassure the customer that you will do everything that you can to help. Then use your best judgment to make it right.
A positive response is a way to let an employee or team member know that not only are they doing a good job; but that you care about them as a person and appreciate their contribution. We've all gotten the little pats on the back before; the "nice goings" and the "good jobs." And there's nothing wrong with those. But a positive response is more than that.
Most of us would agree that one of the biggest challenges is dealing with conflict… whether at work or at home. Unfortunately, most of us don't have the tools to resolve conflict in a healthy way. We end up damaging relationships, we lose trust… the list goes on and on. Conflict 101™ is a new micro-learning program packed with conflict resolution tips and tools.
As an administrator, teacher or staff member… others look to you for help… especially in times of need. One of the times you may be asked to lead is when the unthinkable happens. It may help you to think of preparing for an armed intruder event in the same way that you prepare your staff or students for a fire, an earthquake or tornado. By taking a few minutes to train for one of these events, you know what to do in the very unlikely event that it actually happens. The exact same thing holds true when preparing for an armed intruder event.
Being prepared for an armed or violent intruder in your school begins with… accepting the reality that today’s world demands us to be ready for the unexpected. AND… changing the way YOU see your environment. This awareness will allow you to “what if” think and this provides mental preparation and planning to an event that has not happened. We say “the body can’t go where the brain has never been.” This program is intended to help save lives.
A positive redirection response will work in 99% of the cases where you might be tempted to use a negative "gotcha" response on someone. And giving someone a redirection response can be done very quickly - often times in a minute or less. Here's an example of positive redirection with a co-worker.
A positive redirection response will work in 99% of the cases where you might be tempted to use a negative "gottcha" response on someone. And giving someone a redirection response can be done very quickly - often times in a minute or less. Here's an example of positive redirection with a team member.
A positive redirection response will work in 99% of the cases where you might be tempted to use a negative "gotcha" response on someone. And giving someone a redirection response can be done very quickly - often times in a minute or less. Here's an example of positive redirection with an employee.
There's always a better way to deal with the inevitable mistakes that happen in the workplace. And that's where positive redirection comes in. The purpose of redirection is to refocus energy and attention either back to what someone is supposed to do; or, if necessary, on to something else.
We all know that customers can get frustrated when dealing with automated phone systems, right? So, when you run into that kind of a situation, avoid making excuses or saying things like - "I know - I hate pushing all those buttons, too." Instead, thank the customer for waiting. Empathize with how frustrating it can be. Reassure the customer that you're willing to help. And be sure to keep your tone of voice and choice of words positive.
Stimulate discussion about new managers/supervisors accepting their new role, establishing clear boundaries, communicating and taking action. This thought-provoking, powerful short video uses impactful imagery, video and music to inspire and stimulate discussion about new supervisors within your organization.
In New York, taxi means a “black and yellow,” in India a “rickshaw,” in Thailand a “tuk tuk,” and in Haiti a “tap tap.” Travelers in foreign countries can be very surprised by another culture’s definition of taxi. Therefore, even with the most common of words, understanding the context in which that word is used is critical to understanding the significance behind what is being said, whether communicating across the world or across the hall.
Hermit Crabs live in empty seashells. As they grow they have to find larger shells to move into. In the search for a new shell, the crab is particularly vulnerable to predators. When organizations undergo growth and change, such as becoming more diverse, it often challenges employees to grow in new ways. Just as the crab feels vulnerable when it changes shells, employees in this time of transition may feel particularly susceptible.
Whales possess the ability to adapt what they hear and then make it their own. Adaptive communication is a skill that is also critical to organizational growth. Keeping something the same just “because this is the way we have always done it” hinders an organization from innovating and progressing.
When diverse teams come together, there can be conflict if there is a lack of understanding and trust among team members. When there is a lack of trust, the team is fighting its differences instead of embracing them. When teams embrace the challenges that come with differences, the differences can be leveraged for inspiration and growth.
Navel oranges are neither native to Florida nor a natural tree. Navels are a graft of two citrus trees, the root stock and the bud wood. Both these parts contribute different, but essential resources that are necessary in order to produce sweet oranges. Oftentimes, behind the scenes tasks are overlooked as being nonessential; however, they are a vital component to the health and productivity of the team.