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How to FIX Customer Service in AFGHANISTAN?

How to FIX Customer Service in AFGHANISTAN?

By Murtaza Edries – 7th Edition, Page 44

Customer service is important because unhappy customers can fire us from our own businesses anytime by taking their purchases to our competitors. True and serious business people understand how quickly losing customers can reduce their revenue and profitability. We are in business, especially in the service industry – constituting 56% of Afghanistan’s GDP in 2017 – because customers buy our products. Our businesses depend on repeat purchases of our customers. As Professor and author of Out of the Crisis writes, “profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that bring friends with them.” Its common knowledge that it’s many times less costly to sell to existing customers than it is to new ones.

What can we do to fix customer service in Afghanistan? Here are a number of key steps for you to consider:

  1. Acknowledge the Bad Customer Service
    • Observe employees’ interactions
    • Ask customers for feedback
    • Review customers’ feedback

  2. Fix Your Products & Processes
    • Your products should best serve the customers
    • Provide value-based customer service
    • Deliver quality products and processes

  3. Recruit the Right People
    • Hire merit-based
    • Put the best employees in the front line
    • Assign roles based on employees’ talent & abilities
    • Build diversity in the workplace

  4. Invest in Training & Coaching
    • Organize coaching & mentorship for employees
    • Improve skills and change attitudes
    • Make customer service second nature
    • Avoid old-school lecturers
    • Assign practioners as trainers

  5. Build a Customer-centric
    • Organizational Culture
    • Take care of your customers
    • Put your customers first
    • Build trust with the customers
    • Develop a problem solving culture
    • Respect your customers
    • Make employee vacations mandatory

Above all, customer service excellence results from our ability to interact with people with passion, care, and empathy – human skills – that we can only learn over time. Improving our customer service isn’t a choice anymore. As our economy becomes more competitive, bad customer service will become a comparative disadvantage that may cost us our businesses. The brief menu of steps in this article will only help you begin the journey. 

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