How to motivate employees to be Customer Centric

Written by Harald Baumeister for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Many managers claim that their employees have the right environment to deliver excellent services to their customers. However, the customers see that a bit different. In an Experience Gap Analysis Study carried out by our partner Strativity between 2004 and 2011 with more than 50.000 participants, 76% of the employees said they often go “above and beyond” and exceed customer expectations, yet only 26% of the customers agreed.

The problem is that current methods to motivate employees are mainly based on productivity and sales improvement, but neither on the customer satisfaction nor on their needs.

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Customer Experience Management in Spain: why we are still far away from awareness and implementation

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Last week I spoke about CEM at a CRM-vendor sponsored event in Barcelona, and was positively surprised about the audience´s complicity and continuous nodding during my speech. At the same time I could feel their desperation and helplessness, because in their own organizations decisionmakers tend to be deaf about longterm, customer centric strategies that support profitable growth. The more blue-chip you are, the bigger and shareholder value driven you get. I wonder if shareholders really only look for short-term results and not manage their investment portfolios with a longterm interest behind. It might be that they are used as perfect excuse for managing business with a 3-month-horizon focused on sales and controlling, which it´s easier to push and requires less strategic leadership!

Anyway, coming back to CEM in Spain and – as already emphasized in previous blogposts – the direct link and natural dependency between excellent customer experience and employee engagement, I confront myself again and again with the same question: is the cultural discourse of a country relevant for coherence between “wanting” to deliver exceptional customer experience and “needing” to motivate employees to do so?

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