In a retail environment, the way an employee treats a customer is critical because not only do they need to say the right thing, they need to have the right body language from start to finish. Focusing on emotions is a great place to start for retail experience optimization.
Patience with Customers
Some customers are in a hurry, and simply have no patience at the time they interact with store employees. Helping your employees develop the ability to recognize this and move quickly to address the needs of the customer will provide a major improvement to the customer experience that most retail stores currently provide. It may not be right for the customer to be demanding in this manner, but they are still a customer, and it is not the employee’s job to fix their current emotional problems, so the best solution is to provide the quickest experience possible.
On the other hand, some customers need a lot of time, whether it is to get their payment method ready, to determine whether they want to buy something, or answering general inquiry questions that they may have. It is important for an employee to give the customer all the time they require, as rushing them can lead to discomfort and stress.
When a customer is having a bad day, your employees should recognize this and adjust their standard customer service routine accordingly. In the retail industry, there is not a single way to plan for every way that a customer reacts, which makes being empathic an essential quality. Implementing strategies to effectively prepare and train your employees for every such incidence with customers will greatly improve the perception of your business to the general public.
It is often easier to treat a happy customer with excellent customer service, but it is the sad, angry, or impatient customers that often lead to an employee becoming frustrated. However, an employee must remove his or her emotions from the equation and provide the same quality service to everyone.
High-quality customer service may seem easy, but there are a lot of details that come into play, and it can be the emotional ones that can prove to be the toughest to improve.
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