How to Handle Customer Complaints
Customer complaints are unavoidable in any business or enterprise and handling such issues can be very challenging. Even careful operation does not make you immune to having unhappy customers. To handle customer complaints effectively, here are some points that you can follow:
- Listen. Listen and put yourself in the customer’s shoes and understand the situation from his or her point of view. This is the first step in successful resolution of a complaint.
- Show ownership. Avoid referring customers to other departments, blaming others or making excuses. Assure customers that your company will attend to their complaints.
- Empathize and resolve. Apologize to customers for the inconvenience if there was indeed a mistake. Offer solutions to the best of your abilities but make sure that it is still withing the bounds of company policy.
- Learn and improve. Make your company more attuned to customer needs and look for permanent improvements. Complaints point out your company’s shortcomings to help it improve its systems and procedures to satisfy your customers.
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