Running a hospital presents a variety of unique challenges. It is like many other businesses as it requires effective leadership and communication to run smoothly, but the extra factor is the importance of timeliness. All businesses require quick employee response, but this could not be truer for a healthcare facility. Patients and their health can be unpredictable. There should be a method of reaching healthcare professionals promptly while still protecting the sensitive information being transmitted.
COVID-19 abruptly changed the way many of us live our day to day lives. With a "new normal" now becoming apparent, businesses have had to change the way they operate. Long line-ups outdoors, capacity limits indoors, and keeping distance from other patrons has changed the way customers are used to shopping at brick and mortar locations.
Perhaps the greatest change is seen in the employee-customer communications. Are there ways your business can still answer questions and resolve issues while customers remain in the comfort of their own homes? The answer is yes, and we have some recommendations to make the transition smoother for businesses.
From the right tools to adequate staffing, customer service can turn out to be an expensive venture for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Most of the expenses incurred come from in-house teams, usually those working in a call-center. If customers get off of the phone with your in-house team and still don't have a resolution to their issue, that can also be seen as both time and money wasted. This is especially true if the customer decides to forego your business thanks to that particular experience.
According to Hannah Steiman of Peak Support, there are a few ways in which in-house customer service can become costly:
With continued growth in computer and hand-held device use in the lives of many brings increasing technical questions and problems that arise. And so, the field of supporting these systems grows along with it, which brings business opportunities for entrepreneurs, and employment opportunities for support personnel.
But there are different types of support needs accompanied by varying required responsibilities and skills. The following are the differences between, and skills required for, three common areas of support: Helpdesk, Technical Support, and Desktop/Deskside Support.
Small and medium-sized organizations on a budget may be hesitant to initiate the process of looking into and implementing a help desk solely based on cost. Whether you decide to choose between an open-source program, software based in the cloud, or something else entirely, there are ways to generate cost savings, while still capturing the services you require to operate efficiently. Continue reading to gather our tips on implementing a cost-efficient help desk at your business, even when budgets are tight.
Customer service is integral to the success of any organization that sells a product or service. Loyalty and retention are both built off of the very principle of customer service. When your customers are happy, they will likely return and recommend your business to their friends, family, and co-workers. With that being said, customer service is an evolving sector that requires organizations to remain current and efficient. How is this done?
"Your call is important to us. Please hold for the next available representative." If you have ever called into a customer service department before, there's a good chance you've heard an iteration of that line on more than one occasion. Some companies have learned methods to tame the wait time beast and established excellent customer service best standards, while others are still losing the battle.
Let's face it, most of us have probably, at one time or another, had a desktop filled with several spreadsheet files to track varying metrics involved in our roles. You might still be doing this today. Though this may work for some people, there certainly has to be a better way to track the key metrics (and other more basic ones as well) in your organization. We are happy to report that a more organized and efficient service is available, and it comes in the form of help desk software.
If you aren't familiar with this type of program, we will be going through some of its top benefits in this post. It may just convince you to suggest it to your IT leader at your next meeting!
Traditionally, call centers monitor the calls of customer service employees using methods such as random call monitoring selection, consistent monitoring of a small sample size of employees, and a checklist that evaluates the efficiency of the call. This is all done to decrease variations between calls, increasing customer quality experiences, and combining all of the data gathered in hopes of creating a standard for all future interactions.
Attention commercial and academic medical testing labs:
In light of COVID-19, how is your testing lab set up to securely, quickly and easily sync results and tracking information with local hospitals and healthcare organizations while performing ongoing, exponentially growing testing? As our nation continues to navigate into deeper waters in its attempt to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, this is an opportunity for your organization to meet this unexpected challenge and create a HIPAA compliant tracking system that will provide: