7 Rewards Of A Great Customer Service Culture


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In business today, customer service has gone beyond being just another department, to becoming a very critical component in the relationship between a brand and its customers. Organizations that offer exceptional service are often leaders in their various markets. From Apple, to Southwest Airlines, to Four Seasons, to Zappos, to Amazon, to Disney. These brands all have one thing in common – a great service culture.

It is not mere coincidence that these brands, known for their great service are also industry leaders in their various markets, this is because they have invested in developing a solid customer service culture. Various research has found clear correlations between a great service culture, employee engagement, customer loyalty, and profit1. If you’re still wondering if it’s worth it to start the transition to a customer-focused culture, here are 7 rewards to consider –

1. Better Employee Engagement

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An outcome of having a customer-focused culture is also making policies and creating incentives that improve employee engagement. The reason for this is that employee engagement and customer satisfaction go hand-in-hand. Before any business can begin to deliver great service its employees must be engaged, and committed to the service culture. You cannot deliver great customer service, without having a customer-focused culture and engaged employees who live and promote this culture.

Also, because the enthusiasm and passion of engaged employees cannot be imitated, it is seen and felt by the customers when they interact with these employees or watch them do their jobs. This, in turn, sets a positive tone for the interaction between the customers and employees – the sort of interaction that leaves both parties feeling good. Employees feel fulfilled, and the customers feel satisfied.

2. Better Trained Employees

Building a great culture involves continuously training staff on its ideals, how their various roles fit into it and what actions can or cannot promote the culture. Investing in the personal and professional development of employees contributes greatly to building an exceptional customer service culture.
An organization that invests in training employees demonstrates that it cares about their continual development and progress. This motivates the employees as they become more efficient in handling and dealing with customer requests. It is also important for them to understand the various products and services on offer, and the necessary knowledge to resolve customer issues satisfactorily.
Having a great service focused culture creates the conditions for well-trained employees, who understand the organizational culture, buy into it and have the capacity to execute it.

3. Improved Staff Retention

When customers are satisfied with the quality of service they receive, even when things go wrong, they are a bit confident that the issue would be resolved. As a result, complaints and exchange of negative emotions with employees reduce drastically, this makes the employees more productive as they channel their energy and resources into resolving the customer’s complaint.

With better satisfied customers, quality training and an exciting work environment, employees are even more likely to remain with an organization. Especially when they are rewarded and recognized for taking actions that promote the culture. (Read: Reward and Recognize Excellent Service)

4. Customer Loyalty

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Everyone loves to spend their money where they feel good about doing so. If customers enjoy the quality of service your organization offers, you can be sure they will come again. And if they have to patronize competition for one reason or the other, they will be reminded of your great service is by the contrast in the level of service offered by the competition. They will be eager to experience that great service they have come to expect from you again and again.
A great customer service culture gives you an edge over competition. One that is very difficult to copy. This edge makes it possible for your business to retain a larger customer base, which competitors will find difficult to break into.

5. More Referrals

In addition to a loyal customer base, customers who are impressed by the sort of service they have received will share their experiences with; friends, family, peers, drinking buddies and even total strangers.
Word of mouth advertising is the most trusted form of advertising, thus the brand has by having a great customer service culture amassed anonymous salesmen and women who advocate for and promote their products and services for free!

6. Higher Prices

Oracle released a research report in 2012 titled “Why Customer Satisfaction Is No Longer Good Enough”. The report revealed that: 81% of consumers would be willing to pay more for a superior customer service experience, with nearly half (44%) willing to pay a premium of more than 5%.
In another survey by American Express in 2014, 68% of consumers said they’d be willing to spend more with a company that they believe provides excellent service. 74% said they have spent more in such a situation.

On average, consumers say they’d pay a premium of 14 percent for superior service.
– 2014 Global Customer Service Barometer

To put it simply, customers really want the service or product to work smoothly, but they also want to know that they will be given adequate support when it doesn’t, and they are willing to pay extra to ensure they are guaranteed a high and consistent level of customer service. This indicates that offering great service opens up an opportunity to charge a premium for the quality of service being offered – therefore expanding income margins for the organization.

7. More Profits

More engaged employees, loyal customers, more advocates & referrals and the opportunity to charge a premium for services opens the door to great profitability –

    – A loyal customer base gives the brand multiple opportunities to cross sell other products to the customers and increases their lifetime value significantly
    – Improved employee retention reduces the cost of hiring and training new staff.
    – Referrals from advocates increases the customer base and reduces the cost of marketing new prospects
    – Premium prices increase income margins

All of these make a business profitable and solvent in the long term. Developing a great customer service culture inspires a series of organizational changes that can set off chain reactions that lead to very profitable outcomes.

Bonus: A Strong Brand

Any business that masters that art of having a solid customer service culture is bound to become a benchmark brand in its market. It would be a brand that customers use as a reference to describe positive service experiences, and also one that competition would want to model in designing their service strategy. In essence, such a brand becomes a leader in its market and a household name for consumers.

Gone are the days when customers quietly accepted mediocre service and inconvenience and still spent their hard-earned money. The best way to get and keep customers these days is to offer service better than what competition is offering. In today’s competitive landscape, no brand can afford for customers come across its product and dismiss it with a shrug, because of a prior poor service experience.

Invest in customer service, develop a vision for it and make it culture for your organization

This article was originally published here on 3rd May 2017

Kelechi Okeke
Kelechi Okeke has dedicated over a decade to assisting organizations in elevating their customer experience strategies by empowering them with invaluable insights, innovative solutions, and fostering a customer-centric mindset. As the visionary founder of the award-winning CX website cxservice360.com, he is on a mission to enhance global customer experience practices


  1. Thanks for interesting reading. I think management should also conduct surveys among the employees at least once a year to make sure that company’s strategy is aligned with staff expectations and to figure out new ideas for the improvement of corporate culture. A complete satisfaction of the internal stuff increases its motivation and consequently drives a desire to improve customer service.

  2. Thank you for your comment Yuliya.
    You’re absolutely right, the surveys would be a great source of feedback necessary for management to make guided decisions that would impact positively on the culture

  3. Customer feedback should be taken on employees every month, so that company can work more effectively.

  4. Thanks for interesting reading. I think management should also conduct surveys among the employees at least once a year to make sure that company’s strategy is aligned with staff expectations and identify a good idea to further development

  5. I agree Sandeep. Companies also need to know what the employees think, after all they are in trenches serving the customers. Thank you for sharing your insight

  6. Thanks for a very interesting reading. I feel that it would be important for employees who work w /Customers on a daily basis to take surveys on what employees feel to increase motivation to drive a desire to improve customer service.

  7. Thank you Mary, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It is good practice to get feedback from employees as well. You’re right on point

  8. I have been on the receiving end of both, good and poor customer service and I can definetely agree with the results of the surveys. I am definetely willing to pay more for good customer service. Often, it is not the sales strategy that affects whether I buy something or not, but rather the knowledge that if it does not satisfy me (whether it is a defect or unclear instructions, etc.) I can contact someone who is knowledgeable and is willing to hear me out and help me through the problem-solving with a positive attitude.

  9. “When customers are satisfied with the quality of service they receive, even when things go wrong, they are a bit confident that the issue would be resolved” Personally I believes this is true. When I am satisfied with the service I receive it’s more likely that I will remain a customer as well.


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