What is your company’s customer service policy? You know, what policies do you have in place for handling difficult clients? I understand that some out there suggest the policy should be “The customer is always right.” Well, as well-meaning as that perspective is, I think it is absolutely naïve. Perhaps that customer service policy works for other businesses, but it certainly doesn’t work in the field of wildlife control.
Even if you haven’t thought of writing down your customer service policy, you should think about some standard principles that guide your business practices. For instance, how often should you adapt your wildlife control practices to the specific convenience needs of the client? Some clients, are, shall we say, “high maintenance.” These clients are always asking for time changes, additional work (that they aren’t wanting to pay for), extra time to pay, etc. etc. Some clients are all nice at the beginning but begin to “turn” when the job is nearing completion and the bill is imminent. They are happy at first then out of the blue begin to find problems with the quality of work or the pricing or the alignment of the stars. The excuses vary but they are always the same, they cost you time, money, and of course your piece of mind.
So let me ask you, “What is your company’s customer service policy?” If you don’t have one, or you haven’t thought about it because all your customers have been great, then let me say there is no better time than the present to create one. A customer service policy will help you be consistent with all of your customers (note I didn’t say identical, I said consistent) and it will help you know when you need to fire that troublesome client.Stephen M. Vantassel, CWCP, ACE, is the owner of Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. He helps people restore their balance with nature through publishing, training, consulting, and the internet. He has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications along with several books (http://kingsdivinity.academia.edu/StephenMVantassel). He is a sought after speaker and trainer. Copyright All postings are the property of Stephen M. Vantassel and Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC. Text (not images) may be reprinted in non-profit publications provided that the author and website URL is included. If images wish to be used, explicit and written permission must be obtained from Wildlife Control Consultant, LLC.