Archive: Customer Service

Vaccination Logistics Lessons from Chick-fil-A

For more than two decades I’ve conducted focus groups with healthcare employees to understand their beliefs and attitudes toward customer service. When I ask participants to give examples of exceptional service, you may expect to hear about Disney and Ritz ...

How to Drive a Patient Away Without Even Trying

Posted by Kristin Baird I just found out that I have skin cancer, but honestly, that news isn’t as painful as trying to get a call back with my results.  Here’s how the ordeal played out. Golf has a lot of wonderful ...

Who Decides if You’re Worth the Wait? Patients.

Posted by Kristin Baird Wait time in healthcare settings matter on two important fronts. One is the wait time to get an appointment, and the other is the wait time in the waiting room. Last year, we did tens of thousands of ...

Get Service Recovery Right the First Time

Posted by Kristin Baird  I am no stranger to travel. In fact, with my consulting business, I easily travel 150 days per year or more. During my many sojourns, I have experienced lost reservations, flight delays that cause me to miss ...

Beware the Holiday Hospital

Posted by Kristin Baird Years ago, I heard a healthcare leader talk about the four hospitals within every hospital. He said that there was the daytime hospital, the nighttime hospital, the weekend hospital, and the holiday hospital. He went on to ...

It can be done

Posted by Kristin Baird When we talk about best practices in customer service, it’s not unusual to hear all the reasons it won’t work here, or it can’t be done. It can be done. I’ve seen it firsthand. Last week I had ...

This is what ownership looks like!

Posted by Kristin Baird  Organizations that want to achieve the best possible patient experience need everyone on board and taking ownership of the experience.  Ownership can’t be lip service. Ownership must be woven into the fabric of the culture and daily ...

Lessons on Service Recovery From an Irate Customer

Posted by Kristin Baird We all have those experiences as consumers when things don’t go as expected. We might be disappointed in a meal at a restaurant, or wait longer than expected in line or in the waiting room. But then ...

That’s just Jenny – and other culture-killing excuses

Posted by Kristin Baird I see it all the time -The beautifully framed statements of “commitment to service” hanging within arm’s reach of the organization’s biggest standards contradictions. It happened just two weeks ago when I was visiting a healthcare organization that ...