Once you have researched the history of a complaint and collected all the relevant data, it is time to start planning a resolution.
Having a plan ensures that you have covered all the issues involved. You may even have more than one option available - the plan lets you see and compare your options when you discuss them with specialist staff and the customer.
You should never contact a customer without having an action plan already developed.
Planning ensures that you offer a solution that is: bullet point.
in the best interest of the customer , bullet point.
in the best interest of Bushland Blooms. , bullet point.
When dealing with a complex complaint, it is common to have more than one option available to resolve it. When offering a solution to a customer you should consider the following: bullet point.
For each possible option, what are the advantages/disadvantages for:
(a) the customer?
(b) Bushland Blooms? , bullet point.
Which option is most likely to resolve the complaint? , bullet point.
Does the chosen option fulfil Bushland Blooms obligations by honouring guarantees and/or warranties? , bullet point.
Does the chosen option adhere to Bushland Blooms policies and procedures? , bullet point.
Does the chosen option meet the customer's expectations? , bullet point.
What impact will the chosen option have on the customer's relationship with Bushland Blooms?
Here are some different options to consider:
A simple explanation of how Bushland Blooms policy affects the resolution of the complaint.
I'm sorry but we cannot provide a replacement product until the original has been returned to Bushland Blooms.
An apology for the inconvenience caused.
I would like to apologise for any inconvenience this incident has caused you.
A goodwill gesture such as discount vouchers for future use, or a free product or service.
Mr Han, we have looked into your complaint and would like to offer you a $20 voucher for use in any of our stores, as compensation for the inconvenience caused.
Another product to replace one that has failed to give satisfaction. You can find more information about this under Our products and Our services on the Intranet.
Mrs Kim, we would like to offer you another Mother's day rose to replace the one that has died.
Compensation should only be offered as a last resort. You should escalate all claims for compensation to the Complaints manager. You can find more information about this under Sales principles in this Agent support manual.
I'm sorry but I will not be able to deal with this myself. I will have to escalate your call to the Complaints manager, Ms Abib.
When you are dealing with a complex complaint, you may find it useful to discuss any issues you have with your colleagues and specialist or expert staff, such as: bullet point.
your department (eg. team leader, manager). , bullet point.
the Service department , bullet point.
the Accounts department , bullet point.
the Marketing department , bullet point.
the Complaints department , bullet point.
You may want to: bullet point.
Find out if the option you've chosen is possible. For example, you might want to check with the Service department that repairs can be carried out within the required time frame. , bullet point.
Get authorisation for actions that are outside your normal limitations. For example, you may need to lend a customer a product while theirs is being repaired. , bullet point.
Seek advice about how to present your plan to a difficult customer. Colleagues may be able to suggest ways you can approach the customer. , bullet point.
Brief colleagues about your proposed plan so that other staff can handle the complaint if you are away, or off sick. , bullet point.
Keep staff involved up to date with progress.
You may find, when you're discussing the action plan options with colleagues, that they have suggestions that could improve the plan, or provide better options for the customer. You should always include your colleagues and their input when going through the complaints resolution process.
You need to be aware of company policy when handling complaints. Reviewing your knowledge of Bushland Blooms policy will help you understand the boundaries you will operate within, and the steps you need to take.
At Bushland Blooms, you will need to be familiar with the following entries found in the Agent Support Manual: bullet point.
Complaints - receiving a complex complaint , bullet point.
Sales principles , bullet point.
Refer, transfer and escalate.
Your next step is to draw up a plan. Your plan is all about you being prepared. There is no point contacting the customer if you have not done your research as to how Bushland Blooms can help the customer, and what you can offer.
Your plan should provide a way of comparing your options for resolving the complaint. It will also give you more than one option when you begin to negotiate with your customer.
Have a look at the Complaint action plan under Forms on the Intranet, which will give you some guidance in what you should consider.