Now’s the time to sign up for customer service workshops

If your job puts you on the front lines of customer service, consider signing up for one or all of these upcoming customer service workshops. All workshops are free of charge and will be held in Room 101, City of Lakes building, 309 2nd Ave. S.

Building Customer Satisfaction
Thursday, Aug. 22
9 – 10:30 a.m.

This workshop, which is intended for all employees, will provide participants with tips for dealing with the challenges of dealing with internal and external customers. The workshop will help participants learn how to define customer needs, understand what customer service means, learn techniques for dealing with difficult behavior, practice good listening skills and improve customer communications.

Managing Customer Expectations
Tuesday, Oct 1
9 – 11:30 a.m.

This workshop will help employees in decision-making positions better understand and manage their customers’ expectations. This class offers useful suggestions on how to enhance customer service practices above and beyond expectations — while maintaining positive relationships and appropriate boundaries. Workshop participants will review communication skills that enhance interactions with customers, learn how to develop service standards and learn how and why to avoid self-defeating behaviors.

Meeting the Challenge of the Difficult Customer
Tuesday, Nov. 19
9 – 10:30 a.m.

This workshop, which is intended for all employees, will focus on how an employee should respond to a customer who is unduly demanding, rude, abusive or potentially violent. This workshop offers tips on the communication skills employees need to defuse these tense situations. Participants will develop and practice techniques needed to deal effectively with difficult or angry customers, learn how to address customer feelings and practice a problem-solving approach to address customer complaints.

How to enroll

About the workshop presenters

These workshops are presented by training professionals from OptumHealth, an organization that works to improve people’s health and make the health system work better for its clients. The services offered by OptumHealth are part of the benefit package offered to City employees through Medica, the City’s health insurance provider. Workshops presentations may be followed by discussions facilitated by City Human Resources staff.

Published Aug. 7, 2013