Even while most businesses rely on relationships, in the food services sector, building strong ties with clients is crucial to success.
Here are some suggestions for handling client complaints:
1.Pay attention to the client. You might hear the story from a server or other employee. You ought to maintain an open mind. Prior to having a complete understanding of the problem, do not start formulating solutions or responses.
2. Once you know what happened, apologize. If it was not the fault of the restaurant, apologize anyway. Say, “I’m sorry your experience here didn’t meet your expectations.”
3. Sound professional. There is a fine line between a professional manner, and sounding condescending. Do not cross that line. Remain courteous even when the customer is not.
4. Lastly, it is perfectly okay to use industry-specific terms (jargon) during the conversation, if they are appropriate. If you use a term that the customer may not understand, explain it to her. But do not throw in jargon for the sake of appearances. Customers will know what you are doing, and you will be crossing that fine line again.
Conclusion:Excellent customer service cannot be overstated. First and foremost, it is the right thing to do. But beyond that, service that is handled well leads directly to repeat business and a strong customer base. Customers who have been treated well will tell all their friends about you and your business.