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2 10, 2019

When to Pass on Complaints to Your Supervisor

By |2019-05-15T13:11:48-07:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When should you pass a complaining customer on to your supervisor? Only on those rare occasions that you can't deal with it yourself. Since customer service people, such as ourselves, are the first line of defence, we should handle as many of the everyday concerns as we can. We are the ones with the constant weekly [...]

16 09, 2019

Back to Basics

By |2019-05-08T10:01:14-07:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

After a day when everything seems to be going wrong, you may find it difficult to believe, but most customer complaints can be resolved. If you're going through a phase in which you can't seem to handle complaints in a satisfactory way, you may be skipping one or two fundamental steps in the problem-solving process. Take [...]

12 06, 2019

Color Corner

By |2019-03-19T09:37:57-07:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Knowledge|0 Comments

Monet - Water Lillies Color Certain colors are regarded as "hot". Bright reds, oranges, yellow, and gold fall into this category. These are exciting colors, which tend to catch the eye and have an enlivening effect. When used in combinations of these colors, the statement can be exciting — but if overused or poorly [...]

10 06, 2019

On Management: All About Criticism

By |2019-03-18T15:25:54-07:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service|0 Comments

Our installation crew disappoints us. Our supervisor is late to work and fails to have the paperwork ready when she arrives. One of our team members is blocking us in so we can't leave on our route. Occasions to criticize others arise many times during the course of a workday, yet few people know how to [...]

7 06, 2019

5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Plants

By |2019-05-06T12:44:54-07:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Budget & Revenue, Customer Service, Plant Knowledge|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Signs it's Time to Replace Plants Maybe it's time for new plants? Many of us choose plantscaping because we love plants. When a plant suddenly dies in our care we grieve the loss, for in some unique way we have lost a friend. Perhaps harder yet for us is when a plant has [...]

3 06, 2019

Flexibility, the Key to Great Customer Service

By |2019-03-18T15:25:13-07:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Knowledge|0 Comments

If you want fewer customers, just be as inflexible as possible. Being inflexible means saying "no" as often as possible to customers. It means being surprised by anything that differs from the norm: an unusual request or question from a customer, an angry caller or the accent of a non-English speaking customer. It's the "We've always [...]

20 05, 2019

The Silent Language

By |2019-03-12T15:35:43-07:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Good customer service communications flow smoothly and effortlessly. We get a call, or our contact approaches us with a problem or a complaint and we let them know what we will do to correct things and deal with the situation. Simple. Yet sometimes you can tell things have gotten off on the wrong foot and gone [...]

13 05, 2019

Are You an Active Listener?

By |2019-03-05T15:22:44-07:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

When you are having a conversation with your supervisor, client or fellow technician, do you pay attention with your entire body and mind? Or do you find yourself just catching key phrases and editing what they say through your internal filters? Active listening uses a variety of our senses, including sight and sound, in order to pay [...]

15 04, 2019

Find New Energy

By |2019-02-20T16:01:52-07:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Knowledge, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Boost your energy levels by keeping your eyes open to new opportunities, seeking new servicing and plantscaping tips, and maintaining high levels of curiosity about your industry. How does one go about doing this you ask? The following suggestions can help you expand your plant knowledge and improve your quality of service, leading to new energy. [...]

22 03, 2019

Reducing Replacements

By |2019-03-12T17:18:49-07:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Customer Service, Plant Technician Skills|0 Comments

Most interiorscape companies replace plants as part of the on-going guarantee to their customers. The goal of this policy is to replace declining plants before the client notices there is a problem. So how do we know when it is time to replace and not just go overboard, replacing every plant at the slightest sign of [...]