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a)??ohn mentions the importance of linking staff with a mentor. (a)?Explain the difference between coaching and mentoring.(b)?Choose and justify an appropriate coaching or mentoring process that could be used by one of the organisations to help ensure that staff effectively meet customer needs.It is for Business Administration (Diploma) course at TAFE. This is the case study that needs to be used when answering that question: What you have to doEach day we make observations about the level, nature, and quality of the customer service provided to us by various organisations. In this assessment you are to reflect on how you will plan to meet both internal and external customer requirements.For this assessment you will analyse the case study provided and then answer the nine (9) questions.?nsure you indicate the question number in each case followed by your response to that question.The suggested word count (where shown) after each question is an indication only.?ou should try to provide specific answers to each question in a short succinct manner ensuring you communicate all relevant information.In preparing your answers to the following Tasks, please use the Task number and part as your heading. e.g.: Task 1 (a), Task 1(b), etc.?ase StudyServicing customers’ needsJessica, Amira and John are friends who all work at the same industrial estate. Jessica works for a pharmaceutical supplier that makes alternative medicines. Her job involves being part of a team that provides customer services. John works at the same company, where he is a supervisor in the dispatch area. Amira works in a gymnasium where she provides customer services, by advising clients on appropriate trainers and suitable exercise classes. Amira also develops rosters for other trainers.The three friends have one other thing in common?they are all doing the same management course at TAFE. They are working on a team assignment together and were talking about their latest group assignment.Jessica explained that her team leader (at work) helped the team members, but upper management kept their distance from the front line staff, and didn’t talk or associate with them. Information from the Accounts Department was often incomplete or out of date:I am not sure that my managers believe that the people working inside our organisation are an important part of servicing customer needs. When clients call us, we mostly keep to the script for legal reasons. However, we could have better communication between staff members.She gave an example of how the company had been embarrassed when incorrect information was sent to a supplier. A batch of finished products was rejected because some of the inputs were not of the usual quality.Amira told a different story for her workplace where the instructors are keen to supply information on their availability and updates on fitness information to be published in the gym newsletter:In the gym there is a close relationship between staff.John felt that relationships between staff members and with customers are important:Each organisation also needs to realise that not all customers are the same. There will be customers with different needs from other clients.Amira agreed with John, illustrating his point by giving examples from the gym of different groups such as an older ladies’ group who preferred a particular class instructor:We plan these classes in advance so the customers get what they want.Jessica responded by talking about the needs of different customer groups in her company:I think our company acknowledges that different customer groups need different resources. Pharmacies who buy their products for resale want pharmacology-trained representatives to?nswer technical questions. Health store customers want to know more about the sales points of the supplements. They need sales people who can give them the right advice.John added that his customers want continuity of contact with particular company staff:We also have our products under different brands. Each of the companies that re-brands our products want different logos and information on the packaging. They want to deal exclusively with the same people each time they contact our business.Amira offered a further observation: I notice from our course that there is a relationship between the quality of the service delivered, the time it takes to deliver the service, and the cost of delivering the service. The three are inextricably linked.During the rest of the evening they discussed the importance of any organisation, whether a business or a charity, being able to determine the level of service it can profitably provide. This would include decisions on the quality of products or services provided, cost structures and the time frames in which products and services can be delivered to the customer.?ustomer service standards and benchmarksAt their next meeting, the opening topic of conversation was customer service standards.Amira: We have standards in the gym. Each standard nominates an activity, the outcome to be achieved at the end of the activity, and the actions that need to?e taken to ensure the standard is met. We keep a detailed record on each customer. If a customer comes into the gym to reduce weight, this would appear in the activity column. The goal of the weight loss specified in relation to time is listed in the next column. The various actions that need to be carried out such as key diet tips and exercises are described in the final column of the record kept on each customer.John: OK, but any standard needs to be checked against the best available practice; they need to be benchmarked. In the pharmaceutical industry there are industry standards as well as international standards with which an organisation should comply. To meet organisation standards we must monitor our performance. It needs to be logged on a day-to-day basis. That includes informal comments by customers whether negative or positive. We should have a logging process to monitor everything we do; comparing responses from customers to our service against the standard we have set for that activity.John also suggested that for each organisation to meet its customer service standards, it should have a process for giving staff proper training:We should consider the importance of copying good behaviours in the workplace. We could link staff members with a trusted mentor?omeone who knows the job?ho would advise on what they are doing; or who would give specific instructions on meeting required standards of performance.?evel and quality of customer serviceAt their third meeting, the three friends discussed the importance to an organisation of having the appropriate systems to support the level and quality of customer service it provides.Jessica: Customers should be the central reason that an organisation exists but the organisation needs to have the systems in place to ensure that the best possible service is given. Organisations are systems in themselves. They have inputs and processes for changing those inputs into outputs. The system may not be up to giving the level of service promised. The?evel of service to be provided needs to be matched to the capacity of the organisation. Over promising without sufficient resources to job may mean losing customers. It’s better to be honest with our customers about resource limitations and that our systems are linked to the resources we have. Organisation systems should also accommodate informal relationships being developed by people across an organisation, allowing you to go to the right person who will help you to better service a customer.John: We need to deliberately seek feedback from our customers and other people who are interested in our organisation such as the local community who are also our stakeholders. There are people and other organisations such as the local council that impact on whether our organisation survives. We need to find out what our stakeholders expect of the organisation. We can use surveys or other tools to find out what they expect from us.John recalled an occasion where a customer provided feedback about their specific needs in relation to an appointment. The customer asked to be contacted to change the time of the delivery but no one followed up.The customer was distressed that they needed to cancel another appointment to ensure they were available to take delivery at the original appointed time.The three agreed on the importance of following up on the ideas of customers and other stakeholders. If their ideas are ignored then they may be less committed to the organisation. They also discussed the importance of reviewing indirect sources of information in relation to the changing needs of our customers, including journals and publications that give us information on how customer needs may be changing.Jessica recapped: We discussed monitoring of performance against standards previously but I suspect there are many other sources of information to consider in respect to knowing the current situation and needs of our customers.They listed accounting records (reflecting the payment record of customers), repair records and sales records as being sources that may provide information on the needs of their customers.BusinessBSB 50415

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