My interviewee is a supermarket attendant aged 60 years. The attendant is in charge of handling customer care related matters. The attendant is the only child of his parents. The parents brought him up when there was a lot of social, political strife in their country. The effect was the family migrating to a different country while he was only three years of age. The results of the conflict had narrowed down to their family where the dad and mum were not on speaking terms. The child, therefore, grew up without an immediate good role model. His behavior had to be shaped with the students he interacted with in school. Most of these students were of a different religion and race. Therefore it took him a lot of time to cope with a number of his traditions being eroded.
General issues that Julia faces with each employee
Julia is facing a myriad of challenges with each of her employee’s. One employee has a problem with understanding technology which we cannot rule out during this age of development. He is therefore prompted to ask the customer to leave the shop and come back when the technology savvy people are back. This is not good for the customer and the organization. As the customer feels that they are not getting the right attention, they may stop shopping at this specific shop. (Colbert et al. 2014). Dosing off when receiving training is not good for a learner. The attendant cannot be able to communicate over text messages and emails. These are means of communication which ensures that the speed of communication is fast enough. Technology though a need presents a dilemma to the organization when a technology savvy employee come in and all he can do is remain working with technology at the expense of customer service not realizing that both the hardware and the software of the organization are critical for its success. One of the employees though experienced is very rigid that he cannot forward the challenges that the customers are experiencing to the relevant person. .(Bonner et al. 2016)
The effect of generational issues on Julia’s management of the department
Though each employee seems has the skill to offer to the organization, it is not a holistic approach. The veterans though keen to details and hardworking are not able to communicate with the customers. If the customer needs products that deal with technology, they may not offer appropriate answers. They also lack courtesy, as they show that the issues to do with technology can only be handled by the baby boomers. They are not ready to work extra hours. When they leave the job and go home, no more office work. In fact, they have not made any efforts to acquire necessary technology which can increase their value to the organization. For the technology savvy employees, they have a bias towards the customers that they serve and are more inclined to help their fellow baby boomers. They are impatient with customers. Since the customer is king, they need to be heard. While calling is time efficient, the baby boomers opt for text messages as this what their generation has pushed them to. The above two employees will result in decreased sales.
For the middle age, they perform optimally when dealing with familiar products. This has a net effect of increasing sales. However, this may not be realized because when technology products are required, they may not give it the best.
Improvement of customer care within the department
Since the customer is king, their welfare should be looked into. This will include a variety of approaches: – conducting of customer satisfaction surveys. Out of this, the organization should embark on putting up the necessary infrastructure. The management should positively pick any points they get from their employees to improve customer service, encouraging peer learning, regular review of the organizational policies to enhance customer service, showing every employee that they matter to the organization towards the realization of a happy customer. (Bonner et al. 2016)
Generalizations by upper management about employees
Some employee’s inputs may be detrimental to the organization irrespective of whether one is a veteran or a baby boomer. However, not all contributions are bad. The management should weigh the points they receive from the employee against the returns from such actions. For example, if the building of accommodation will be the right thing to increase the number of tourists, so be it.
Exchanges in the retail shopping experience with employees of different generational cohorts.
The veterans are very patient within any organization. They feel that they have served their families and the society and since they are living in their latter days, they are the best to work with. The baby boomers are attracted by the remuneration and other packages, and if they are not present, they are ready to quit. This is common among the baby boomers. When students graduate from college and have acquired some skills on the job, they are prepared to go to the next where the packages are more appealing. (Demirtas et al. 2015)
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