When we provide customer service training for hospitals, we often suggest techniques to use in difficult situations with patients and family members, physicians and co-workers. Sometimes, we suggest certain phrases to use which tend to work well, but some of the training attendees don’t feel comfortable at first with the wording because it feels scripted.
So we work during the session so they’ll feel like it’s not a script; we work to get buy-in. When attempting to get buy-in from front-line staff on any initiative, use this acronym that we coined:
· B – Believe. You have to get them to believe the concept will work.
· U – Understand. People trust and are more accepting of change when they can understand how it works.
· Y – Yes! You have to get them to commit to it – “ask for the business” from your staff.
· I – Invest. If they participate in the development of a plan, investing their time, they’re more likely to buy-in to the result.
· N – Needs. People must understand the need or goal or issues it will address.
Create “B-U-Y I-N” for your customer service principles, programs, and changes.
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