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2023 Customer Service Week Gifts for Employees

Your customer service team is one of the most essential parts of your organization. These employees have a direct line to customers and impact retention, loyalty, and satisfaction. Show these valuable professionals you care and recognize their hard work with Customer Service Week gifts. Customer Service Appreciation Week is every first whole week of October, but you can celebrate your customer service representatives all year long with unique, personalized, motivational gifts they'll cherish to boost call center productivity. Shop below now.

2023 Customer Service Week Gifts for Employees

About Customer Service Week

A strong consumer base is necessary for the success of any business, and the first full week in October is set aside annually to recognize the important role customer service representatives play. Started in the late 1980s and officially recognized by the United States Congress in 1992, Customer Service Week is a chance for businesses to reinforce the importance of satisfied consumers to employees.

This week-long celebration has also spread to emerging markets in other countries that have witnessed its success for American businesses. Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the U.K. have implemented their Customer Service Appreciation Week events to improve consumer and business relationships. Some industries that most benefit from loyal and satisfied customers include finance, insurance, manufacturing, retail, communications, and hospitality. Healthcare, nonprofits, and governmental agencies also benefit from a strong customer base.

Fun Facts on Customer Service Week

Fact: We spend up to 10 percent more for the same product with better service.

Fact: We tell anywhere from nine to 12 people when we get good service.

Fact: When we receive poor service, we tell up to 20 people.

Fact: Studies have shown that it takes a customer as few as 10 seconds to pick up on the attitude (bad or good) of the person they are speaking to!

Creating a Customer Service Culture

When people think of customer service, they think of the front-line workers who come in direct contact with the customer. But the truth is, everyone in your company impacts the customer experience: from the receptionist who greets visitors to the IT worker who maintains the systems to take orders to the marketing staff who communicates information about your products. Everyone touches the customer in some way. This is why you must develop a customer service culture from the top down.

Here are some simple steps you can take to create a customer-friendly organization:

Communicate to every company level the importance of customer service and the behaviors you seek regarding that service.

Recognize employees when they demonstrate positive service behaviors, formally with awards and informally with certificates, medallions, or hand-written notes of thanks.

Constantly give specific examples of good customer service.

Emphasize the concept of internal customer service, and treat your employees well! The quality of service they offer your customers directly relates to how the employees are treated.

Empower your employees to make decisions to satisfy customers.

Train all your employees on this customer service-based culture from the moment they are hired.

How to Celebrate Customer Service Appreciation Week

Take time out to recognize the front-line contributions of your customer service staff during Customer Service Week. By acknowledging their direct role in the company's success, you'll be arming them with a positive attitude reflected in every customer interaction.

In addition to focusing on the customer service department, this special week provides the perfect opportunity to promote an internal customer service culture that links every member of your organization to the customer.

Exceptional customer service starts on the inside

Though it's easy to forget and often not recognized by companies, customer service is every employee's job. Regardless of position or title, each employee serves someone else in the company with a service or product. The IT worker ensures flawless systems support; the finance manager generates the detailed report, and so on. It's the product manager working on new product lines that will be executed by the product developer, who creates the merchandise that the customer will purchase. When each "provider" in this service chain delivers quality service to their internal customers, the external customer is the ultimate winner.

This 360-degree approach to customer service has been transforming the workplace in recent years. With Customer Service Week every October, now is the perfect time to incorporate this customer-centric strategy into your organization's long-term plans.

Start building your internal customer culture with these easy-to-implement ideas:

Encourage spontaneous, year-round recognition. Pass out a service-themed lapel pin or medallion to each person in the company at the beginning of the year. Employees can use that item during the year to reward an employee who has provided them with exceptional service. The excitement this type of program generates is infectious and highly effective.

Celebrate service as a company. Instead of holding a traditional year-end customer service department award ceremony, invite the entire organization to an Excellence in Service awards celebration. In addition to presenting your external customer service awards, recognize one individual in every department for providing extraordinary internal customer service during the year.

Instill customer culture in new hires. Train new employees to think like service providers from their first job day. By providing them with a strong grounding in this initiative, you'll find new hires to be important agents for change throughout the organization.

Focusing on high-quality customer service throughout your organization year-round strengthens your entire team while improving customer satisfaction. Use the gift ideas above to motivate your employees to put customers first in every action they take at work. Find Customer Service Appreciation Week gifts here.

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Updated Sunday 10-01-2023
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from West Texas Eye of Lubbock, TX

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Great produce
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Very Nice but the Bags Smell
I was pleasantly surprised of the nice quality of the items, especially given the price of the set. The graphics on the bag, notebook and water bottle look great. Unfortunately, I took a star away due to the chemical smell of the bags. I tried airing the bags out for a few weeks to see if it helped with the smell and it did not.