Arlington, Va., December 11, 2018 –  In overwhelming numbers, federal employees (80 percent) say that no one leader is in charge of customer service at their agencies. The research also finds that for agencies with a single customer service lead, employees are much more likely to score their agency higher on critical customer service elements – as much as 25 to 30 percent higher.

The vast majority of federal employees report no one person is leading their agency’s customer service charge

Does your organization have a single leader that is responsible for customer service?

The 2018 Eagle Hill Consulting Federal Government Customer Service Survey

Details are contained in a new research series, Improving Customer Service in Federal Government: Start Here. The research was conducted by Eagle Hill Consulting in collaboration with Government Executive research intelligence division, Government Business Council (GBC). Download the research here.

The findings come as the pressure is on agencies to improve customer experience under the President’s Management Agenda and Office of Management and Budget guidance.

“Put a leader in charge of customer service,” says Melissa Jezior, Eagle Hill’s president and chief executive officer. “That is the main takeaway for government leaders from this research. Federal agencies can swiftly and substantially improve customer service when there is structured oversight, accountability and leadership. For example, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) reportedly is seeing progress with a chief customer experience officer in place. This has resulted in the agency taking a wholistic approach and implementing programs that consolidate disparate information to create data-centric and measurable approaches to customer service. The agency already is driving savings and strengthening its culture,” Jezior explained.

The research also finds that:

  • Only about half (56 percent) of federal employees say their leadership frequently includes the importance of customer service in their conversations with employees.
  • Some 77 percent of federal workers believe that communication between levels of government is a critical element in customer service strategy.
  • Measuring customer satisfaction also is a key element of the strategy according to 64 percent of federal staff.
While 3 out of 4 federal employees say communication is a critical element of a customer service strategy, only about 1 in 2 say their leadership frequently discusses customer service with them

Q: Which of the following do you see as critical elements of an effective customer service strategy? (Respondents selected all that apply)

Employees say communication between levels of government is a critical element of a customer service strategy. Yet, just over half of federal employees say that their agency leadership frequently discusses the importance of customer service.

Q: Does your agency have leadership that frequently discusses the importance of customer service?*

This is the third segment in a series of four reports Eagle Hill is releasing with data findings and insights on federal agency customer service challenges and opportunities. The first report found that organizational culture is more important than technology and budgets when it comes to improving customer service. The second report found that more than half of federal employees (56 percent) say their agency does not measure customer service effectiveness.

The most recent President’s Management Agenda and OMB Circular No. A-11, Section 208 are requiring agencies to substantially improve customer service. Agencies must make improving customer experience a priority and deliver modern, streamlined and responsive experiences from federal agencies. Download here Eagle Hill’s new Three Minute Guide for Federal Agencies to OMB Circular A-11 Section 280.

The 2018 Eagle Hill Consulting Federal Government Customer Service Survey was conducted online by GBC between June and July 2018. The online survey included 625 respondents from a random sample of respondents across the Federal Government including civilian and Department of Defense agencies. This research series provides a roadmap for government leaders to steer their agencies and offices in the right direction.

Learn about Eagle Hill’s Public Service practice here.

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