What would happen if we gave each of our employees up to $2,000 to invest in a customer’s experience on any particular occasion … not an annual stipend … but for any given situation?
Most of us are aware of the extraordinary attention to service that is the hallmark of luxury hotels … but few of us probably understand the extraordinary cultural commitment to training and service that is the bedrock of the incomparable Ritz Carlton chain.
In an insightful interview with the Ritz Carlton CEO, Simon Cooper, many of these powerful programs are discussed.
The Ritz Carlton grants every staff member a stipend of up to $2,000 to satisfy any single guest … not per year but per occasion … without any approval or conditions. Imagine empowering our employees in that manner … and showing them our immense trust in their ability to make sound decisions while validating our unwavering commitment to our customers?
BTW, in the Ritz Carlton arrangement, there is no implication that there is a problem … just a desire to create an overwhelming customer experience. Another tactic that the Ritz Carlton uses may seem familiar to many as the “daily huddle”, a 15 minute daily exercise organized to get everyone in the company on the same page.
The Ritz Carlton calls their approach the “lineup”, used throughout the world in their 73 properties employing some 38,000 employees.
There are other valuable tips about hiring policy, turnover management and measuring success, which can be read or observed in the video interview.