DFCS Customer Service Initiative
To provide our customers and colleagues the best customer service possible!
To achieve this, DFCS will enhance the customer service element of our mission,
ensuring that our activities are completed in an accurate, timely, professional
and respectful manner.
Customer Service Expectations of
Accessibility – a live person is always better
Listen actively – ask questions and seek information before problem
Responsiveness – respond to customer or colleague requests quickly
Accountability – take responsibility for making mistakes--seek
solutions rather than blame.
Effective communications – communicate clearly and concisely
verbally and in writing.
Respect – treat each customer as you would
like to be treated.
Customer Service Standards (These
standards may not be applicable to examiners)
DFCS is to provide a “live” person to answer the (503) 378-4140
line from 8-5. All division staff have an option that transfers calls to the
front reception desk.
Employees are to return calls within 24-hours.
Employees are to update voice mail messages to reflect availability.
Employees are to use the sign in/out sheet.
Employees are to use the email vacation notification feature to notify customers
that they are out of the office and cannot reply, or provide alternative means
Employees are to keep their electronic calendars up-to-date.
E-mails are to be acknowledged within 24 hours of opening.
Employees are to use the telephone or in-person communication for difficult
subjects in which e-mail may not be appropriate.
Letters Minimum Standards:
Mail correspondence is to be answered within two weeks of receipt. Periodic
updates are to be provided to the customer if a response takes longer than
two calendar weeks.
Correspondence meets department writing and style standards.
Correspondence acknowledges the customer’s concerns and responds directly
to the issue.
Writing is clear and concise. Active voice is better than passive.
Writing is free of grammar and spelling errors.
If a statute or rule is cited, it is explained clearly and commensurate with
Specific Customer Service Expectations
Identify key customer service positions.
Ensure a customer service component is included in new employee interviews.
Ensure a customer service component is included in position descriptions.
Ensure a customer service component is included in performance evaluations.
Managers should evaluate employees on their efforts to meet department customer
How are we doing?
To ensure we are achieving our goal of providing excellent
customer service, I invite you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David C. Tatman