GENERATIONAL SERVICE EXPECTATIONS By: Lisa Smidt Today’s Agenda: Understanding the Generations Reviewing Service Expectations Discussion: Where do we go from here? The 4 Generations Traditionalist 1901-1945 Baby Boomers 1946-1964 Generation X 1965-1977 Generation Y 1978-2000 Did you know… …that the generation with the most buying power is being served predominately by Generation Y? Did you know… …that generational research varies greatly by region, culture, and social economic status, making most data very generalized. Did you know… …the next two emerging generations are referred to as Gen Z and the AO Generation Traditionalist 1901-1945 • Either served in WWII or were growing up while the world was at war • Hard workers • Respect for authority • Believe in duty before fun • Kept work and family separate • Believed in paying in cash Baby Boomers 1946-1964 • Most were children of the traditionalists • Believed in buying now and paying later • First Credit Card introduced • Suburban living developed • Workaholics Generation X 1965-1977 • Were children of the traditionalists or boomers • Were latch key kids • Want work/life balance • They are savers • Believe in asking why Generation Y 1978-2000 • Were also children of the boomers • Multitasking is essential • Starting using technology from childhood • Want a work/life balance • Typically closer to their parents than previous generations What do we expect? Commonalities… • All of the following were checked by all of the generations: They expect friendly and courteous service They expect people to excuse themselves if they need to step away They are bothered when they are ignored Comparison Data: • Generation Y expected the least from their customer service checking a total 9 boxes • Generation X expected the most from their customer service checking a total 14 boxes • Boomers were the only group that did not expect to be thanked for their business • Traditionalists were the only ones that expected eye contact when they entered Where do we go from here? • What are some benefits of discovering the expectations of different generations? • What other expectation related questions could be asked to gain additional relevant information? • Do you think there are differences between service expectations amongst the generations? Customer Service Skills When dealing with individuals from other generations here are some things to keep in mind: Customer Service Skills • Always be friendly and courteous • Remember that how you expect to be treated may not be the same as someone else • Error on the side of caution and lean towards being more conservative • If they are your age or older use last names until told otherwise • Have patience Awareness… …will bridge the customer service Gap! Traditionalist Baby Boomers Generation X Generation Y Thank you!