Consumers & the sense of entitlement

If its a repeat or a second-time usage of a service by a consumer, the provider must beware. 'Cos the consumer comes in with a sense of entitlement, a default set of expectations. Meet it or better it, you have a satisfied consumer, else its a litany of complaints. Note that it doesn't matter whether the sense of entitlement is justified or not.

A similar scene plays out in my office many a times. Students walk in complaining about the grades they receive. The sense of entitlement they come with is, 'I deserve better grades'. Doesn't matter that the work turned in just doesn't meet standards that call for better grades. As Prof. Marshall Grossman at the University of Maryland states, “I tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, they will earn a C. That is the default grade. But they see the default grade as an A.”

The difference between students and consumers is limited to me not having to change grades if I think the work's shoddy, and you, the service provider having to capitulate to the expectations of consumers.

There are exceptions, of course.

Comments

Tiger said…
'Meet it or better it and you have a satisfied customer' is absolutely right sir. And the key is to keep on meeting and bettering it as expectations rise with each experience. About the marks I think the student and the professors have a completely different set of expectations. Many times the student thinks that the effort is the maximum possible from his end but the professor knows what the student can do. So before setting his own expectation the student must understand what he should do and then try to meet it. I think it needs a lot of neat commuication and passion to meet the expectation of the customer and have an open, receptive mind.

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