I find Customer Satisfaction Surveys interesting. It gives us a sense of what is important to the firm and the type of information they are attempting on gathering gives us a clue as to what is important to the company.
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I was recently sent a survey from The Olive Garden, which is an Italian Restaurant franchise and has locations all over the United States. The customer satisfaction questionnaire had 20 questions and 5 of which had to do with Wait Time. If 25% of the questions on a customer satisfaction survey has to do with wait time, then I’m guessing that’s an important data point for the company.
The first question in the survey was:
- If you waited for dining room seating, approximately how long did you wait after arriving at the restaurant?
The next question is on wait time accuracy provided by lobby staff at the restaurant:
- How accurate was the wait time the lobby staff quoted you?
- Approximately how much longer than the quoted time did you wait to be seated?
Then, a series of questions on order accuracy:
- Did we prepare what you wanted, exactly as you wanted?
Followed by a series of questions on my activities before coming to the restaurant:
- Where were you immediately before coming to the Olive Garden?
- Where were you going immediately after leaving the Olive Garden?
This goes to show that a key driver in customer satisfaction is wait time and, in general, reducing wait time for customers is the right thing for the business.
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