Swift even on the road

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Mark Bernstein responds to my comments on responsiveness and jobs well done. Is there a potential for backfire? He writes

But there are costs, too. One worry is that, when I’m on the road (like I’ll be in the coming weeks) and the office is shorthanded, we’re bound to be slower than usual. Unavoidable, but bad.

Perhaps, but Mark’s earned the respect.

Here’s an example from the edu-front. Typically I try to have student work back a few days after it’s been turned in for evaluation. So, when the crunch comes and things are delayed, say, British Literature research papers, students get a little antsy and start to clamour. When good habits are the norm, we often take them for granted. When they aren’t the norm, we adhere to the standard. For example, one of the things that tickles me are 1) email bot responses from companies acknowledging receipt 2) then the week’s lag response afterward that doesn’t address the original query. This happens a lot from my service provider, McAfee, Dell, and others. This may be a question of global convenience. Dell must get many thousands of email a day (if people can find the email). Everyone wants their question addressed; and there may be serious issues. But they sell the computers along with Platonic tech support. I remember going through the huge Dell Truemobile meltdown a few years back when wireless base stations just quite working after Comcast took over @Home. What a mess with DHCP, and yonder works the replacement by “guess who.”

Anyway, here’s to jobs well done across the board.

Especially now with grades in the pipeline and no time to work on Stoning Field.


One response to “Swift even on the road”

  1. susan says:

    In this time of biggest business and lowest quality and service, I think there will be a turnaround back to the companies that provide the best and quickest customer service lines. After all, we are computerized and cableized because of our growing need for speed and time wasted hurts us the most. Remember when it was fine to wait in a grocery line for five minutes and you didn’t get antsy? We don’t even wait 20 seconds for a page to load on the internet, but move beyond the slowpokes. The other appeal, of course, is the humanness of service after dealing with voice messages and pushbutton phone menus.