Whether you call it “remote work,” “working from home,” or “telecommuting,” there is not doubt that the use of physical office spaces will decrease in favor of these alternatives. According to Global Workplace Analytics, the number of remote workers since 2005 grew 140%, and just one year, 2017 to 2018, accounted for 22% of that growth. The president of Global Workplace Analytics, Kate Lister, estimates that by 2021, approximately 25%-30% of the workforce will being working from home multiple days of the week.
Communication is crucial to seamless and productive operations in any organization, but as businesses grow, maintaining strong communication can become increasingly difficult. According to a 2018 Gallagher study, 60% of companies do not have a long-term communication strategy, yet around 50% of those companies said that they wanted to prioritize improving leadership and communication. Organizations that seek to improve the effectiveness of communication can integrate mobile apps into their strategy to extend the reach of communication and as a result improve employee engagement.
Of the 2.7 billion smartphone users and additional 1.35 billion tablet users worldwide, people are spending 90% of their time on apps rather than web-browsers. By offering employees access to their property management software from a mobile app creates, companies are providing a platform that is more adaptable to both their job and lifestyle. Apps available on smart devices provide additional efficiencies to users and can also facilitate a new and improved standard of productivity.
Relationships are essential in business. An organization must create a team that is reliable, they must ally with partners that are supportive, and foster loyalty with customers. Creating these relationships with key players is essential to the success of property management company. You can’t manage properties with a customer, you can’t serve customers without a team, and you can’t build your service without partners. No matter how you look at it, there is no situation where it is not important to develop and strengthen relationships.
Here are 5 ways to create longevity in your business relationships.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is an essential element in the service industry. According to Gartner, the global CRM market was estimated to have grown to $48.2 million in 2018, the prominence of the CRM platform represents a shift in business emphasizing the focus on customer relations and customer-perceived value. CRM software is used to facilitate how companies interact with customers and prospects ensuring they follow that organization’s specific “principles, practices, and guidelines.” CRM is used to track interactions with customers, behavior, and trends to help businesses improve their customer service and customer appeal.
A strategic approach to successful customer service is an essential factor for success. According to Gartner approximately two-thirds of companies compete primarily on the basis of customer service. Walker studies suggests that, as of 2020 customers will regard customer service as the most important differentiator when choosing which company in which they will do business. Omnichannel strategies can help businesses meet rising customer service expectations, research from Google found that 98% of Americans switch between devices in just one day, an omnichannel approach tailors customer service conveniently to that device and internet centric lifestyle.
Offering an online knowledge base is a helpful in creating a complete and effective customer service strategy. 89% of customers expect companies to offer a self-service support portal, and Forrester research determined that the most frequently used self-service platforms are knowledge bases. A strong and comprehensive online knowledge base can come in many forms: a website, FAQ, manual – even social media, or it can be a combination of multiple platforms.
The term “customer support” is often used interchangeably with “customer service,” but customer support is actually a distinct branch of customer service. How a company manages support, from team members to technology, contributes to how an organization’s overall customer service is perceived, which can impact leads and client retention.
Innovation is happening all around us at an exponential rate. One the trendiest technologies right now is Artificial Intelligence. AI has been an element of science fiction for many years, but it has now become a reality. Artificial Intelligence (AI) commonly comes across as a scary force but in reality, it’s a tool that has a place in businesses and everyday life. As technology gets more complicated it can become difficult to understand the practicality of some developments. Harnessing the potential of AI can be incredibly beneficial to property management companies as well.
An AGM (annual general meeting) is a mandatory meeting held between a condo corporation and its owners/shareholders. According to the condominium act, at least 25% of owners need to attend their AGM, either physically or by proxy, to reach quorum. If quorum isn’t reached, AGMs are delayed until enough people can attend.