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A Complete Guide to Recognizing Customer Service Representatives

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A Complete Guide to Recognizing Customer Service Representatives

Studies show that as many as 85% of customers stop doing business with an organization only because of poor customer service. Hence, recognizing customer service representatives is critical for any organization to keep them motivated and committed to delivering the highest levels of service and experience to customers.

What is the Role of Customer Service Representatives?

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Almost every kind of consumer-facing business has customer service representatives who interact with customers directly; answering their queries, resolving their issues, and taking their feedback; be it a bank, a telecommunications company, a utility, or an e-commerce company. 

The performance and behavior of the customer service representatives in an organization determine the customer experience to a great extent.

They interact with customers in person, on the phone, by email, or through live chat.

Customer service representatives are also referred to as call center agents.

What is a Typical Profile of a Customer Service Representative?

Though the actual profile and skillsets of the representatives might vary based on the nature of the business and the type of customers served; there are several common characteristics of this segment of employees:

Understanding the Profile of Customer Service Representatives 

It is important to understand the specific profile of the customer service representatives in an organization so that the recognition program can be tailored to meet their expectations and deliver the desired results.

How to Recognize Customer Support Representatives?

We have put together a generic policy framework for recognizing customer service representatives – you might need to customize it based on your organization’s specific context and needs:

Recognizing Customer Service Representatives

1. Create a Digital Recognition Program

Digital Recognition Program

Organizations should implement employee recognition software to digitize, automate, and manage recognition programs for their customer service representatives.

Not only does it reduce the administrative overhead of managing the program, but it gives a great end-user experience for the representatives.

The system can enable the recognition to happen in real-time through integration with CRM and other work systems.

It can also allow front-line managers and team leaders to recognize their team members and nominate them for various awards.

Read about Technology that drives Successful Employee Recognition Programs

2. Link it to Customer Experience

Customer Experience

More often than not, organizations use productivity as the primary measure of the performance of their customer service teams.

Organizations can recognize representatives based on customer satisfaction and interaction quality, through metrics such as Average Handling Time (AHT), Customer Waiting Time, etc.

High customer ratings or satisfaction scores should result in recognition. For example, a 5-star rating for customer interaction could trigger an instant award for the employee.

Organizations could achieve this through integration between the customer-facing system or CRM and the employee recognition platform.

They should empower their line managers to give instant recognition based on the quality of customer interaction.

Read about The Advent of Customer-driven Employee Rewards System

3. Make it Real-time and Frequent


Customer service is a fast-moving work environment; hence the recognition programs need to keep pace with it. 

Each interaction is like a ‘moment of truth’ for the organization.

They should recognize high-quality interactions immediately either through system integration or by supervisors.

Continuous recognition can help keep the customer service team supercharged and motivated to put in their efforts for every single customer interaction.

digital employee recognition platform can facilitate such a high velocity of recognition.

Read about Frequency of Employee Recognition Matters for Organizations

4. Recognize Star Performers


While recognizing each instance of good performance is important, it is equally important to recognize consistent performers and not just one-off performances.

Hence, top performers should receive special recognition for a particular period such as a week, month, quarter, or entire year. 

The quantum of such awards should be far higher than the one-off recognition so that it becomes aspirational for all employees to get to a high level of consistency.

5. Gamify the Experience


Being largely millennials, customer service representatives have grown up on a steady diet of mobile and computer-based games and are very familiar with game dynamics such as challenges, levels, points, and multiple players.

Hence, gamification with the points-based system, goals, challenges, contests, levels, badges, and avatars is one of the best ways to get them involved in the recognition program.

Employees should be able to earn points through good performance and also accumulate enough points to get to the next level or get the grand prize.

digital employee recognition platform can ensure that the entire ‘game’ is completely fair and transparent for all ‘players’. 

Nudges and reminders can help them gravitate towards their targets. 

Leaderboards of top scorers can add the element of competition and excitement.

Read about Gamification as a means of Enhancing Employee Engagement

6. Give Monetary Rewards

 Monetary Rewards

Since customer service representatives are low on earnings but high on aspirationlifestyle products, and services are ideal rewards for them.

These could be in the form of shopping vouchers, spa/ salon vouchers, dining vouchers, party passes, etc.

Organizations can give high-end gadgets, appliances, holiday vouchers, motorcycles, etc. for high-value awards.

Cash could also be an option when the value of the award is significant to their salaries.

Monetary awards would work best with this segment of the organization’s workforce.

7. Maximize Visibility


This segment of employees would prefer peer apperception and public visibility.

Hence, organizations should create high visibility around the program by announcing the awards in team huddles, floor meetings, shout-outs, and town halls.

Members of the senior management should be invited from time to time to drop in and announce the awards on the floor of the office.  

The names of the award winners should also be displayed on the office LED screens.

This should be supplemented online through official announcements on email, intranet, and collaboration platforms such as Teams, Workplace, and Slack.

Sharing the award winners’ names on social media such as the company’s LinkedIn and Facebook pages can also be considered depending on the company policies.


Recognizing customer service representatives should be high on every organization’s agenda as they form a critical part of the workforce that can make or break the customer experience, which in turn can play a key role in the growth and success of the business.

Sagar Chaudhuri

Lead author: Sagar Chaudhuri, the Co-Founder and CEO of HiFives. He is an HR Tech Evangelist with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world and entrepreneurship. In the past, Sagar has worked with companies such as Genpact, Infosys, and ICICI Bank, in leadership roles. He has an engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from IIM Lucknow. Connect on LinkedIn

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