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Service Excellence at the Ritz Carlton

Every business that serves people can benefit from regular and ongoing assessment of its service philosophy, policies, and practices.

The goal should be a total quality service system and few are more well considered than that of the Ritz Carlton Hotel organization. Following is a glimpse of how seriously that company takes guest service. Such service basics could be adapted to any organization, including golf clubs.

"At The Ritz-Carlton 'We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen.'

This motto exemplifies the anticipatory service provided.

20 service basics

  1. The Credo is the principal belief of our Company. It must be known, owned and energized by all.
  2. Our Motto is "We are Ladies and Gentlemen serving Ladies and Gentlemen." As service professionals, we treat our guests and each other with respect and dignity.
  3. The Three Steps of Service are the foundation of Ritz-Carlton hospitality. These steps must be used in every interaction to ensure satisfaction, retention and loyalty.
  4. The Employee Promise is the basis for our Ritz-Carlton work environment. It will be honored by all employees.
  5. All employees will successfully complete annual Training Certification for their position.
  6. Company objectives are communicated to all employees. It is everyone's responsibility to support them.
  7. To create pride and joy in the workplace, all employees have the right to be involved in the planning of the work that affects them.
  8. Each employee will continuously identify defects in the Hotel.
  9. It is the responsibility of each employee to create a work environment of teamwork and lateral service so that the needs of our guests and each other are met.
  10. Each employee is empowered. For example, when a guest has a problem or needs something special you should break away from your regular duties, address and resolve the issue.
  11. Uncompromising levels of cleanliness are the responsibility of every employee.
  12. To provide the finest personal service for our guests, each employee is responsible for identifying and recording individual guest preferences.
  13. Never lose a guest. Instant guest pacification is the responsibility of each employee. Whoever receives a complaint will own it, resolve it to the guest's satisfaction and record it.
  14. "Smile - we are on stage." Always maintain positive eye contact. Use the proper vocabulary with our guests. (Use words like - "Good Morning," "Certainly," "I'll be happy to," and "My pleasure.")
  15. Be an ambassador of your hotel in and outside of the work place. Always talk positively. Communicate any concerns to the appropriate person.
  16. Escort guests rather than pointing out directions to another area of the hotel.
  17. Use Ritz-Carlton telephone etiquette. Answer within three rings and with a "smile." Use the guest's name when possible. When necessary, ask the caller "May I place you on hold?" Do not screen calls. Eliminate call transfers whenever possible. Adhere to voice mail standards.
  18. Take pride in and care of your personal appearance. Everyone is responsible for conveying a professional image by adhering to Ritz-Carlton clothing and grooming standards.
  19. Think safety first. Each employee is responsible for creating a safe, secure and accident free environment for all guests and each other. Be aware of all fire and safety emergency procedures and report security risks immediately.
  20. Protecting the assets of a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is the responsibility of every employee. Conserve energy, properly maintain our hotels and protect the environment.

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