Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Age of Experience issue of Workflow Quarterly.
Brands ignore experience design at their peril. Nearly half of consumers would switch brands after a single negative interaction, according to a recent customer experience survey by Qualtrics and ServiceNow, the publisher of Workflow Quarterly. Four out of 5 say they’ve switched brands in the past due to a poor experience.
Employees are equally sensitive to bad experiences. During the pandemic, 3 out of 5 customer service agents reported customers were getting ruder and more aggressive. The result: One in 5 thought about quitting their job every single week, according to Qualtrics research. That’s not sustainable for anyone or any business.
“Those results are highly correlated,” says Bruce Temkin, head of the XM Institute at Qualtrics, an enterprise software company that specializes in experience management. “Engaged employees create great experiences for customers, while happier customers tend to produce prouder and more engaged employees.”