Human interaction is still key to getting customer service right, according to recent research into the use of self-service machines in the UK
A vast majority of UK consumers (93%) have felt frustrated when using self-service machines, according to research performed by Yougov on behalf of cash management company Glory Global Solutions.
Younger people aged 18-24 seem to be most comfortable with self-service technology, with almost half of those respondents saying they rarely or never feel frustrated by it.
Open to self-service
However, despite these frustrations, most people are open to the idea of using self-service machines when they are available in a supermarket, post office or bank.
Women are significantly more likely to opt for self-service than men, with 82% of women using machines when available compared to 77% of men. Over 55s are much less likely to use self-service machines than younger adults, with a third of those repsondents saying they never use them, compared to less than 1 in 10 of those aged 18-24.
When asked about the reasons against using self-service technology, human interaction was pinpointed as a crucial element of customer service. The most commonly cited reason for not using self-service, chosen by 37% of respondents, was that people prefer speaking to a staff member to complete a transaction.
This is particularly true of banking, where 31% of self-service users say they never use the technology in-branch. Almost a third, (30%) of people say having a staff member on hand would make them more inclined to use self-service for more complex transactions in their bank
Secondary to these concerns, the next most common reason to avoid self-service is because lack of speed, as chosen by a quarter of respondents. Just 17% said they were worried it won’t work.