The PPMC helped the Workforce Development Board evaluate performance, needs, and opportunities.
Customer Service Is Public Service.
Greater Lincoln Workforce Development Board – American Job Center of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Workforce development program that helps job seekers and employers
Lancaster & Saunders Counties, Nebraska
The Workforce Development Board asked the PPMC to evaluate the AJC’s performance, needs, and opportunities. From 2019-2021, the PPMC innovatively evaluated:
- Program performance
- Public sentiment
- Customer satisfaction
- Stakeholder needs
- Industry best practices
Reveal threats and opportunities by combining quantitative assessment, qualitative feedback, and unique perspectives.
- As a government-funded workforce development center, typical measures of success include financials and simple performance metrics.
- The Lincoln Workforce Development Board knew that simply functioning was not maximizing potential.
- To improve and provide a greater quality of resource to the public, customer service must be at the forefront of planning and execution.
The PPMC combined research and evaluation methods to provide a solution-based analysis of AJC’s services.
Secret Shoppers are an innovative method of gathering feedback straight from the source. A diverse set of shoppers represent different personas and scenarios.
Each shopper walks through utilizing the resources or services of an organization - in this case, the AJC. Shoppers provided feedback about ease of access to resources, customer service, facility accomodations such as ADA compliance, and more.
Enhance customer service focus and training
Increase awareness of available services
Develop consistent intake and follow up processes
Look for opportunities to provide innovative services
Enhance partnerships with partner agencies and local businesses
Address location limitations
Implement a contract management process
Find creative ways to address NEworks usability concerns
- The AJC simplified and clarified services so any job seeker or employer could take full advantage - both in person and online
- Processes were improved - AJC can now better match prospective employees with employers and job seekers with resources
- New standards were established for customer service and training
- Multilingual services are now a feature of the AJC’s capabilities
Equipped with data and analysis from the PPMC, the AJC was able to relocate in-person services to a new $2.4 million facility dedicated to helping the people of Lancaster and Sunders counties receive assistance to navigate the job market.
“The original report,” cited Workforce Administrator Dylan Wren, “had a direct impact on the decisions made in the selected our new AJC location.”
The limitations created by the past space, cited by the PPMC in its assessment, were addressed in the new facility. Additional features include a mother’s room, quiet work areas, and clear service areas - all aimed at creating a more efficient system of service.
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