Two NPDC teams with one goal: No.1 customer service

19 December 2019

For NPDC’s Jenny Steer and Joy Gyde, the 230,000 customers their teams help each year always come first.

The front counter and Contact Centre teams deal with more than 4,400 calls, emails and face-to-face enquiries every week, that’s 880 every day and an average of about 110 requests to NPDC every hour!

The requests can be about any part of the council, from reporting a pothole or a requesting a LIM to what’s on at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery or renewing a Puke Ariki library book, so they need an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things NPDC.

“If they have a question or something they need to sort out, we’re here to help,” says Jenny. “We get about 42,000 people coming in to see us at the Civic Centre each year and they are all at the forefront of our minds.”

Jenny recently celebrated 10 years at NPDC in a number of roles but says her position as the Customer Support Coordinator is perfect as it gives her the chance to work with people.

“I’ve always loved people and working with people. From a young age I was working in our family businesses behind the counter before and after school and I’ve always enjoyed meeting people. It was actually my husband, who is a building inspector, who was forever trying to encourage me to join and I’m glad he did as it’s a fantastic place to work.”

On a typical day at the Civic Centre, more than 160 customers come in to see Jenny and the team and many of them are regulars. “They know us by our first name and we’ve built a great rapport with them. While there are more ways to contact NPDC like going online, they’ll always be the need for that personal touch. It’s very rewarding as well to get the praise from satisfied customers.”

Customer service is also the top of the list for the Contact Centre team, says Coordinator Joy Gyde. Her team deals with about 13,200 calls every month to 06-759 6060 - that’s about 650 calls every day from Monday to Friday - and 2,200 emails to enquiries@npdc.govt.nz.

“We pride ourselves on the service we give to our customers via both phone and email.  We act as the first point of contact for all of NPDC’s facilities, so it’s really important that we deal with those enquiries in a positive and efficient way,” says Joy, who has been at NPDC for 20 years. 

Joy says she has seen big changes in technology and processes but the one constant is the outstanding team she has worked alongside who are dedicated to providing the best outcomes possible for our community.  “I’m really proud of the Contact Centre Team, it can be a really challenging role and they are often required to adapt quickly to unfolding events but they never hesitate. They will do whatever is necessary to ensure we are quickly getting help where it is needed for our residents.”  

While the two teams complement each other, they often deal with different issues. The Contact Centre has recently dealt with a high volume of calls from customers about the new landfill and food scraps bin service while the front counter team has been handing out free bin latches. 

“Both teams do a fantastic job, and helps us to help our residents,” says NPDC Chief Operating Officer Kelvin Wright. “That they are able to resolve nine out of 10 enquiries is down to their fantastic knowledge and brilliant people skills.”
Jenny Steer and Joy Gyde