The Future of Customer Service: Embracing GenAI and the Symmetry of Attentions

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In today's fast-paced and competitive business landscape, customer service is no longer just about resolving complaints, it has evolved into a vital component for fostering customer loyalty and driving business growth. As businesses strive to amplify customer satisfaction and retention, they must adapt to an ever-changing market, demanding a shift in their customer service strategies for tomorrow. Embracing the principle of Symmetry of Attention, a holistic approach that emphasizes both employee and customer experiences, stands as the cornerstone for exceptional customer service in the upcoming era. 

To what extent can we align the perspectives of employees and customers? When catering to customers, the focus extends beyond mere marketing to encompass the personalization of products, services, and consumption methods, including tools, means, and the purchasing process. This involves more than just adapting to market trends; it requires aligning our business evolution with the changing morals, customs, and societal shifts. 

Understanding the Dynamics: Symmetry of Attentions   

The core principle of Symmetry of Attentions lies in recognizing employees as crucial components in delivering unparalleled customer experiences. By viewing employees as internal customers and understanding their needs, businesses can foster a culture of motivation and commitment, resulting in enhanced customer interactions. This principle highlights the significance of actively listening to employees, nurturing their development, and acknowledging their contributions, creating a harmonious environment that benefits both employees and customers alike. 

Real-World Implementation: The Canal+ Success Story

The primary goal for the Group was to recruit clients. Beyond financial metrics like EBIT and cash, media representation emphasized a company's value through year-end customer growth. In simpler terms, the more a customer engages with services like Canal+, the more loyal they become, extending their tenure up to an average of seven years.  

The finance department highlighted that acquiring a new customer cost approximately five times more than retaining an existing one. Hence, optimizing every euro invested in customer acquisition became imperative.  

Suggested Approach by the Director of Customer Relations:  

The Director of Customer Relations proposed a "Cross and Up-Selling" initiative within the internal Customer Relations Centers. This initiative was grounded in the principle of the Symmetry of Attentions. The operation aimed to offer all Canal+ customers an opportunity to explore the Canal SAT bouquet at an attractive price. Similarly, Canal SAT customers lacking the 5 Canal+ channels were offered the reciprocal deal.  

One implementation of the Symmetry of Attentions involved providing each Customer Advisor, during an inbound call and sale of a product the customer did not yet have, a significant financial contribution to the completed sale. For instance, each sale of 19.99 euros by a Customer Advisor was remunerated with 5 euros, constituting 25% of the sale's proceeds.  

However, these sales were strictly regulated by two safeguards:  

  1. Limited to a maximum of 40 sales per month to prevent undue pressure on customers. 
  2. The remuneration for these sales occurred the following month, allowing for the legal customer withdrawal period to ensure the sale's permanence from our end.


  • 92% of the advisors experienced a net increase of 200 euros per month, translating to a 10% raise on a gross salary of 2,000 euros net. Additionally, all advisors expressed satisfaction with the acknowledgment of their skills and the appreciation of their profession.  
  • The initiative resulted in an extra 100,000 sales per year (100,000 x 15 euros), generating an additional revenue of 1.5 million, with no additional costs incurred.  
  • The CRCs emerged as Canal+'s leading commercial brand, surpassing Boulanger and Darty for three consecutive years. 


Promoting Symmetry of Attention 



  • Guide your team by becoming a model manager and embracing the theory of reciprocity: People tend to mirror the behaviour they observe, so a respected and attentive employee is more likely to extend the same courtesy to customers. Managers play a pivotal role in service transformation, setting standards and fostering a positive work environment. Achieving symmetry of attention involves exemplary management and a potential cultural overhaul. To support managers, provide training, evaluations, and surveys to help them navigate this transformative process. 

  • Enhancing Quality of Work Life: Satisfaction hinges on various commitment factors that collectively improve the quality of life at work. Beyond relationships with hierarchy and colleagues, providing the right work tools, professional development opportunities, job security, and engaging tasks contributes to employee motivation. Prioritize goodwill, listening, and communication, treating employees as integral contributors to the company’s strategy. Grant them autonomy and responsibility to empower and instil confidence.
  • Integrating Artificial Intelligence in Customer Service: In our digital era, combining human and artificial intelligence is essential to support employees and enhance service quality. Incorporate predictive analysis, personalized suggestions, handling non-value-added requests, and streamlined training using modern technologies. Consider implementing chatbots or agent assists in customer service for initial customer interactions. Customizable and programmable, these bots understand both written and spoken queries, providing information directly to customers. The result is 24/7 availability with minimal waiting time, allowing the teams to focus on value-added tasks and saving precious time. 

Having happy employees will assist your company in the following ways:  

  • Attracting and retaining top talent in a competitive job market 
  • Increasing productivity and driving business growth, as well as promoting social responsibility 
  • Promoting the well-being of employees 

Not only this, but Research also shows that when employees feel valued and supported, they are more inclined to provide exceptional customer service, leading to increased customer loyalty and satisfaction.  


Role of Generative AI as a copilot for your workforce   

As businesses gear up to tackle the challenges of the future, understanding the common dissatisfactions and emotions experienced by customers during service interactions becomes paramount. In their future of CX report, PwC found that 1 in 3 customers will leave a brand they love after just one bad experience, while 92% would completely abandon a company after two or three negative interactions. 

According to Accenture, 47% of customers feel less valued when they face difficulty reaching or talking to unsupportive customer service agents

Addressing issues such as service dissatisfaction must be a top priority for businesses. By prioritizing the key expectations of customers - speed, efficiency, and empathy - businesses can tailor their customer service approach to deliver exceptional experiences and build lasting relationships with their clientele. A survey conducted by the International Customer Management Institute revealed that 92% of clients believe the enthusiasm of agents significantly influences their overall experience.  

To prioritise these expectations, companies need to support their employees to the maximum. The secret sauce for an extraordinary experience is a combination of automation and human care.  It is necessary to ensure that employees feel supported and valued in the workplace. 

According to a recent Gartner poll, 70% of organizations are currently in Exploration Mode with Generative AI. In this era of advanced technology and automation, the key to successful customer service lies in striking the perfect balance between digital convenience and human warmth. While leveraging digital tools for streamlined processes and personalized experiences, businesses must not overlook the importance of genuine human interactions that foster trust and authenticity. Prioritizing the emotional aspect of customer service ensures that businesses cater to the holistic needs of their clientele, leading to enhanced customer satisfaction and long-term loyalty. Bain & Company analysis shows that companies that excel in the customer experience grow revenues 4%– 8% above their market. 


Case Studies on Generative AI Implementation 


According to Harvard business review, humans and AI are collaborating in 1,500 corporations worldwide by complementing each other’s strengths.  

This approach has been taken by-  

  • JetBlue- The American airline has integrated a comprehensive generative AI-enabled solution. This initiative aims to automate and enhance its chat channel, thereby empowering the contact center to deliver superior customer service. Consequently, the contact center has achieved an average time savings of 280 seconds per chat, translating to a remarkable 73,000 hours of agent time saved in a single quarter. This efficiency gain allows agents more time to address customers with intricate issues. 

  • Bouygues Telecom- Despite engaging in 8 million customer-agent conversations, the teleco company's agents were only able to capture a fraction of the valuable information within customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Furthermore, due to time constraints, they couldn't thoroughly review automatic transcriptions from past calls. Leveraging Generative AI, they implemented automatic call summarization and topic extraction, enabling the swift integration of actionable insights into the CRM. This led to a remarkable 30% reduction in both pre- and post-call operations, with anticipated annual savings exceeding $5 million through operational improvements. 




The recent rapid advances in generative AI are already transforming the ways in which companies manage their critical customer service functions.  As businesses prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, it is imperative to recognize the pivotal role of the Symmetry of Attention and Generative AI in shaping a successful customer service strategy. By fostering a culture that values both employees and customers, businesses can build a sustainable framework that not only drives growth but also establishes a robust foundation for long-term success in an ever-evolving market. Embracing the principles of Symmetry of Attention is not just a choice but a necessity for businesses seeking to thrive in the dynamic landscape of customer service in the future. 

In the race to win customer loyalty and satisfaction, it's clear that the Symmetry of Attention serves as the guiding principle that ensures businesses stay ahead and deliver exceptional experiences that resonate with their clientele. As the customer service landscape continues to evolve, embracing this philosophy will undoubtedly be the cornerstone for building lasting customer relationships and fostering business success in the years to come.  

Agreeably, content employees translate to satisfied customers. It's crucial to proactively address any challenges that may arise.


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