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Is it the obligation of businesses to find a way to give customers technical assistance that doesn't involve speaking with overseas IT operators?

Is it the obligation of businesses to find a way to give customers technical assistance that doesn't involve speaking with overseas IT operators?
  • I feel that customers have a right to communicate with support services that they can understand and feel comfortable with.

    Overseas customer support centers might save companies money, but this is at the cost of the customer. Consumers demand service that is clear and concise, which simply can't be provided from overseas due to communication barriers.

    Posted by: AfraidOrville69
  • Not only do Americans need jobs, but speaking to someone whose English skills are limited can hinder the help session.

    What happens when you seek support with your technology and you are speaking to someone who quite likely does not even have access to or use that technology? You don't get help. You get frustrated and you ask to speak to a supervisor. Three people later, you actually get someone whose English you can understand. Americans need jobs now, and it is a waste of time and money to employ people who can not deliver effective customer service.

    Posted by: UtterDon
  • The assistance should be local, due to the language barrier that exists with overseas support.

    When customers call for technical support, that support should be local. The biggest problems with technical assistance that is located overseas is that their is, at times, a language barrier and, sometimes, the overseas operator may not understand the customer's request, or the customer may not understand the operator's instructions. When people reach out for technical support, they're already most likely frustrated, and having to deal with such issues just upsets the customer further.

    Posted by: AverageHoward86
  • Business has an obligation to provide customers with technical assistance from native American English speakers, because they are doing business in America.

    Businesses have an obligation to provide customers with technical assistance from native American English speakers, if they do business in America. Local accents and idioms make communication very difficult. When it becomes necessary for a customer to contact customer service, the customer is already frustrated. The difficulty of communication only escalates the frustration.

    Posted by: jackprague94
  • Because of language problems sometimes encountered with foreign operators, I believe businesses should provide native English speakers from the United States to handle this service.

    I am definitely in favor of having native English speakers available as IT operators. I believe that businesses have an obligation to provide good technical service for their products and this includes being able to understand what the technician is telling you. I have gotten hold of some IT operators whose English was so bad that I could not communicate well enough to explain my problem and just had to hang up the phone and seek help elsewhere. In addition to the language problem, we have many people out of work right here in the United States who would like to have these jobs.

    Posted by: R0d0Ferdy
  • Yes, businesses shouldn't give customers technical assistance using overseas IT operators, because they should keep those jobs here in the U.S.

    With our high unemployment rate, we need to keep as many jobs here in the U.S. as we can, instead of hiring operators in India.

    Posted by: R4v4g3rPavI
  • No - a business has an obligation to make money.

    Businesses that outsource IT operators to other countries do so because of financial concerns. When regulations on domestic workers in the IT field drive companies to the point that they are losing money, they have two options: outsource to competent workers who will work for less, or go out of business.

    Posted by: deideigirl
  • Yes, if they need help, let them talk to someone they can understand.

    If employees of a company need help, their employer should have someone who can assist them here, in this country. Not only is it good business sense to have tech help here in the U.S., it is also easier for the person who needs help. Quite often, it is very difficult to understand foreign accents over a telephone, and when it's something confusing that makes it all the more frustrating.

    Posted by: PinkMych
  • I believe it IS the business owners to find ways for their employees to be more effective, which this entails.

    It is the business owner's responsibility to maximize their productivity. Employees are paid to do their job, and if there is something hindering that, the business managers should help to find ways to fix that. Overseas IT operators can present a language barrier, which can slow productivity.

    Posted by: bambiroo24
  • No it aint

    The only obligation a business has is to provide quality services and customer service. As long as the technical services provided are top quality and meet customer expectations, i dont see how the location of the IT operators become a debate. The debate should solely focus on quality provided assistance

  • No, because businesses have the right to operate in any way they see fit.

    If a business wishes to contract overseas agents, that is their choice. But,
    they should take into consideration how well those agents understand and
    speak English, as well as how well they are able to comprehend the general
    conversation. As much as I don't like all these jobs going overseas, it is
    really up to the company.

    Posted by: MarsBIue
  • Businesses should be free to locate their tech support, however is best for their business.

    Businesses respond to the marketplace. They choose to outsource customer support, because it is cheaper to do so. If customers dislike this practice, they should vote with their dollars and their complaints. If enough business is lost due to offshoring to make the practice economically unsound, companies will adjust their practices and move call centers to the U.S. They should not be obligated to do so, as this would artificially constrain the market and result in higher consumer prices, without necessarily improving service quality.

    Posted by: WolfieJarib
  • I feel that as long as businesses are able to find workers who can speak English fluently and are easy to understand, it is fine for a business to have overseas IT operators.

    Businesses usually send IT work oversees in order to save some money. I feel that this is fine to do as long as the business makes sure that the oversees worker could speak fluently and be easily understood. So it is important that they hire workers who can communicate properly. Unfortunately, sometimes some businesses only look at the bare minimum communication skills.

    Posted by: eyeslikethat
  • Most businesses shouldn't be required to provide domestic IT operators for basic questions. There are exceptions to this though.

    For most businesses it's not their responsibility to use domestic technical support personnel. With many services it's not necessary to provide any phone support whatsoever, so the fact that people are receiving technical support over the phone can be considered a bonus in some ways. If the employee needs more assistance than a overseas operator can provide or can't understand the technical operator then more assistance should be provided.

    Posted by: TlnAland
  • I don't think that jobs should be outsourced to other countries.

    I believe that jobs should be kept in our country. They don't need to be outsourced to China, or any other country. If we kept more jobs in our country instead of outsourcing them, this country would be in a better economic state than it currently is. There are plenty of people here who are more than willing to work that type of job, and plenty who need jobs.

    Posted by: SIyIng
  • No, it is the responsibility of companies to provide technically sound support regardless of location.

    It is also the responsibility of customers to hold businesses responsible for their level of IT support. If a company chooses to move IT support overseas, that is their right. They have no obligation other than what the customer requests. It is up to customers to send a clear signal to the business if they are unhappy with IT support.

    Posted by: SpoiledKris
  • The only obligation businesses have is to solve problems for the least amount of money possible.

    Businesses need to constantly strive to improve profits and grow, to better serve their employees and customers. If this includes outsourcing technical support and it is an adequate method of solving problems then this is an acceptable solution.

    Posted by: BurtyIiPsx

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