Business Voicemail Etiquette II: Returning Calls

In order to ensure customer satisfaction, it is not only important how a business records their outgoing voicemail greeting, but also how they respond to incoming messages. It has been reported that most individuals do not mind leaving voicemail messages, but they can often become frustrated and disheartened when a business does not return their call in a timely manner or ignores the voicemail altogether.

Therefore, as a rule of thumb, it has been advised that business professionals should return calls within 24 hours. If for any reason a prompt callback is not possible, for instance, if it is known that the call may be lengthy and the individual does not have time to talk until another day or so, they should still leave a brief voicemail message to acknowledge receipt of the call and advise when they anticipate being able to have the discussion. Additionally, voicemail messages should be checked at least once a day, if not more.

Business professionals are also encouraged to keep their voicemail organized. Delete any messages from the office phone that are no longer necessary after calls are returned, and write down any phone numbers that are needed at the time the message is listened to. If modern voicemail service is utilized, such as that supplied by Voicemail Office, in which voicemail and fax messages are received in a staff member’s email inbox, the individual should write a short explanation in the body of the email if forwarding any voicemail messages to other staff members.

Simply exercising good manners when it comes to the receipt of voicemail can go a long way for the success of a business. If a company’s voicemail message is “Your call is important to us,” they should live up to those words by treating each voicemail as a high priority.

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