VISITOR RIGHTS POLICY:
Visitors to, and Members of The Manitoba Museum are key to the financial sustainability of the institution and provide public support crucial to its scientific and educational work.
The Board of Governors recognizes that achieving superior levels of customer service are a foundation for the continuous support of The Museum by its visitors. The Board therefore endorses the following guiding principles of service, to be known as visitors’ rights:
Visitors have the right to:
- receive timely service;
- be treated with courtesy and respect;
- ask questions when they do not understand the information that is available for them, or when they need more information, help them to decide how best to enjoy our exhibits, programs, and shows;
- receive service from knowledgeable, competent and cooperative Museum staff and volunteers; and
- have The Museum’s visiting rules consistently and fairly applied.
The Director of Marketing, Sales and Programs in conjunction with the Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring all staff and volunteers are aware of these guidelines. The Director or designate will also respond to any visitor complaint or question within five working days of receiving the complaint/question.
These visitor rights will be visibly displayed in public access areas to showcase the commitment of the Board of Governors, management, staff and volunteers to superior visitor service.
VISITOR COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE:
It is in the interest of all parties that complaints are dealt with promptly and resolved as quickly as possible. Review of complaints is fair, impartial and respectful to all parties. Complainants are advised of their options to escalate their complaint to a more senior staff person if they are dissatisfied with treatment or outcome. Complainants are provided clear and understandable reasons for decisions relating to complaints. Updates are provided to complainants during review processes. Complaints are used to assist in improving services, policies and procedures.
Types of Complaints
Definition: A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction about the service, actions, or lack of action by The Manitoba Museum (the Museum) as an organization or a staff member or volunteer acting on behalf of the Museum.
Examples include but are not limited to:
- perceived failure to do something agreed upon;
- failure to observe policy or procedures;
- error made by a staff member/volunteer; or
- unfair or discourteous actions/statements by staff member/volunteer.
Anyone personally affected can complain and their complaint will be reviewed in accordance with this procedure.
Complaint Receipt and Handling – A complaint may be received verbally (by phone or in person) or in writing (by mail, fax, email). The person who initially receives the complaint should acknowledge to the complainant that the complaint has been received and will be acted on either by him/herself or another employee. If a timeframe for action can be determined, that should be included in the acknowledgement. Basic contact information including name, phone number and email address should immediately be recorded.
If the person who received the complaint is not able to resolve it, s/he must transfer it to the Visitor Services Manager or Director of Marketing, Sales & Programs if Visitor Services Manager is not available to resolve it or transfer it to a staff member that is able to resolve it. If the complaint is transferred, the transferor must acknowledge to the transferee that he/she has received it and will act on it.
Resolving the Complaint
Every effort should be made to resolve complaints received in a timely fashion. When receiving a verbal complaint, staff should listen and seek to understand the complaint, and may attempt to resolve it immediately. Complaints received in writing should be acknowledged within 2 business days and staff should attempt to resolve the matter within 10 business days. Where a complaint cannot be easily resolved, it should be escalated to the relevant Director. If the Director cannot resolve the complaint, it will be escalated to the Executive Director & CEO (Executive Director). If the complaint is about the Executive Director, it will be handled by the Chair of Human Resources & Compensation Committee of the Board. Complainants should be kept informed of the status of their complaint. Every attempt should be made to resolve escalated complaints within an additional 10 business days so that all complaints are resolved within a month of having been received.
Documenting the Complaint – It is necessary to keep a record of any complaint that involves a dispute over money as well as any complaint that cannot be resolved immediately (on the same day it is received). Information about such complaints must be recorded on the complaints tracking worksheet. Information recorded on the worksheet includes a description of the complaint, who handled it, what was done to resolve the complaint, timeframe, and a description of the resolution.
A summary of the complaints received including number and type will be reported to the Museum’s Board of Governors annually.