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A banker goes a-banking, quantity 7: why cannot we be pals? – FinTech Futures


Oh HSBC… why can’t we simply be pals?

A couple of weeks in the past, I received a name from my “new relationship supervisor” for my HSBC expat account.

That was reasonably thrilling for me as I didn’t know I had an previous relationship supervisor (if he/she existed they by no means referred to as and I guess you my new one needs he’d executed the identical…).

Additionally, I most positively haven’t come up on the planet as I’ve a small financial savings account with the financial institution that hasn’t seen motion in a number of years.

Regardless of. He’s right here. He’s new. He referred to as.

I missed the decision although and I emailed again suggesting we schedule a name as I are inclined to spend my hours on calls, in conferences, working to deadlines that chequerboard my day in a means meaning I by no means take an unscheduled name except it’s from my mom and that’s solely as a result of she by no means calls except the world is on fireplace.

However I digress.

Ask me how lengthy it took for the person to really schedule a name reasonably than attempt his luck?

Weeks. Sure, weeks.

However the scheduled time got here. He referred to as. We spoke.

I gave my views on the service I had acquired to-date (poor) and the use I used to be making of the expat providers (restricted). I defined I used to be now not an expat so… you realize…

After which the enjoyable started.

“Are you contemplating leaving once more?” he requested.

“Not in the meanwhile,” I replied.

“Was Doha your first time overseas?” he requested.

“Technically, the UK is overseas,” I joked.

“Oh,” he stated.

Oh? You will have my passport on file.

“I’m positive we do,” he stated.

Now. I’m 99% positive this was shoddy shopper administration reasonably than phishing. However. It’s not good both means.

“That’s how we at all times do issues. I don’t perceive why this can be a drawback now.” And that precisely is the issue.


After which it received higher.

“I might want to ask you some safety questions,” he stated.

“No, I don’t suppose so,” I stated.

“That is how we do it,” he stated.

Oh I’m positive it’s. However. As each shopper safety directive out of the FCA will let you know, a buyer shouldn’t disclose safety data if the service supplier has phoned them and haven’t any means of figuring out the true id of the caller.

As you appear to not have entry to my passport, you’re both not who you say you’re… or unprepared for this name. Both means, you must have verified who I’m by now, as a result of I’ve talked about what accounts I’ve with you and after I joined, in our dialog.

“That is how we do issues,” he stated. He was not loving his job at that second.

However I used to be solely getting began. As a result of that’s after I received irritated.

This being what, I ask… ignoring FCA directives, coming to calls unprepared or each?

“I don’t know in regards to the FCA directives,” says my relationship supervisor. “That is how WE do issues.”

How a lot is unsuitable with this one assertion?

How a lot of that is banal and infuriating in equal measure?

After which he makes it higher.

“We’re HSBC, we wouldn’t try this sort of factor.”

It’s rude to level out somebody has spinach caught to their enamel throughout dinner however you do know you’ve been everywhere in the information just lately proper?

“Sure, nevertheless it wasn’t me.” All the time a mature response, I discover.

So I believed I’d make it simpler for him.

I stated, look Bob (it was not Bob, however I’ll spare him the publicity on this one). Proper now, your job is to not lecture me in your inside processes (which he tried to do) or get on with the duty at hand (which he additionally tried to do) however to present me consolation.

“And why would there be discomfort?”

Why certainly.

Since you didn’t appear to have fundamental know your buyer (KYC) information or determined you didn’t want to arrange and since you are dismissive of privateness and safety issues and issues raised by your shopper, to not point out your regulator, and if nothing else that is horrible shopper administration so I would like somebody in your chain of command to present me consolation that my property (similar to they’re) and my information is securely held regardless of your efficiency at the moment.

“Properly,” he stated. “I can get my supervisor to name you nevertheless it received’t be at the moment. He simply got here again from a two-week vacation and he has a variety of essential issues to do.”

And a buyer questioning the integrity of your compliance in addition to the standard of your service will not be on that record?

“Simply saying,” Bob says, “it won’t be at the moment.”

After all not.

It’s been years of banks hiding behind their processes as if that’s a solution. This isn’t new and due to this fact not pressing.

“That’s how we at all times do issues,” says Bob in mounting desperation. “I don’t perceive why this can be a drawback now.”

And that precisely is the issue, Bob.

It’s at all times been an issue.

And it nonetheless is.

You and your colleagues throughout excessive avenue banks received away with it. Or reasonably, the banks received away with it. As a result of, the reality is, Bob and all of the Bobs on the planet are poorly educated and under-equipped for the job at hand. They haven’t any alternative however to do it badly. They only don’t know that’s what is going on as a result of most clients are much less knowledgeable than them and have decrease expectations than me. Each laborious to realize. And but.

Plus I’m positive I made him really feel dangerous by the top of the decision.

And I didn’t imply to. And doing so achieves nothing.

However “the best way we’ve at all times executed this” and “that is how it’s” responses, to not point out the “you’ve been instructed by your betters so why are you kicking off” perspective was by no means okay. And it’s now not viable.

And but.

Right here they’re.

Right here Bob is.

And his boss is but to name me.

So that you inform me, what 15 years of digitisation, modernisation and innovation have gotten us from the patron’s viewpoint? As a result of it’s not wanting nice from the place I stand at the moment.

By Leda Glyptis

Leda Glpytis

Leda Glyptis is FinTech Futures’ resident thought provocateur – she leads, writes on, lives and breathes transformation and digital disruption.

She’s a recovering banker, lapsed educational and long-term resident of the banking ecosystem.

All opinions are her personal. You may’t have them – however you’re welcome to debate and remark!

Comply with Leda on Twitter @LedaGlyptis and LinkedIn.


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