Archive for October, 2011

To all you clerks out there.

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I really hate to hear someone say, “don’t blame me, I just work here.”

At its very best it’s somebody taking an angry customer’s mood personally and at its worst it’s the voice of a lazy, dispassionate worker. When you’re working the front desk for a big business you ARE the company as far as anybody who comes in the door is concerned.

I used to be a delivery driver and sometimes my colleagues and I weren’t popular with customers because of reasons beyond our control or decisions and problems originating in other departments that have nothing to do with us.

I’d have some colleagues get defensive and angry with irate customers for blaming them for problems stemming from other parts of the company or bad weather in the Rockies and it just won’t do. Some didn’t care and didn’t react in a good or bad way and some of us dealt with the problems. I fixed what I could, and forwarded everything I couldn’t handle to people who could; I believe it’s called teamwork.

So, if a customer expresses dissatisfaction with your employer’s service don’t take it personally. Address any genuine rudeness, nobody should put up with that, but do your job. We’ll try to remember that you’re doing the best you can and that you just work here…just don’t let anybody hear YOU say it.

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Literal or inflexible thinkers with authority.

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I was talking with a Vancouver Island businessman today who had some opposition from his city council regarding handicap access to his storefront; his door wasn’t good enough.

What makes for a good accessible door? It should provide level entry or use a ramp (8.3% slope maximum, I believe) to provide access, have an automatic opener operated with a push button, and be at least 34 inches wide.

The problem the city had with him was the width of his door. Everything else was fine but somebody had the idea that his door needed to be EXACTLY 34 inches wide. The door in question is a garage door in the storefront and provides approximately 120″ inches of clear opening to the store.

Everything worked out fine in the end but if this bonehead(or, to be fair, regular person having a bonehead moment) had their way, there would be one less business in their city today.

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