In my last P.A.U. (Personal Author Update) I discussed doing and/or sharing “Random act of kindness” which are “senseless acts of beauty“. So I got it in my head today that RAoK is what should be the topic for my next blog.
The theme as you can see is “Unexpected Appreciation“. This is about the folks who do the “grunt” or “dirty work” that most other folks may or may not want to do. The jobs that keep the cogs and wheels turning of our society that allow us to enjoy and benefit from the modern conveniences that we have today. Folks like the Delivery Person who delivers your package, food or other goods, the people in the cooler where the Milk and other refrigerated products are kept, Waiters and Waitresses, all those sorts of nitty-gritty jobs, that’s what I’m talking about.
The kinds of jobs that some folks would absolutely either dread, have done and hate and refuse to ever do again or might even slightly enjoy because it keeps them out of sight and mind so no one bothers them (except for the boss), asks questions or just pesters them in general because – let’s face it, some customers and/or clients – can be very rude and obnoxious.
You know the customers that leave product on the ground that has to be “claimsed” out (this means to tag out the product because it can no longer be sold because it has been ruined in some way), leave frozen things out after they decided not to buy them, drop their kids off in electronics or toys leaving a mass of mayhem and chaos in their wakes, the ones who have a grudge and pick you as the first person to take their company complaints and vendettas against (Yeah, you all! You know who you are!).
Now that you got a pretty good picture of what those unruly and rude customers are like, hopefully you can understand why I picked this very thing to cover. To me, these folks, in a way, are like the unsung Heroes of whatever it is – they do. They put up with SO much! Even I had to put up with crap like this when I worked in retail and it happens often and daily. Some of you may have wondered before I described the “Worst Customers Ever“, “Why this?“, but hopefully you understand now why some folks, especially these folks, might grow to hate their jobs or otherwise and why I chose them specifically as my focus.
It is true that if you treat your employees with the respect, kindness and understanding they deserve, they will be happy, want to stay working with you and put twice as much effort out. Same goes for how the employees are treated by the customers and clients. They are NOT your SLAVES! They are NOT your SERVANTS! These folks are human-beings and they deserve to be treated as such! This goes for Employers and Customers/Clients alike. These folks deserve better from us.
Certain tasks might be their job, but if we make their jobs too hard (especially considering how many of us are out in this world) they will feel simply and completely overwhelmed! This was the case when I used to work a single department all – by – myself. My Department Manager was there early in the morning and then left early. I was on swing-shift. I’d clean up my department right before lunch and come back to it re-completely and utterly trashed like it was that very morning, if not worse than it was that morning.
It felt like an never-ending battle. A never-ending uphill battle. On top of this our employers expected a lot out of us, such as – when we were done zoning (tidying up) our departments, we were to go and help other departments with their zoning. Most folks, didn’t want to do that. Why? Because by the time they got done with their own, they were too exhausted and when you are dealing with these kinds of unruly customers/clients on a daily basis, day in and day out, it’s – again – no wonder some folks may grow to loathe and/or hate their job, people in general and/or become jaded toward the world.
Bad customers = a recipe for employee misery and disaster, at least in my book.
So again, just because something is an employee’s job, don’t make life harder for them like it is already. Lot of big corporations these days have adopted very terrible practices and that often means underpaying their employees, making them miserable and unhappy and definitely overworking them. Also, a department store, shopping center or other place of business – IS NOT YOUR FREAKING HOME! You do NOT get to trash it like your own house! Have some decency, some sense of self-respect and MANNERS for gods sake! Shesh! Didn’t yo mama e-vah teach you mannahs! GOSH! >.<
Remember this post the next time you are at a Wal-Mart, you order from Dominos (or any fast food place), you see a Waitress at a Diner or whatever the case may be. Show them a smile, if you can (try if you can’t), remember they are people just like you, write them a kind note on the back of the receipt copy they keep or just randomly walk up to a Stocker and say, “I appreciate what you do. Thank you!” something, ANYTHING that is some form of kindness, understanding and/or a form of appreciation.
These folks deserve this much. Especially if they look like those tired, overworked, possibly older folks who want to just give-up on life or people in general. A kind word can go a long way and – you may just toss an extra “Log” on their fire to help keep the fires stoked and burning for a while longer, which in turn helps keep them going. You may even help them maintain a slightly more positive perspective on people.
There you go! New post, as promised! I hope you liked and enjoyed it. 🙂
~Infinite love and gratitude, blessings, namaste~