Today’s a specially good day to post this because I’ve always thought and felt this way but never got the time to talk about it. As a service staff of a corporate organization, I’m writing to all of your corporate HQs, those who pay for the service, and fellow co-workers.
Here’s an idea: treat yourself by treating someone else.
“Why should I do that? It doesn’t even make sense.”
By treating someone, you’re conducting an act of kindness. I recently read a research article that said by carrying out 5 such acts a day, you’ll remember yourself living a happier life. You eat 3 meals a day, that’s 3 acts right there, 2 more to go. So easy! Additionally, normal people have this magical thing called gratitude. Abuse that.
Okay but how? I’m going to make a list because it always looks fun.
1. Acknowledge others are human beings too.
If you can’t do that, go sit in your time-out corner and reflect. Service staff are human beings, you are a human being, people in the organization are all human beings. So treat them like human beings. Customers and employers. Respect the staff. Which human being likes being disrespected? Unless that’s some humiliation play agreed between you and your dom/sub, respect. Them.
2. Appreciate them.
Service staff, contrary to what most people think, are not always uneducated. They’re not always part-timers, they’re not dead-end jobs, and they’re not lazy or apathetic. Actually, why does that even matter? Regardless of why a person is there, why shouldn’t you be grateful towards someone who did you a service?
“Oh because I paid them, they’re supposed to do as I say.” No, go sit in your time-out corner.
If you signed a contract with me to sell toothbrushes on my behalf and I asked you to lick the toilet bowl, would you? People are not paid to do as you please. They’re not obliged to obey you at all. They’re there to make money and incidentally, obeying customers is like licking a teacher’s ass for more marks. It’s just them making money. That’s all. If they weren’t providing it, too bad. They’re paid to provide products or services with skills they developed which you do not have the time, energy, skills, or materials to provide yourself. Be grateful.
Yes, this means tips. If you want them to do as you please, tip, or pay for it (we’re generally flexible like that, trust me). If you can’t thank them, and mean it, tipping is good too.
Incentives also include bonuses or promotions for attaining or contributing to organization’s goals. These aren’t compulsory, but neither are the staff’s exceptional services. There’s a reason why you pay more to stay in hotels with more stars – they provide more facilities and better quality services. You don’t go to a fast food restaurant and ask for a red wine for the price of a soda. You want extra, you pay for extra. You want overtime, you pay for overtime. “Oh, but if they want to keep their jobs, they have to keep up.” Go sit in that corner and think about what you just said. I’ll give you a clue: “abuse”.
4. Talk to them
Not when they’re busy, of course. They’re human beings, they have feelings too. Spending 4-9 hours listening to everyone about everything but themselves, trust me, it’s exhausting. Ask them how’s their day, ask them what they’re doing now, how’re they feeling. You’d be surprised by the things they’ve been through. It can be an eye-opening experience, have fun with that. They’ll enjoy talking to you, too.
If you’ve done all these, at this point, service staff are all probably whispering amongst themselves like, “that person is really nice, be nice to them, alright?” And honestly, as someone in the service industry, if you’re really nice to me, considerate, tips, and all, you can bet your ass you’re getting a little extra of that something you asked for. Treat yourself with profit.
So there you have it. Doesn’t sound too hard, right? Now get out there and treat others!
In retrospect, lists aren’t fun. And on a side note, I learned multiple-word tags don’t work on wordpress like tumblr does.