September 12, 2016

Whenever I walk into a new-to-me business, I find it interesting to observe how I'm treated. This gives me an instant clue as to how the leaders of that business treat their employees.

Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief, or...

Whatever the endeavor is, when a customer enters that place of business, her impression of the organization is formed in the first few minutes of interaction with an employee - and even with the space in which the employee works. The employee's attitude, and the "flavor" of the space around him, is most strongly affected by how he is treated by the company's leaders.

If you want your customers to feel warmly welcomed when they enter your storefront or other space, you and the supervisors overseeing the employee must treat your employees with respect, personal attention, and gratitude. You may be sure they'll pass it on. On the other hand, if their personal needs are ignored, or they are not appreciated, or they are not fairly compensated for their contributions, their reaction will be reflected in how they treat the customer.

This behooves you to treat your employees as your most valuable asset in your efforts to serve the person who is most important to the success of your business - the customer.

You may remember a few weeks ago, I ranted about customer service, how important it is, and how important it is to do it personally. I mentioned in that essay that the customer is the most important person to you in your business. With that as a premise, who makes or breaks the all-important relationships with your customers? That would be your employees. They make the first impression on your customers. In May, I wrote about my daughter's very positive experience with a new employer and some of the ways she is treated there that make her feel important, appreciated...and inclined to treat the company's customers the same way.

Many businesses employ professional sampling services to visit the company's locations and evaluate how they are treated. This is a great way learn how your company treats its customers. When you sit down to address the issues uncovered by this sampling, just be sure you consider the motivators behind the employee's behavior. If you simply counsel the employee to treat customers better, and don't address how the employee is treated by his supervisor or someone else senior to him, you're treating symptoms without considering the root cause of the employee's actions. As in any remedial work, treating symptoms while ignoring the root cause is a futile effort - you may get some short term improvement but the "problem" you're addressing will continually reappear.

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Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful week!
John Stevens
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Throughout a career spanning over 40 years my  management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective. 

As I transition to life in the Argentine outback, my focus will shift to helping other business coaches and advisers get their message out to their prospective clients. With my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of effective business coaching, I am uniquely qualified to work with business advisers of all stripes convey their message.

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