Good customer service seems to be extinct, along with manners and common courtesy. It seems respect for others has fallen to the wayside.
Thank God for places such as Chick Fil-A and QuikTrip for keeping hope alive that you can be treated like royalty in a public establishment. At both of these businesses, their top priority is providing you with quick, courteous, non-hassle service. That is not too much to ask and it rarely hurts to be nice. They have been highly regarded for this behavior for years.
So what can be learned from these businesses in regards to everyday life? Well consider this.
1. Smile and be friendly
Oftentimes this can diffuse any friction or disagreement. Keep your cool, talk and act calm, and just handle yourself like an adult. The old saying really is true, in that more bees can be caught with honey than vinegar.
2. Everyone deserves to feel loved.
We as humans are fallible and flawed. However, it doesn't mean we don't deserve a kind word and a helping hand. Don't just walk and wave to everyone. Show folks that you genuinely care for them, rather than being standoffish.
3. Be as flexible and punctual as possible.
Your time is valuable, as it other people's. Therefore, do your best to work with others, their needs and time constraints. Reach a common, middle ground and be unified in what you want and what you are doing.
4. Strive to be the best friend and relative you can.
Mother's Day is around the corner. You will see several folks taking advantage of this time to honor their mothers and mother figures. However, why wait until then? Make this a regular practice. Also, keep up with your friends and family better, or make the effort to do so. Sometimes this can be tough, but be open and available.
5. Take pride in yourself as well as others.
Employees of both of these businesses not only respect others, they respect themselves. It shows also. They present a friendly image and warm spirit, and they do their jobs to the highest quality. The pay may not make them millionaires, but what is priceless is the impact they have on others. People can sense someone who has a facade and someone who is sincere. Choose the latter and be as true to yourself as possible. I love being around people who are comfortable in their own skin, and have proper understanding of respect.
What else can you learn from Chick Fil-A and QuikTrip in regards to treating others well? How have one or both of these businesses positively impacted you?