I have always said that when when you are in business your staff is one of your most important assets. Whilst training as a salesman I remember that one of the lessons shoved down our throats was that if you were to provide a customer with a positive sales experience they may actually tell one or two others of their experience. If on the other hand you were to give them shit, then you can bet your bottom dollar that the whole bloody world was going to hear about it.
That was before blogging existed and I would have to say that that remark is closer to the truth today than it was all those years ago and to substantiate my argument I would love for you to read this post by Jim Kukral, a well renowned blogger.
Unfortunately the problem with Jim’s response is the the sales person who provided the crappy service gets away with murder and all the other sales staff, some who may well go over and above the call of duty, get tarred with the same brush. So I ask you, is it fair that the whole sales team, not to mention the rest of the employees that work at HHgregg have to suffer for the sake of one stupid jerk who wouldn’t know how to treat a customer if he fell over one?
If it was me I would have approached things differently because I would want the moron to learn the error of his ways. The first thing I would have done would be to ask to see the manager and then explain to him/her how offended you were by the actions of this particular staff member. I would then highlight the fact that because of the actions of the said staff member the store has lost a sale as well as future potential sales.
Maybe I am a softy, but I just feel that every deserves a second chance. I hope that those reading this post have learned a couple of things.
- If you are in business then train your staff properly as they are the forefront of your company so check that they are treating your customers with the the utmost due respect.
- Make sure they know their products, the last thing you want is someone who has now idea of what he is selling.
- That they never use the line, “Hello, can I help you?” as that gives a customer an ‘out.’
- And most importantly don’t piss your customer off, especially Jim, pictured, because he will make sure the world hears about it.
On a side note, I can’t for the life of me wonder why someone would call their business HHgregg. What the hell is that all about anyway?