Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sitting in my office

Each day I sit in my office. I can't see the front door to my office, but I can hear it opening.

Everytime it opens, I look up from my task or computer to see who is walking in the doors for a tour of the community.

Sometimes it is a vendor looking for more business. People are desperate to find more business and have taken going door to door with business cards in hand. I always feel bad for having to tell them that we already have a pest control guy, gardeners, and maid services. They always look so sad. Then I tell them that I will keep their card on file and if I find that I have a need in the future I can call on them. Most times I get rewarded with a smile.

Other times there comes in a desperate looking man or man with resume in hand. They tell me they need a job and are willing to do anything. These are the people that I feel the worst for. I have to tell them that we are not hiring at the moment, but that they can submit an application and we would be happy to look at it if something should come up....

Most of the time in walk people of every type of back ground, ethnicity and personality. I make it my goal to treat these people as if they were the most important people in the world to me. If someone comes in that is grumpy or upset, I try my heardest to calm them and get them to smile. It doesn't matter to me if they are dressed crazy, tattooed, peirced, angry or scary looking. They are a person that I have the potential to lease to and I want to make a difference to them.

I enjoy the job I have and its always interesting to see who may pop around the corner each time my door opens.

8 comments:

Jay said...

I think I actually prefer the crazy dressed, green hair, pierced and tattooed people. They are often times much more interesting.

Bardouble29 said...

Jay- Yes they do bring many interesting facts in with them.

SJ said...

You are a very kind person. :)

Helene said...

I agree with SJ! Its nice to treat people equally and to view each encounter as an adventure waiting to happen. Too many people get tainted!

Hope you are well and that you had a great weekend!
cheers!

Mayden' s Voyage said...

At our best we can be as bright as Angels, at our worst we can be the stuff of nightmares...
It is a wise person who looks for the goodness and light of another when we have no reason to look for darkness.
When we look for light, we find it...
I see it in you~

Hugs and I hope you have a beautiful week ahead of you <3

The Lone Beader said...

Yay! You're back blogging! I have missed you! Hope you are doing well!

Kati said...

And, though we may not realize it at the time.... They do SO GREATLY appreciate being treated like real people, humans worth of respect. It's amazing the fantastic attitude I get from the public that I deal with, and to hear my coworkers gripe about these same people that I so often find perfectly lovely. I think it's OUR attitude that makes the difference, not who they are.

Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week, Barb!

skinnylittlesister said...

UGh, I don't even accept any applications anymore. It's so sad, but I got tired of dealing with the follow up calls because the fact of the matter is we are not hiring and since my payroll bdget has been cut, should anyone leave, I have staffers willing and eager to soak up their hours. Time brings change and here's to it being a positive change....clink!