Driven by an ad offering a 40% savings on a much needed piece of office equipment I ventured to the store. I found what I was looking for but it did not appear to be on sale. I asked the nearest employee if the item really was on sale; he promptly went to ask the manager.
It was very apparent by the animated discussion that ensued that the manager was not thrilled with the inquiry and upon his return, the employee apologetically advised me that the item was indeed 40% off.
On my way out of the store (with the item) I came across the manager who made a point of telling me that his stock person had messed up the display, but that the employee who helped me should have known better.
Is there something wrong with this picture? Yeah, and it’s all about how you treat your customers. We're all quite familiar with the formal definition of customer- a person who purchases goods or services from someone (I refer to them as buying customers; in this case, me).
Hold on! What about the buy-in customers? Consider the informal definition of customer- a person one has to deal with. The people that work for, in and in support of your’ business; the ones who provide the service, expertise and supplies; the ones that keep your’ buying customers happy and keep your’ business profitable. The 'buy-in' of your’ employees keeps your’ business rolling. Take the employee and manager in this case; the employee was apparently not informed of the sale and the manager was quick to assign blame. The employee has bought in to treating "buying customers" well but his manager was happy to throw him to the wolves (I cannot say the manager treated me well either but