In the busyness of life, people tend to forget the common courtesy they should use when dealing with other people. The pace of today’s world is busy, moving so fast that we are literally running to keep up. There is so much to do in the day, and not enough time in the day to do it.
Bills to pay, errands to run, phone calls to make, it just never seems to end. Each task seems to take a really long time. I think the day should be 36 hours, but that’s just me.
So we turn to multi-tasking. If we can do 1 thing, why not 3 at once, right? We can surf the internet, talk on the phone, and pays the bills all in one sitting. It sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Well, I don’t think it is. I have tried multi-tasking, and I just wind up farther behind. Surfing the internet is a great way to put off those tasks even further. But, we should not forget that it is a simple courtesy to be polite to others.
So what is common courtesy?
I worked in the retail sector as a cashier. Some of the worst manners I have seen are those displayed by people shopping. Lately, I have noticed a big increase in people trying to talk on their cell phones while checking out at the register. I have been brought up to be polite and not interrupt someone when they are on the phone. You know, using the manners my parents taught me.
However, lately, I am finding that all those rules I was taught just don’t mean a thing to some people anymore. People just have the time or energy to use courtesy towards others, and in reality, it is something that only takes seconds to accomplish. It’s sad and very disheartening. These people end up holding up the line because they don’t have their coupons ready, or their form of payment. It’s not fair to those customers that are solely concentrating on checking out.
So in order to compensate for the lack of manners, I found myself turning into a cashiering monster. I would interrupt people talking on the phone, even though it goes against every grain in my body. I did talk over their conversations in order to move them through the line. I have made them put down their phones in order to swipe their own credit card or sign the payment slip. I don’t like it, I don’t enjoy it, but I will do it. In the past months I have gotten away from that aspect of my job. I have noticed that my attitude has greatly improved, and so has my patience with people and their lack of common courtesy.
Here are some simple rules that everyone should be following:
- Give your full attention to the person you are interacting with.
- Put your phone down! Unless it is an absolute emergency, your call can wait a few moments.
- When you are checking out in a store, have all your items ready, including payment and coupons.
- Please don’t eat or drink while checking out.
- Don’t hold a place in line for a friend, especially if they are not ready to check out.
- Did I mention to put your phone down?
- Smile! It really makes both the customer and the cashier happier, and the transaction is far more pleasant.
- Say thank you. A cashier just helped you, it really is THE a polite thing to do.
So while we are all in a hurry to get things done, remember the person on the other side of the counter has things they need to get done as well, and would appreciate your full attention so they can get you what you need as quickly as possible.
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