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When did you last check behind the loo doors?

Paradisos Hills view from the verandah
We are away on our annual holiday in Cyprus and as usual our hosts and all of the 
other business owners that we come into contact with are exceptionally warm and sincere and if we ask for something that is missing, isn’t on the menu or hadn’t been included then they do their utmost to accommodate us.   
I am pleased to say that in all cases they put it right and go that extra mile to help!  

However, this makes it sound that we are in a perfect place and just like the quality of things in England, it is far from that. 
Often the quality or standard of what is provided is lacking and in fact I frequently feel that there is simply a lack of awareness of just how customers are experiencing their service or product.  

When did the restaurant owner last look behind the doors in his loo’s, check the cups were clean or check whether the bulb worked in the bedside lamp or even deliver the car that was ordered instead of one that they thought would do! 

I say that because 10 years ago we arrived for our wedding at the old Paphos airport with numerous large suitcases packed with the wedding paraphernalia, we had ordered something big enough to take all of the bags and we got a Susuki Matiz!  It was so hysterical seeing us trying to squeeze suitcases into this tiny car plus both of us and to this day we still laugh! 

It certainly seems sometimes that many business owners don’t actually check how their staff are delivering their service or what their customers think, relying on Tripadvisor to do that for them. They have been trained right?

Don’t get me wrong the people here are the nicest people that I know and want their visitors to feel welcome and have a wonderful time and we love them to bits.  They are the reason that we return to the same holiday destination every year. 
But it got me thinking about my own service to customers and I wondered if my customers experience a level of service that although I am determined that I give- may not in reality deliver?  Particularly as our business is 12 years old!

Do I forget to check behind the loo doors? Do I give my clients the quality service that want or expect in the way that they expect it?  

When I get back I will examine more closely to see if I am leaving my customers wanting.  

So how often do you check that what you are delivering is ‘on the button’ with your clients?  Or when did you last check behind the loo doors!  Or do you simply respond to feedback when it comes up?

And on that note if any of my clients are reading this and I haven’t delivered a quality service or standard that was expected and you’ve never shared it with me, please, please, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or phone me on 07795 342329 so that I can correct what I do! 
There is no such thing as failure there is only feedback!
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Having a laugh at work helps employee wellbeing


People having fun at work


I saw an HR post about why being funny can boost your success in your career and of course I guess if you have someone in the office who is warm and friendly then this is bound to contribute towards their success in their career.

But having a laugh and a bit of fun in the workplace and ensuring that your employees are enjoying their work environment even if under pressure, can contribute hugely to their productivity. We know from a study referred to in may last blog that when people are enjoying a task then they do more of it and more efficiently.

When you laugh it releases some small amounts of hormones into the brain that makes you feel happier, more energised and it makes sense that you will therefore be more motivated to get something done. It helps working relationships and raises the mood of the group.

Of course, there will be a line in terms of having fun which shouldn’t be crossed, and this is where having your supervisors know and understand what is and isn’t acceptable is worthwhile.

If you want to be an employer of choice with a great workforce that represents your business in the right way, then the way that people feel, and think is important. Don’t think about wellbeing training as a ‘nice to do’ it might just be the difference that makes the difference to your people and maximises their performance in the workplace.

If you would like to know more call Jackie on 07795 34329

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