Every Employee is the Key to Your Company’s Reputation and Success

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Rita Santamaria

In the words of General Norman Schwarzkopf:

“I think that there is one really fundamental military truth and that’s that you can add up the

correlation of forces, you can look at the number of tanks, you can look at the number of airplanes,

you can look at all these factors of military might and put them together; but unless the soldier on

the ground or the airman in the air has the will to win, has the strength of character to go into

battle… all the rest of that stuff is irrelevant.”

It is each of our employees or associates in the company who, together, make our business continue to

grow. Our website can be the most up to date, google SEO awesome, our brochures filled with colorful

graphics, and our ads so inspiring and purposeful that you want to tear them out and tape them to a wall; but

our individual colleagues must be customer friendly to the point of making our customers feel like they are

well received in an environment that is appreciative of their business. All the beautiful bells and whistles

we have invested in time and resources mean nothing if the “soldier” greeting the customer as they enter or

call on our business has a negative attitude or demonstrates negative body language.

Training a new hire has to be centered on the actual tasks necessary for their individual key responsibilities

but the overriding evaluation during training is attitude. Attitude can make or break a customer relationship

and eventually close the operations of a company.

Here are some attitudes that are universally considered undesirable:

Talking over the person who is trying to talk

Not listening to the customer but instead the employee is thinking of their next statement back to the

dissatisfied customer

Not making eye contact with the customer

Demonstrating body language that says, “I’m in a hurry and you are taking up my time”

Not greeting the customer when they arrive

Greeting the customer in an unfriendly or disinterested type of greeting

When the customer asks a question, the associate or employee shrugs their shoulders and/or grunts a reply

When the customer is talking to the employee, the employee simply walks away without stating what they

are doing or where they are going

At our business, we have grown to become the largest real estate school in the nation because of our quality,

first rate reputation. Here are the daily practices within our company that are universally considered

desirable and complimentary:
Compliments are consistent to the point of bringing in new business daily
Every customer gets a friendly greeting when they call or walk in the door
E­mails are reviewed so they demonstrate a happy and helpful employee

When the customer is speaking to us, we acknowledge the customer with eye contact and a helpful and positive look on our face
We don’t interrupt the customer when they are talking or asking a question If we need to walk away to access the computer, materials, or product, we tell the customer what we are doing We always stay calm and have a positive attitude We end every contact and conversation with “Is there anything else I can do for you?” and “Thank you for your business”.

Many of our customers consistently state, “When we arrive in your place of business, we feel like we are home”. That is the utmost compliment to any business. It is completely up to management and ownership to take regular feedback from customers seriously, and if there is an issue, take care of it immediately! By the same token, when employees get compliments and kudos, they are to be acknowledged and praised. “Each individual person is the true key to success!”
Rita Santamaria is the owner/founder of Champions School of Real Estate and the Champions Professional
Development School. www.ChampionsSchool.com was established in 1983 and has received numerous national and statewide awards for outstanding business practices most recently the 2013 BBB Award for Excellence.

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