THERE ARE NO PEOPLE WHO ARE QUITE SO VULGAR AS THE OVER-REFINED
IT’S NOT A SLAM AT YOU WHEN PEOPLE ARE RUDE IT’S A SLAM AT THE PEOPLE THEY’VE MET BEFORE
In our business, like any business, we deal with some rude and pushy people. Unfortunately, in our business our cleaners can have to spend a bit of time dealing with these people. It is not a quick 10-minute interaction. Our cleaners can be in a home for 1, 2, 3 or what seems like 8 hours of a day on a weekly basis. This situation can add a lot of stress to our cleaners. It can even cost us a cleaner if the cleaner does not share their feelings with us and just leaves your company because of a rude and pushy client that they are afraid to tell you about. Do your cleaners understand why these people are so rude and pushy? Do they understand that more than likely it has nothing to do with them? It is important to get the subject of rude and pushy people ‘on the table’ at your company. It is even more important to educate your employees on how to deal with rude and pushy people. There are many different styles of communication when dealing with rude and pushy people. A defensive, timid or annoyed approach will not work with these clients. Your cleaners need to be taught to use a courteous, honest, gracious, polite and controlled approach.
Prepare a presentation for a meeting with your staff on rude and pushy people. Use examples that your cleaners have shared with you and that you have experienced personally. Share ideas with your staff on how they could handle these people in different ways resulting in the cleaners’ desired results.
Using a staff meeting is a great venue to present the topic of rude and pushy people. You can also have your cleaners watch videos in their homes if you are not able to have staff meetings. Rags to Riches has a video specifically for cleaning people dealing with rude and pushy people. Role playing is a great way to teach your people different communication skills. Keep this topic active in your company by frequently asking your employees to share at meetings the most rude or pushy person they ran into that week and how they handled them. Give a ‘spiff’ to the person who told the best story and did the best job of handling the situation. By keeping this topic on the table, allowing your cleaners to share their feelings and teaching them new approaches you will keep the cleaner who might otherwise quit because of stress from clients.