Great Expectations of the Vacation Rental Industry
By William May
Published: 10/24/19 Topics: Vacation Rentals, Vortex Managers Comments: 0
A man was very proud of his teenage son who consistently earned straight A's in school, played all the major sports, attended church with the family, was an eagle scout, volunteered for every worth cause, was president of the student body and treated everyone, young and old with smiling respect.
So it was surprising when one day the father proclaimed that he was kicking his son out of the house and never wanted to see him again. The reason - the son had forgotten to close the front door on his way to school.
The mother challenged her husband saying that the penalty was far too much for the crime. Friends counseled the father against such a rude determination. And everyone agreed that surely all the good attribute of the young man outshone such a minor infraction.
The father was like some customers who frequent lodging establishment, restaurants and retail stores. And just like most of those people, once the father made pronounced the sentence he was unwilling to reverse his decision. Out the young man went and the father never forgave him again.
The story reminds us of how comedian Steve Martin once proclaimed that all crime could be eliminated in the world, simply by imposing the death penalty for parking tickets.
While both of these examples are overly strong, judging others too harshly has become a favorite method for people who feel themselves perfect and everyone else as inferior. We could go so far as to say some of those people want to be the servant and feel they can judge others as a servant (Even a kind of slave.)
Striving for success, working diligently and expecting others to do the same is necessary in businesses, sports team and pretty much every other organization. But applying over zealous penalties actually sets back progress.
Lodging managers succeed by recruiting and employing staff members who actually love to serve, to help people, and often to take on the jobs that the masters would avoid at all costs. Like housekeeping, plumbing repairs and late night guest requests.
So why is it that seemingly intelligent people feel they can treat restaurant servers, housekeepers and even retail clerks with disdain when they make the smallest of errors?
Psychologists tell us that people who mistreat others, because of their own inadequacies, their feelings of inferiority, or because they simply have a low Emotional Quotient.
Everyone has heard of, IQ scores for Intelligence Quotient. But every also has an EQ, and berating or overly penalizing those who serve discloses the person's immature emotions.
Lodging is a business that defies 100% perfection. Properties differ in size, age and location. Some guests stay long, others shot, There may be insufficient capital for constant upgrades, while every employee works at a fast pace j
Of course, managers must treat every employee with respect, provide advice, training and assistance and most importantly to admit that none of us are perfect. And to never make overly harsh decisions about staff members. To allow for minor mistakes and to follow the age old adage - "No shame, no blame, just fix it."
Author: William May – Volunteer, Vacation Rental Association
Blog #: 0704 – 10/24/19
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