Lately, retail workers (or anyone who works a cash register for that matter) have become essential employees. Since I’ve been working in retail since I started working, I am so conscious now of the stuff I do that I know would make me mad as an employee.
Retail workers are just as, if not more important, than anyone else and should be treated with respect. So next time you enter a store, be kind and keep these things in mind. Find out the top 5 things I do as a customer, thanks to working retail.
Hand the Money to the Cashier
It is just common courtesy to hand the cashier your money if you are paying cash. Maybe, if you are trying to get coins out of your wallet, place it on the counter, but then hand it to them when you are done. It just makes them feel a bit more appreciated and like you don’t think they are below you. One small thing can make an employee’s day.
Put Items Back in the Spot They Go in / Back on Hangers
It’s not that hard if you decide that you don’t want something to go back to the spot it was in and put it there or even give it to the cashier so they can put it back. Also, putting clothes back on the hanger correctly is a big help, especially for the employees closing. By the way, the lingerie straps go on the hangers and THEN the sleeves/straps.
Whether it is the store hours, the face covering required, or this register is closed, I am constantly looking for signs and reading what they say just to make an employee’s day just a little bit better (and so I don’t look dumb). If a door is locked, I am going to read the hours or just walk away because that makes the most sense.
Not Tell the Cashier My Life Story
Obviously, I am going to say hi and how are you? Because not saying anything is also rude, but the cashier doesn’t care that it’s nice out when they’re stuck inside or that you are going to your cousin’s best friend’s birthday party. They just want to ring you up and get you out of there. Be kind and maybe offer a compliment and a smile, but that’s it.
Look Before Asking Where Something Is
Again, this goes back to the reading signs thing. Look for the item you are searching for before asking the worker. Sometimes it’s right in front of you. Other times, there are signs pointing you directly where to go. Most of the time, if I can’t find it, I just assume it wasn’t meant to be and I get something else.