Part of my job tasks is to take deposits to the bank. Recently our bank closed its business night drop and changed the ATM machines to be able to take small stacks of checks with some paper dollars as a way to remedy their removal of the night drop.
This change may have helped some business owners, but if you are one that has large stacks of checks and change to go with it, you now have the privilege of going into the bank, waiting in line and doing an in person deposit with a teller.
While I find this task a waste of my time compared to being able to just drop our deposit off in the slot on my way home, I have been learning that these visits do have value to me in some way. I have begun people watching while in the bank line.
I have heard and witnessed several interesting things at the bank and actually have been looking forward to my weekly visits to see what I might encounter.
This past week presented a very good lesson, which I will share. There was a gentleman ahead of me and when it was his turn to approach the teller, she looked at his check and told him that she knew the man’s who his check was from. She continued by letting him know that he was her son’s coach.
The gentleman then told her that this man was his employer. She told him that it must be nice working for such a nice man. He said yes, and then went on to tell her about a few of the nice things his employer does in the community besides coaching kid sports.
The teller told him that her son really has grown to like this man very much and wants to always have him as his coach. She said all of the parents of the children on the team have high respect for him and how he handles their children.
As the gentleman’s transaction came to a close, the teller told him goodbye and asked him to tell his employer hello for her when he saw him. He told her he certainly would.
Now this conversation took place in the matter of minutes, but it really got me thinking as to what would the conversation be like, if one of my staff members met someone who I knew in a similar situation?
Would they talk as highly about me as this gentleman and teller spoke of the man they both knew?
Sometimes we forget about the impact we make on others and that they do have opinions of us, that may be very different from what we think they should be.
This was really good food for thought for me, how about you?