I watch a short 4 minute clip from you tube called Empathy from the Cleveland Clinic and would like to share it with you all. It really is worth a look.
As a Receptionist working in a Doctors Surgery, a Healthcare Clinic or a Hospital it is a reminder that behind every person there is a story.
The people in this film could have at one point spoken to you as a Receptionist on the telephone or at the desk.
We do not always know what is going on in people’s lives.
So perhaps if someone is a bit short or angry or out of turn with you or appears to be upset in any way they could be that they couldn’t get an appointment with the Doctor that same day, or angry that you cannot discuss their loves ones because of patient confidentiality, when people are upset, distressed and in pain they often hit out at others. They could have been someone in this film.
Knowing how to deal with a difficult / upset person at the desk is so very important – and being able to turn a negative situation into a positive one.
If you could stand in someone else’s shoes…..hear what they hear…..see what they see…..feel what they feel would you treat them any differently?