Care is one of the values we share at Gazelle Sports. Our value statement on Care states: We approach all relationships with care. Our actions respect each other, our business, our customers and our community. Gazelle Sports synonyms – Kindness, Friendliness, Service, Support, Give, Respect and Love.
We provide training on care, we discuss care, we recognize care, and we genuinely attempt to provide care in every interaction at Gazelle Sports. You may have read our mission statement that states, in part, “We provide the world’s best customer care…” You may wonder if this is necessary. Should a retail business devote so much effort to a primary life value? Why care? Why not just have a great selection of products? We think it is better to be part of a business that cares about relationships and great products. We believe that most of us really want to shop with people who care. We believe care should be part of for-profit business and that it can impact our communities and culture.
And we know that a work environment that supports care is a happier workplace, as well as a more fun place to work. We hope that we inspire you to be active and live a healthy life with our products, services and support. However, we also hope you value a business that cares about you and the community we share. As we celebrate our 30th year, we’ll be holding a staff 30 Day Care Challenge to recognize this essential part of our business. We invite you to join us and find daily connections (giving and receiving) to kindness, friendliness, service, supporting, giving, respect and love.
Chris’ Rules of Care
Here are a few things to remember that may not be apparent when attempting 30 Days of Care.
- Care is about giving AND receiving – practice both. Please enjoy the giving – it always feels good to give.But also allow and enjoy receiving.
- Care for yourself first. We can easily forget that we must take care of ourselves so that we can give to others.
- We are human and bound not to be perfect. Care is not about being perfect, simply expressing it moves energy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Waiting for the right moment, right event, right words so that our expressions are perfect is disabling. Care in any action is enabling!
- Part of the care equation is gratitude – express it frequently. Gratitude is always healthy
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Leave a special note for a friend or coworker
- Bring flowers to a friend
- Pick up 3 pieces of litter
- Leave a thank you note for your mail carrier
- Take an extra 10 minutes for yourself
- Donate 3 items to a local food bank
- Volunteer 3 hours of your time
- Play FreeRice.com and feed the hungry
- Pay for the person behind you in line
- Surprise someone with their favorite warm beverage
- Call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a while to see how they’re doing
- Leave quarters taped to a parking meter
- Actively commute to a place you would usually drive
- Donate to a charity
- Bake and share with friends and neighbors
- Invite a co-worker to do something with you (yoga, movie, anything)
- Leave popcorn by a Redbox
- Take coloring books to a children’s hospital
- Send an encouraging text/message to a friend
- Give someone a book you think they’d like
- Leave a positive note on a bathroom mirror