In the post, a man reported about his visit to Target. In the checkout line, his cashier had a sign which read "Cashier is Hearing Impaired." He was worried it was embarassing for the cashier and calling attention to something that might not be a big deal.
In my line of work, I work with the public a lot, although it's not retail. Usually at least 60% of my day is spent answering questions from people. This got me wondering if I would want such a sign at the computer I work from.
On the one hand, I want to say yes because I would like to have people aware when they come up to me. I have talked to my fair share of people who are irritated when they need to repeat themselves for me or when I appear to be ignoring them. It would be nice to have a sign to point to.
|Photo from Flickr user DrBacchus|
If I decided to do something like this, I think it would be good to test it out first. I'd want to see people's reactions to see if I'm getting into something I'd rather not deal with. After all, 95% of my conversations go well and the person doesn't ever need to know I couldn't hear half of what they were saying...
Thinking about this reminded me of Speak Up Librarian's shop where she has some t-shirts and other gifts that communicate to people in a humorous way. Somehow I don't think I'd be allowed to post those around the desk... but I sure wish I could sometimes.