As a salon owner or manager, have you ever wondered why your employees are not as motivated or dedicated to your business as you are? You want your passion and enthusiasm for the business to be contagious but your staff may perceive things differently.
Here’s the simple reality: Not having a stake in the business, there’s just not as much in it for them as there is for you.
It is, however, possible to motivate your employees without giving up shares in the company. Here are a few suggestions:
Build a Team-Oriented Environment
Employees want to feel like they’re part of a team. It gives them a sense of belonging and worth that extends far beyond financial compensation.
First, make it known that every contribution counts and that it takes all of the members of the team for the salon to function effectively. As the salon owner or manager it’s also your responsibility to spell out the role each team member plays and to help each person understand how he or she can fit into the group dynamic.
Also, take the time to involve employees in the decision-making process and truly listen to their concerns and consider their ideas. Giving them this sort of “ownership” in the business encourages everyone to reach higher and think in terms of what’s best for the group as a whole.
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Setting and Reaching Goals
Just as you have goals for your business, your employees have their own goals for their careers. Encourage staff to develop a career plan and do your best to help them accomplish their goals. Usually their goals can be incorporated into the salon’s goals, providing a winning solution for everybody.
Props and Perks
Although you don’t want the financial side to be the only form of motivation, do consider some sort of a reward for when staff achieves a personal or salon goal. At least acknowledge each of them for their contributions and for every milestone and major success.
Set an Example
The best way to motivate your staff is to be sincerely enthusiastic about the business and to always strive to be a positive role model. A positive team-oriented attitude becomes infectious in a nurturing environment, especially when everybody is working toward the same goals.