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10 Ways to Retain Employees

February 16, 2018

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Employee retention can be a serious issue at salons and spas. With one of the highest industry turnover rates, owners must understand the importance of making employees feel valued. Happy employees are more likely to stick around, as well as perform to their highest potential. From praise and rewards to perks and motivators, there are several ways to make your team feel appreciated.

1. Implement Perks

Provide job perks. Your team will appreciate it and may be more likely to stick around. There are several ways to motivate and reward employees without spending an arm and a leg. Need some ideas? We’ve put together 21 ways to help your employees feel valued as they achieve greatness. For no cost at all. Download it here.

2. Provide Incentives

Use contests and incentives to help keep your team motivated and feeling rewarded when reaching goals. Incentives can keep employees focused and excited about their jobs.

3. Create Promotion Opportunities

Provide a clear path of advancement. If there is no room to grow, employees will become frustrated and may stop trying if they see no clear future for themselves at your company. A career path will help motivate employees to go above and beyond.

4. Invest in Employee Development

Support the continuous education of your team. This could be training to learn a new skill or tuition reimbursement to help further professional development. Read our recent blog post and find out why it’s necessary to invest in continuing education.

5. Give Financial Rewards

While non-monetary recognition and incentives are a great way to boost motivation and morale, money is always a great motivator. Provide bonuses, as well as the opportunity for a raise. Let your employees know that as the business grows, they grow, too.

6. Practice Open Communication

Create open, two-way communication. Encourage employees to offer ideas and ask questions. Have an open-door policy that encourages employees to speak honestly without fear of repercussion.

7. Be Transparent About Expectations

Make sure employees know what is expected of them. If they don’t know exactly what their roles entail, they will not be able to perform to their potential. Start the conversation during the job interview so they know their responsibilities on day one.

8. Always Give Respect

Treat your employees with respect. Show your employees that you care about them, not only as workers but as people. Implementing a healthy work/life balance is a great start. If your employees don’t have time outside of work to decompress and lead a healthy personal life, their productivity and happiness will deteriorate at work.

9. Provide Recognition

Little acts of appreciation can have an enormous effect on morale. Don’t forget to recognize the effort, talent, and achievements of your team. Paying attention to the little milestones will not only keep you engaged as a leader but will also help your team to feel appreciated.

10. Empower with Leadership

As a business owner, you have a responsibility to set the tone and expectation for your business. If you want your employees to follow, lead by example. Kick-ass leaders are usually the inspiration behind a powerful team, and an unstoppable team is a force to be reckoned with. Need help inspiring your team? Download our infographic.

Make Your Team Want to Stick Around

A business’ success can often depend on how well their employees can work together. Retaining employees and keeping them happy is the first step to building an unstoppable team. Need help keeping your employees and strengthening your team through team building? We’ve got you covered. Download the ultimate guide and strengthen your employees’ commitment to your salon or spa.

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