Spa Management

Improving Staff Retention with Authentic Appreciation

Retaining quality employees (whether full-time, part-time or contract) is essential to the health of a service-oriented business. Staff turnover is one of the most non-productive business expenses in the spa industry. The loss of productivity, relational damage with clients, negative impact on staff morale, and additional training time all create significant costs for employers. Research has shown that one of the primary reasons employees quit their jobs is that they don’t feel valued or appreciated. Although approximately 90 percent of...

Nine Habits to Avoid at Work in 2015

With a new year ahead, now is an excellent time to expunge work habits that irritate coworkers and make you less effective. "Achieving success requires more than just doing the right thing," says Geoffrey James, contributing editor and award-winning blogger at Inc.com and author of Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know . "Success also means changing the behaviors that hold you back." Here are nine habits you can do without in 2015: Doing the...

Five Quick Responses to Customer Complaints

The last thing a stressed, dissatisfied holiday customer wants to hear you say is: "You're wrong." What they want to hear is that you understand them, appreciate them, and agree with them on the importance of the value they have cited in their complaint. Here are a few quick scripts to use when responding to customer complaints: Customer Complaint: Rude Service Your customer says: "Your staff was rude and totally unprofessional." You say: "You are right to expect courteous, respectful,...

11 Tips to Help Reluctant Networkers Thrive at Holiday Parties

If you aren't a natural connector, you're probably dreading the coming deluge of holiday events and parties. Sure, you know you should take advantage of the opportunity to network at these gatherings (especially if they're work-related), but small talk and introductions just aren't your forte. You're much more comfortable nursing a glass of punch in the corner and limiting your conversations to people you already know. If this sounds familiar, Alaina G. Levine challenges you to make this the year...

10 Tips for Effectively Handling Customer Complaints During the Holidays

For the customer service sector, the holiday season is crunch time. With more shoppers, more sales, more shipping, more advertisements, and more product demand, there's (so much) more potential for something to go wrong. At the same time, shoppers' expectations are never higher. They don't just want to check every item off their lists; they expect their shopping experience to be fun, festive, and full of good cheer. (It's the holidays, after all!) No pressure, right? Ron Kaufman, author of...

Evaluating Key Growth Indicators

You can’t change yesterday’s revenue but you can affect tomorrow’s by focusing on five simple growth indicators. We tend to only focus on revenue, we set goals based on revenue, and we give our employees goals that are based on the revenue they bring in. The problem is that revenue is the result of what we did yesterday and it’s too late, today, to affect yesterday’s results. Let’s focus on key growth indicators that will allow is to create predictable,...

Why Doesn’t Society Take this Industry Seriously?

I recently saw a meme that received many ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ on social media. It displayed a huge ream of paper a few feet tall and had “What you might not have learned in beauty school” imposed on the stack. My initial reaction was less than positive. Allow me to give credit where credit is due. Above the image was a link to an article that embellished on the sentiment displayed by the meme. It talked about the value of...

How to Build a Successful Business

Many businesses have made a huge recovery since the economic crash in 2008 and that’s good news for small spa owners. Since small businesses account for 63 percent of new jobs, success puts people back to work. That, in turn, helps spa business owners even more—people with paychecks buy stuff. And here’s more good news: Women are launching more businesses than ever—1,288 a day, according to a recent analysis by American Express. That’s up from 602 in 2011 to 2012...

Five Tactics for Turning Things Around Quickly

Like many business owners, you rang in 2014 with great optimism. This was supposed to be the year you moved results to the next level. So, when you sat down at your desk this morning and saw the big gap between your projected Q1 goals and your current reality, you nearly spit out your coffee. What you thought would catch fire…didn’t. That big product launch, marketing strategy, or customer engagement plan you knew was a sure thing appears to be...

Mentoring Matters

What we don’t know is the reason we all need a mentor. Mentoring is a time- and money-saving strategy useful for developing employees. Organizations can uphold business standards and excel in their success metrics . Mentoring is meant to create results. We need mentors more now and for the next decade than we ever did before. Your mentoring program needs to ramp up now. We are in the midst of a mass exodus of baby boomers leaving the workforce and...

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