Mindfulness is a phrase that is often used, but what is it and how can it benefit your salon or spa? Simply put, mindfulness is a when we actively become aware of ourselves and thoughts in that moment, without additional judgement. It is important you take steps to practice mindful techniques to help your team, your business and ultimately your revenue. Here’s how.
Take time to breathe and relieve stress
Your staff’s wellbeing directly impacts your salon or spa’s performance, which is why it’s vital to look after them. The first step is to safely identify and manage stress in the workplace, as this can create barriers in your team’s performance. Stress can often manifest as a headache, forgetfulness or being withdrawn, but can be tackled using methods of mindfulness.
There are plenty of techniques your team can use to decompress. One of these is to stop what they’re doing for one minute, close their eyes and listen to their breathing. This helps them focus on the moment and melt away current pressures. Scheduling time between treatments is an easy and effective way to do this, helping staff to relieve stress and remain focused.
Motivate your team with mindfulness techniques
Not only can mindfulness de-stress your team, it can create a clear mind to help motivate them. There are various mindfulness techniques you could promote in your salon or spa to help with this, such as our five ways to be mindful. Alternatively, you could encourage members to focus on the colour, feel and details of someone’s hair when washing it, or during a massage. No matter the case, this will help clear your staff’s mind, motivate them to keep going throughout the day, and increase productivity.
Mindfulness improves communication
A clear mind helps with communication, making sure everyone is on the same page to work together efficiently. There are plenty of communication-style mindfulness techniques to help with this too. For example, you could make the first two minutes of your team meetings silent. This gives everyone time to arrive and think before you speak with them about the day or week ahead. Similarly, you could do the same for the end, giving them time to breathe before their day starts.
Once your team are tending to clients, they can communicate effectively to create the perfect consultation and perfectly retail to clients in the salon or spa.
Silent appointments for mindfulness
There are other ways of introducing silence as a way for staff to reflect. Silent appointments offer a way for more socially anxious clients to book an appointment to support their mental wellbeing, in addition to your staff’s. This works by scheduling out a set time during the week where clients can book silent appointments with your team. Ultimately, this provides a much-needed breather for a longer period of time, creating a stress-free environment for all.
Cleanliness creates a welcome environment
Decluttering the salon or spa will open up the environment and help staff focus, according to A Tidy Mind. This mindfulness technique removes the clutter around us that causes distraction. So, by making sure the team tuck away tools and clean areas beyond just equipment, you can ensure a clean and welcoming environment. A similar effect occurs when decluttering staff areas, which will help the team relax during their breaks and remain focused.
Mindfulness techniques will help your team focus, boost productivity and communicate effectively to ultimately increase revenue. Salon by Premier Software® and Core by Premier Software® can also help staff be more mindful by scheduling out internal appointments, creating silent appointments, and run reports to view productivity and revenue.
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