Creative Employee Incentives
I haven’t heard much talk about the economy lately – hopefully, that’s because your salon has been slammed with spring customers and there’s no sign of depression (economic or otherwise).
Based on discussions on TanToday.com, many salon owners are doing great business; however, they’ve had to make adjustments in staffing, typically cutting employees or their hours – and working more shifts themselves.
If you find yourself struggling to boost morale or unable to offer your employees raises or other financial perks, an article I found may help. It suggests taking a creative approach to employee incentives. Some of the ideas include:
• Making sure you are verbally encouraging and praising employees
• Looking for opportunities to flex work hours, give an extended lunch without docking pay, or grant extra time off to a valuable employee, especially when a unique need comes up
• Considering a “group perk” you may be able to barter for or obtain at a reasonable rate – gym privileges, movie passes, etc.
• Bringing staff along to regional training events – although it’s a one-time expense, it can speak volumes to the employee, and you’re likely to end up getting a great return on investment back at the salon.
One business owner developed a community garden at his business for employees and hosts a weekly cookout with fun contests. Another simply formed a book club for the staff.
Although nothing speaks louder than money, when finances get tight, make sure you’re doing something to help employees feel connected and appreciated. As entrepreneur John Thedford, who wrote ‘Smart Moves Management’ says, when it comes to your staff, “You have to hold them together with leadership and culture.”
The Vancouver Sun: Small businesses use book clubs, barbecues to retain staff