There are a lot of factors that go into creating beautiful haircuts and appealing colours for clients. During a typical day at your studio, dozens of people might come through the doors, eager to walk out looking fabulous. Although there is usually a lot of emphasis placed on the work stylists do while sitting on hairdressing stools, don’t forget that the other smaller responsibilities that go into keeping your establishment running smoothly.
Although they may not always be fun, these periodic tasks can make it easier for employees to do their jobs well. Keep reading for a few ideas about how to delegate responsibilities so that everyone pitches in, and no one feels overburdened.
Make Use of Downtime
As a starting point, if stylists are not directly working with clients, ask them to glance around the area and see if anything needs tidying up. This might mean doing something as simple as sweeping up excess strands from the floor, or helping with a more extensive chore, like scrubbing out salon basins that were just used for a colour treatment. The trick is to make these tasks seem like expected parts of job responsibilities, rather than something that’s above and beyond the norm.
Ideally, employees should eventually be excited about taking part in these responsibilities, and realise that it keeps the environment ready for clients. If a stylist would rather not move away too far from his or her station, encourage using free time to replenish frequently used professional salon supplies and clean any brushes, combs or related items so they’re ready for the next customers.
Turn it Into a Team Approach
Keeping things neat can sometimes be easier if everyone lends a hand. Although it’s not practical to leave every chore until the end of the day, consider planning a group cleaning effort once per week, and schedule it during off hours. Once customers have left, turn on some music and keep conversation flowing so the jobs seem as fun as possible.
You could also assign pairs of people to specific areas of the building, and have everyone come together once tasks are complete. If a few people focus on the area around the salon reception desk and others spend time in the section where customers go to get manicures and pedicures, this practice of splitting up the space into manageable chunks makes chores seem less overwhelming.
The small but crucial tasks are ones that sometimes get passed over. Try these suggestions to help employees see that a well-organised workspace is one where productivity can thrive.