Low-Cost Employee Incentives Your Salon Should Be Implementing

Low-Cost Employee Incentives Your Salon Should Be Implementing<br />

How To Maintain Employee Retention

Employee retention is crucial when it comes to running a successful business, and retaining employees in the salon business goes hand in hand with client retention. If you want to keep your clients coming back, you also need to be sure you are keeping your staff motivated. If you work to keep your staff happy, your customers and clients are more likely to receive better service. Happy staff, happy client, happy life or however that saying goes! 

Whilst it’s important to offer monetary incentives like competitive salaries and bonuses to keep your staff on their A-game, there are also a bunch of low-cost incentives you can offer to help keep your employees around for the long haul. 

These are the top ways we think you can keep your employees happy and motivated without having to drop a significant amount of cash.

Make sure to appreciate their hard work

You may be amazed how far a simple “thank-you” will go to keeping your employees happy and motivated. It’s important to make sure you’re taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate your employees’ hard work to them personally, and to the wider team. Think of doing shoutouts in weekly staff meetings or in the staff group chat or write them a note showing them you see their effort and you appreciate their work. Sometimes the most simple forms of recognition can help your employees feel valued, helping to improve your employee retention in the long run. 

Be flexible and understanding with rosters

There’s one thing you can do that will help keep your staff around for the long run and that’s being flexible with rosters. Allow your staff to swap shifts, move appointments or adjust their rosters to accommodate their personal needs and appointments. Our easy to use rostering system is able to keep your employees (and you!) well informed about your salons often changing rosters. Our rostering system allows your employees to have their notifications switched on so they can be informed in real time about any potential changes to their upcoming rosters. Be sure to have an understanding and open line of communication that allows your staff to come to you with any concerns about their rostering. 

Our Simple Salon booking software is a great way to monitor any appointment changes from wherever you are so you can stay on top of any changes to your staff schedule. Understanding your employees have lives outside of work hours, and trying to help accommodate your employees personal lives is a surefire way to improve morale in your salon.

Invest in your employees growth

Foster a positive learning environment for your employees by providing them with opportunities for training and development. This may be workshops, seminars or online courses, but remember you don’t have to break the bank! Organise training days where senior staff help teach juniors new skills or run a training session yourself once a month for your employees. Showing you have a genuine interest in your employees career progression and growth is key to making them feel important, appreciated and valued. 

Offer employee discounts and perks

Everyone loves a discount, and offering employee discounts and perks is a great way to show your staff you appreciate their hard work. Whether it’s discounted products, cheaper services or something else entirely, employee discounts and perks help to keep your staff happy whilst also encouraging loyalty to your business! It’s a win-win!

Prioritise their overall wellbeing

Keeping your staff happy and healthy includes looking out for their general health and wellbeing. You can do this by offering mental health support, allowing for a set number of mental health days, providing healthy snacks and drinks or by partnering up with a local gym to offer employees cheaper memberships. Keeping your staff happy includes keeping them healthy, and a happy, healthy employee is far more likely to stick with your business long term!

Allow your team to level up

Give your employees clear pathways on how they can advance their career and level up within your salon. Whether that’s through promotions, leadership roles or added responsibilities, giving your employees something tangible to work onwards is a great way to keep your employees motivated and committed to your salon. When a staff member knows there is an opportunity to level up their career they are far more likely to stay with your salon long term!  

Keep Your Staff In It For The Long Haul!

Keeping your staff at your salon long term doesn’t have to be expensive, and implementing low-cost initiatives is a perfect way to help keep your staff happy and improve your employee retention. Work to motivate your staff and build a team of loyal staff members that can help your business grow long term.