Employee ManagementOperationsTechnology

IoT, AI, AGI, WTF

Taylor Romero has a dream of how technology is going to organize his time in the near future, and he shared that dream at this year’s conference. It goes something like this: his wife, Beccy, who co-owns Spruce Barbers with Taylor in Denver, Co, will get a notification from their …

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Incentives that Dare Stylists to be Fabulous, too

The most valuable asset in our salon, like every other salon or spa in the US, is our team. To ensure progressive growth and consistent performance at Salon Jaylee, we restructured our incentives program. Over the 15-year course of our incentives program, we have offered a variety of benefits to …

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Is Your Leadership a Thermometer or a Thermostat?

The success of any salon is absolutely predicated on the role played by the manager and their abilities to lead, as well as their attitude towards leading. We all know this. As managers, it may be easy to tell others what to do, but it’s rarely the most effective way …

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EducationEmployee Management

Understanding Performance Through Employee Demand

The wild card in the beauty industry has always been the human element. It is the biggest hurdle to expanding from a few salons to hundreds. One off-the-cuff remark to a client or a bad choice by a mediocre manager and the business could face a huge setback, with any …

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Time is the ultimate luxury

We are witnessing a seismic shift in attitudes, leading to a new paradigm, according to a huge survey carried out by whom and when in Europe and North America. It questioned 5,000 participants and found the number one way to happiness was to buy back some time. We are all …

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Getting the Right People is Only the Beginning

Possibly the greatest challenge facing the industry is the recruitment and retention of staff. But for some companies, such as Design 1 Salon Spa in Michigan, it is less of a problem. Next Generation council member Graham Walt, Director of Salon Development & Education of Design 1, shares what he …

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Taking Our Training Online

The development and launch in early 2017 of a Ratner in-house app gave us the perfect vehicle to roll out online education to the devices on which the majority of our associates were most active – their smartphones. It became clear to the organization some years ago that Millennials and …

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Employee ManagementOperations

Defending Non-Compete Contracts

The impact of having a successful stylist or therapist abruptly announce her departure for greener pastures can be catastrophic. In the best-case scenario, there is suddenly a gaping hole in the team and clients are queuing up for services; worst case, she takes her clients and even tempts others on …

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Is Your Business Future-Proof?

Disruptions are happening quickly in all industries, the future of work belongs to companies and people in the companies who are the most agile, and innovative. The problems of today and the future will not be solved with past solutions. What is required is a new way of thinking, being …

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Measuring Performance

The wild card in the beauty industry has always been the human element. It is the biggest hurdle to expanding from a few salons to hundreds. One off-the-cuff remark to a client or a bad choice by a mediocre manager and the business could face a huge setback, with any …

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