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Top 3 Reasons to Short Shift Your Staff

Every successful salon is running on the backs of its staff.

These are the heroes that can transform all your clients into divas in a few hours. From highlights to nails, they can do it all.

All those hours on the feet, an immaculate attention to detail, and let's not forget the finesse required to do the job right - their work can take its toll.

So if you'd like to ensure that your staff stays on top of their game, and your salon is run efficiently at the same time - here is a simple solution: Short Shifting.

Short Shift Your Staff

'Short Shifting' is a term that means you don’t schedule long hours for your staff. If they aren't booked solid for a day, let them go home after their work is done.

Basically, their shifts needn't be a rigorous eight hours, especially when they don't have anything to do. While it's always important to keep someone in for those late walk-ins, not everyone needs to stick around.

Here the top 3 reasons to short shift your staff.

1. Reduced Idleness

No more twiddling thumbs as those stylists stand around with nothing better to do.

As idleness is reduced, they are less likely to feel lazy and bored.

After all, idleness is the salon's worst enemy. Can you imagine a customer walking in and seeing a stylist yawn? She'll walk right back out of that door instead!

So now your employees will be constantly doing what they do best. And everyone knows a busy salon is more likely to get more business than a quiet one!

People flock to the guys with the most clients instead of those with nothing else to do. This gives you a sense of professionalism as those customers realize that you know your stuff.

That doesn’t mean your staff can’t take breaks.  It just means they won’t be sitting around for hours with nothing to do.

2. Improve Productivity

Timely breaks ensures maximum productivity. Overworked staff are more likely to make mistakes than those who are fresh and energized.

That's why never-ending work days will probably leave you with disgruntled clients and a door in your face. So keep those customers coming in instead as your staff stays engaged without exhaustion.

This business requires talent, finesse, and alertness. The best way to ensure this is by giving your staff their due. If your employees are well rested, they are more likely to perform their best when called to action.

Plus, happy employees are also more likely to turn up and work hard on days that ask for it. So give them a break, and they will be able to work better than ever before when need arises!

3. Happy Staff

Who doesn’t appreciate some extra free time?

The most important benefit of short shifting is that it reminds your staff that you care. They work hard, so it's about time that they get a much-deserved break. By making it easy on slow days, they are more likely to bring it for the grueling ones.

After all, your employees have lives too. Short shifting will give them some time to focus on other things that are important to them.

And if you didn't realize it - this is the secret to preventing burnout. Often working at one thing day in and day out (even if they love it) people are bound to begin resenting it at some point. Even the best of hairdressers can turn into a sour disaster.

Instead, by cutting them some slack (without compromising on their pay, of course), you're more likely to retain and harness your best talents.

Best of all, this will also give you an edge over your competitors as more and more professionals will want to work for you. The better talent you have, the more successful you will be!

So why compromise when it's a win-win for everyone?

Do You Short Shift?

If you've already given this a try or are planning to do so soon, let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below. We'd love to hear your take on it!