Create Salon Staff Meetings That Your Team Will Want to Attend
Hold your meetings in the morning
It’s been proven that mornings are the best time for people to be most alert and receptive to learning. Mornings also prove optimum for retaining information, so if you want the most out of your team, hold salon meetings in the morning. I recommend scheduling them in the morning before the salon opens, or setting aside an hour during the week so that the salon can open an hour later. Don’t hold meetings on days that the salon is closed. People need their time off, and asking them to come in on their day off doesn’t usually make for happy team members. Keep meetings to an hour if you can, unless that is not realistic due to the staff size.
Stick to a meeting agenda template
Keeping to the same timed agenda creates consistency at meetings and saves time from having the meeting go awry. A meeting template also lets the team know what to expect and may help them to prepare for engaging.
Provide snacks: it means more than you think
Offering the staff something to eat speaks volumes. It shows that you care and that you took the extra effort to provide something for them. Food also adds a social aspect to the meeting: it makes it feel like the meeting is not just about business, but a little camaraderie as well.
Rotate meeting leaders
It’s important to allow team members to run the meetings. This empowers the team to take accountability and sets the standard for coworkers, not only for attendance but also for the support of each other on their meeting presentations. Try a voluntary signup sheet or draw names to find out who will host the next meeting.
Let every voice be heard
It is important for everyone to feel that they have a voice at the table. Go around the room and let each person speak for a minute or two if they have the need. This is not to open the floor to get off topic, but to send the message that the leadership respects the voice of each individual.
This can be a quick game or activity that allows the staff to engage with each other to build camaraderie. This can be something as simple as staff members passing around their favorite product and sharing why they like it. This creates bonding and again empowers them to speak and feel their contribution as a part of the team.
Management speaks last
Management should speak last because this allows time to listen and take notes on all the staff concerns and/or issues. Speaking last also provides extra time to process topics as the meeting proceeds, so management can offer some constructive guidance or insight at the close of the meeting.