How to keep your team happy and your business out of hot water – the HR podcast with Carol Warne.
Welcome to episode three of the Business of Style podcast. This one’s a game-changer for all you salon, spa, and barbershop owners out there. Our host, Greg Robins, chatted with Carol Warne, an HR expert with more than two decades of experience.
Why You Should Care About HR
First off, let’s get one thing straight: HR isn’t just about hiring and firing people. Carol says it’s about the whole package—from the moment you hire someone to the day they leave. And it’s not just paperwork; it’s about keeping your team happy and your business out of hot water.
No More Handshake Deals
If you’re still sealing employee agreements with a handshake, it’s time to step up your game. Carol insists that you need a solid, legal employee agreement. This isn’t just a formality; it’s your safeguard for spelling out roles, pay, and even how to keep your client list safe.
Chair Renters Are Not Your Employees
Seen more chair renters in salons lately? You’re not alone. But Carol warns that you’ve got to keep a clear line between these renters and your actual employees. Mix them up, and you could be looking at a tax nightmare.
Keep Your Clients Close
Ever worry about your star stylist taking all their clients to a new salon? A non-compete clause can help you sleep better. But Carol says to keep it reasonable; you can’t ban someone from working in the entire city.
Payroll Isn’t Just Math
When it comes to paying your team, Carol says clarity is key. Whether it’s hourly, salary, or commission, make sure it’s all spelled out in the employee agreement. And don’t forget—you’ve got to stick to employment laws.
Reviews Aren’t Just for Yelp
Carol is big on regular check-ins with your team. Forget the once-a-year awkward sit-down; keep the lines of communication open year-round. It’s better for everyone and helps you nip any issues in the bud.
Perks That Make People Stay
Want to keep your team happy and sticking around? Carol suggests flexible scheduling and opportunities for professional growth. In an industry where late hours are the norm, a little flexibility can go a long way.
So there you have it, folks! HR might seem like a snooze, but get it right, and it can make a world of difference for your business. Carol’s wisdom is pure gold for anyone running a salon, spa, or barbershop.
Want more? Beauty Council members can snag a 20-minute chat with Carol. Learn more here.
Don’t miss this episode; it’s packed with tips and tricks to make your HR game strong. Tune in and level up your beauty biz