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Spa Management Essentials

     Many spa leaders and owners promote a person from their team to department lead or manager, thinking because they are good at what they do, they will also be a good department lead or manager. The question is, "What management training are you providing to ensure success"? In most cases, the spa does not offer structured management training for new managers or leads. This is a big void in most spas. Is it in yours? How skilled are your managers and leads? Have they gone through management training? If not, read 11 Spa Management Essentials. It provides key training topics a new manager or lead should learn and master.

1. Defining the Manager's Role

You promoted someone to spa manager or department lead. Now what? The first step is to define their role. What are their new responsibilities, how will you measure their efforts, and what are their goals? You must give a concise position description so there is clarity and understanding of expectations.

2. Establishing a Solid Spa Management Foundation

Now it's their turn to start managing. They need to establish a solid foundation. Create their department mission, vision, values, goals, and structure. They need to have a success plan and begin developing the team. If your spa has a department manual, great! If not, you should. It's a great training tool to help managers produce the results you seek.

3. Team Management & Communication

Management starts by getting to know the team and how to best communicate with each member. The new manager must conduct a team S.W.O.T. analysis and discover who is on the team. Are they A, B, or C players? A manager is responsible for the team's performance. To ensure their success, the manager must know the ins and outs of how to help each team member excel. In addition, the manager must establish communication methods while realizing the importance of documenting events to keep the business safe and out of legal trouble.

4. Conducting Productive Team Meetings

Conducting a productive team meeting is no small task. It takes preparation, planning the agenda, opening and closing strategies, clear message delivery, and motivation to positively influence the spa team to take action. The new manager must discover the dos and don'ts of how to conduct a productive team meeting. If meetings are not well planned, the manager will lose respect and trust. No one will want to attend future meetings.

5. Coaching the Team

Coaching is a big part of being a spa manager. It's probably the most difficult thing to learn. Becoming a great coach takes a lot of education, practice, skill, and experience. The coach must prepare for coaching sessions and be ready for obstacles that could potentially surface during the session.

6. Team Training

Training is everything!! A manager must have a training curriculum for technical skills and spa business. This is often missing from most spas. In many spas, training consists of having a product vendor conduct training about their products. Training must extend far beyond that. Becoming a great trainer takes skill, practice, and confidence.

7. Building a High Performance Spa Team

To build a high performance spa team a manager must learn how to recruit, interview, and hire the right person. To position new hires for success means doing a proper new hire orientation and training new hires on how to succeed as a member of your team.

8. Managing Spa Team Communication

Spa managers are sometimes in a position where they must have difficult conversations with an employee. These types of conversations must be handled carefully with the right tone, message, and body language. Managing conflict and drama, dealing with negative attitudes, managing gossip or reprimand are not easy tasks. They all require training.

9. Motivating the Team

It's the manager's responsibility to ensure the team is focused, motivated, and producing positive results. The manager must know how to give constructive suggestions, offer empowering opportunities, and be a positive force. A great manager is one who provides frequent feedback while challenging the team to stretch, achieve, and exceed.

10. Successful Spa Management Habits

Developing healthy business habits is a must for all managers. Some of those healthy habits should include conducting monthly performance reviews, coaching and mentoring the team, conducting positive meetings, while continually reaching or exceeding performance and guest satisfaction targets.

11. Understanding Spa Finances

To continue a manager's growth, it is important to teach finance. Whether you have a day spa, medi spa, or resort spa, a manager should manage the department's budget, minimize product cost and team compensation expenses, while tapping into new revenue streams to maximize capacity and profits.

Imagine having a manager that is educated and performs all 11 Spa Management Essentials! How much more successful would your spa be?

Copyright (c) 2013 InSPAration Management

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Dori Soukup is a recognized spa consultant, expert, speaker, coach and author. Dori is the founder and CEO of InSPAration Management, a business firm that specializes in providing business solutions to spa and salon leaders. The firm offers education via CDs, DVDs, Coaching Memberships, Seminars, and more. To learn more, visit

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