Are You an Obsessive Compulsive Salon Owner?
As a salon owner, you need to have control of your place of business. There are certain things that need to be taken care of each and every day in order to keep your business functioning. But maybe lately you’ve noticed your employees asking you to leave them alone during the day. Or maybe they seem more annoyed than usual.
If you aren’t sure what it is, and you personally have seemed more distraught and busy than ever, then we think that you could be suffering from OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder.
The Tell-Tale Signs
Being and OCD owner can be a good thing at times: having an organized workspace and a well-oiled machine within your salon can create a very successful environment. But there are signs that you could be taking the obsession too far.
Taking Over Someone’s Work
If you’ve been walking around the salon and continuously getting your hands into their work, you are suffering from OCD. This could mean that you won’t let your stylists fill out the book, ring people through, make sales, sweep, etc. There are lots of ways that you could be getting in the way – and none of them are helpful at all.
Noting to Death
Have you given out tasks to your leaders in your office? Have you consistently obsessed about each of those tasks, worrying the leaders into thinking that they aren’t doing them right, and then ultimately did that task yourself? Giving constructive feedback is one thing. But constantly critiquing and hovering over them as they do that task is not constructive – it’s obsessive.
Having a well organized office is great! Every workplace needs to be organized. But when you’re working on the 3rd towel fold of the day, or have revised the handbook you give to employees for a 4th time that month, it can get unnerving for your staff. This is a great example of OCD.
How to Remedy Your Compulsive Behaviour
If you have micromanaged your staff into a corner, you don’t need to panic. Maybe your salon wasn’t doing so great last quarter so you want to right the ship yourself. That’s a natural reaction. However, your micromanagement style isn’t going to create a thriving business at all. If you’d like to break free from your OCD, here are some things you can do:
Instead of insisting on doing the task yourself, allow your team leaders to take it on. Hovering over them doesn’t show leadership – it shows fear, which creates a work environment that isn’t as confident in the business overall.
Be Reassuring and Helpful
Instead of worrying about tasks that need to be done, put that energy to good use. Train your staff to be the best stylists they can be. By coaching your staff, you allow them to be more creative. This forms a culture within your salon, which in turn attracts great employees and clients alike.
Worrying about small issues means you aren’t seeing the big picture. Running a salon is a full-time job. You need to ensure that all of the moving parts are moving the same direction. You have very capable employees – they know what they’re doing without your help. You need to focus on larger matters at hand, like bills, marketing, salaries, etc.
Obsessive owners are everywhere, but you don’t have to be one. By simply letting go and putting your trust in your employees, you can ensure that your business keeps growing. It’s amazing what your salon can do when you let everyone do their job!