Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1 - (Page 25)

A Wish for BY AMY DREW THOMPSON WELLNESS HEALTHY HABITS CAN PAY BIG REWARDS E ven to professionals in an industry built on the idea of taking care of oneself, “wellness” can sound a little contrived, especially when so many salons (and yes, schools) pay only lip service to the practice. From junk food in break room vending machines to attendance policies that leave staffers overworked and rife for stress, most operations could do better by their people—the industry’s greatest resource. So, what to do? The rationale behind wellness programs is to set up participants for success. Statistics show they’re linked to greater job satisfaction and productivity, not to mention the reduction of health care costs. That’s a win-win. Are you doing enough to ensure the health of your staff and leading students toward habits they’ll carry with them? Charles Riser, dean and operations leader who, along with wife Sharon, runs The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partner School in Frederick, Md., grew up in a beauty industry where most salons didn’t budget in things such as vacation, sick time or health benefits. “If you weren’t behind the chair, you weren’t making money,” he says. “That puts an enormous amount of strain on people.” As a school, The Temple’s policy is to encourage staffers to “keep one foot in,” says Riser. “Meaning we encourage educators to work in salons if they can, so the skill sets they bring back to our students are current and viable. Our goal, after all, is to prepare graduates for careers, not just get them through the boards.” In order to ensure that staffers give 100 percent, the Risers felt an obligation to address the very real needs in their lives. Over time, they’ve incorporated several wellness programs into their operation, practices they see returns on every day. In turn, students learn that healthy habits can pay big rewards. “This industry can wear you down if you don’t take care of yourself. Many stylists don’t get lunch or dinner breaks—meals are candy bars and soda. Instilling good habits now will prepare them for a lifetime of standing on their feet holding dryers, irons, scissors and brushes. Our goal is to set them up for ‘salon reality,’” Riser said. Many stylists don’t get lunch or dinner breaks—meals are candy bars and soda. Instilling good habits now will prepare them for a lifetime of standing on their feet holding dryers, irons, scissors and brushes. The Losers’ Club is designed to help students and staffers lose weight and get fit, and it begins with what they put into their bodies. “We found a company called H.U.M.A.N. that works on a national level to put organic, healthy-alternative snack machines into schools… believe me, when it’s the only option, they will purchase plenty of it,” Riser added. Additionally, The Temple provides the option for anyone to work with a diet professional to map out choices and occasionally hosts classes—such as yoga or aerobics—on-site. continued on page 26 Learn More The online course ML136 - Stress Management is now available on the AACS Online Training Center at www.aacstraining.org. Members call AACS at 800-831-1086 for your VIP Discount Code. Visit the following URL to learn more about this course: http://bit.ly/BeautyLinkML136. BE AUT YLIN K | BACK T O BAS IC S | 20 1 3 | 25 http://www.aacstraining.org http://www.bit.ly/BeautyLinkML136 http://www.naylornetwork.com/bsa-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 1

Message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
Consider this
In-Depth Report
Be Your Best Educator
Superstar graduates
A Wish for Wellness
Beauty changes lives
Perception Is Reality
Step by step
Veterans and Our Industry
Do You Manage or Lead
Multicultural corner
What’s in a Grade?
Basics of Beauty School Budgeting
A Little Friendly Competition
A student’s perspective
Reality Check
And then there’s compliance
Beauty School Boot Camp
Associate member profiles
People & places
New products & services
Upcoming 2013 events
New school members
Index to advertisers
Advertisers.com

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