attitude filters from the top. if the expectations and rules are explained from the beginning and the owner, manager (whomever is responsible) enforces them across the board, and there are consequences for non-team actions/attitudes then there will be positive results. so to your query i'd say there are people like this in EVERY walk of life. if spoiled bratty attitudes are allowed, why should they change?
I've been saying the same thing on here for years and everytime I do, I get slammed for it. Everyone jumps on me and says that I'm being ridiculous. I'm glad that someone else sees what I've seen. And it's not just in her salon. It's in most salons.
Another thing, I don't understand how many people will trash the chains because they make them stay at work when they aren't doing hair, or they make them clean up after themselves, or they enforce the rules, BUT M2 here states basically that a proper salon needs rules and structure.
No M2, I'm not saying you ever trashed chains or anything, just using your post here as an example. Didn't want you to think I was saying something I'm not.
But why is it that people can see problem employees who act like children in a salon like this and pass it off, but if the same employee is in a chain then they say the whole chain is bad because they hire people like this.
How can someone say that there needs to b e rules and discipline and everyone needs to know the consequenses of their actions in this salon, but if we do the same at a chain salon then we get bad mouthed for being MEAN and BOSSY.
I don't get the difference.
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Oh god yeah!!..Stylists are the worst when it comes to attitude and professionalism. That's not to say there aren't stylists who are mature and professional. There are. Unfortunately there are more "know it alls" and "immature head cases" than anything, and yes..it is like this where ever you go.
I too have found that most salons breed an environment of negativity, gossip, back-stabbing, and cattiness.. and much of it is indeed due to the attitude from the top/owner.
I feel it's hard to find a salon that is well run when the owner is a stylist rather than biz person because many times they are working behind the chair, and dont make time to sufficiently run a place.
The key is to get a good feel for a place before you start by having a friend or two go in there for you to scope it out..
Also, maintain your boundaries so that people won't walk over you, stab you in the back, or expect too much of you. I made the mistake of referring a good friend of mine to work at the salon I worked at. Once she started working with me, our friendship slowly fell apart when she sided with other employees/stylists behind my back. The issues I had at the time were: 1.) I was out sick and my "friend" and the owner decided to move my station without my knowledge (thx for looking out for me friend!).. And 2.) when a new stylist went on the floor, my "friend" advised the owner that my "time was up" in regards to getting new clients and that the new stylist should get them all. I feel that the owner shouldnt be asking stylists for biz advice.. To me this was ludicrous because Ive been with the salon for 2 yrs and am still building. I understand I no longer will get all newbies, and understand the new stylist needs to build, but why not come up with a fair formula for allocating the newbies? Well no one else that i worked with besides the owner understood my pov so i felt very alienated for a while. But had to stick to my guns.
Anyway, my point to all this is.. it's hard to find professional people in such an industry because most dont work in the "real world" and most dont have much of an education.. but they are out there. So dont sell yourself short. And dont compromise your integrity for others because you never know what they'll do to you, or behind your back! No one cares about your biz as much as YOU!
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