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Huffington Post: Gina Rivera on Break Rooms in the Salon

Sherrie Wilson

Break rooms are an area that we are all accustomed to having in the workplace. Break rooms can definitely serve a purpose by providing a place that you can get something to eat, an area to warm up food and even a location to catch your breath away from your client. However, there is also a downside to them that often goes unacknowledged.

There are times that the break room can be an area of salon drama rather than a good work environment. They can serve as a place where time and money are being wasted, especially if too much time is spent hanging out in them. These situations can be created by minor misunderstandings, a bad tone or just one individual having general dislike for another. Often this is where stories get started and, before you know it, things can escalate and be out of control. Even items that we may see as harmless can sometimes turn into misinformation.

Always be mindful of how much time you are spending in the breakroom. I personally always found it helpful and invigorating to eat outside. This works great if the weather is nice. Another choice to consider is taking a 30 minute break out of your day to leave and get something quickly to eat and complete an errand.

I also recommend trying to have some downtime go through your schedules and make any changes if needed. Rather than hanging out in the breakroom, you can also opt to clean your work area. Make a list of small tasks that need to get finished and knock them out daily during the time that you would spend in the break area. For example, go through your products or retail shelves and see if anything needs reordering, look at magazines to find new and fresh ideas or get rid of old things that are filling up space. .My point is to be mindful of how much time you are spending in areas that are not very productive. Remember, in this industry time is money and we all want to be happy and financially productive!

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