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Code of Conduct

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Although there are many spas around the world, each offering a unique experience, they are all devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit. To enjoy your spa experience to the fullest, observe the Code of Conduct, act responsibly and be aware that common sense and personal awareness can help ensure your satisfaction, comfort and safety, as well as that of others.

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Mattison is a world-renowned expert on workforce trends and the generational change we’re currently experiencing in the workforce; his work tracks how shifting demographics will necessitate a new style of leadership. In his book, The War at Work, Mattison details how reimagining leadership and talent management for the 2020s is the key to building stronger, more effective teams.

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Whether recruiting new staff members or trying to reach out to under-represented communities as consumers, how should spas and resource partners break out of their bubble and incorporate diversity into those efforts?

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Traditional hiring and recruiting practices often focus on credentials instead of skills, which means talented individuals who can successfully contribute to companies can be excluded from the process. However, there are several diverse groups–including veterans, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals and young people who have not completed postsecondary education–who could help address this talent gap.

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Esthetician

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The Esthetician administers professional facials, waxing services and more to your guests. They must possess a thorough knowledge of the skin, have excellent facial massage and skin extraction techniques, possess excellent cleanliness and sanitation skills and be willing to train in our spa’s specific facial treatment offerings. They must possess excellent communication skills and be able to learn the product and service knowledge necessary to effectively provide wellness and beauty solutions to meet the needs of your guests. They must hold and maintain a current state license.

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The Fitness Instructor is certified to lead classes and perform personal training sessions and private classes for the guest. As fitness professionals with extensive experience in the fitness field,the Fitness Instructor must be knowledgeable of all fitness offerings at the spa, hold current certifications and have previous experience. They must possess excellent customer services skills in order to provide the highest quality environment and instruction that will meet the needs of our guests in the area of health and exercise.

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IN DECEMBER OF 2020, Dr. Cindy Geyer joined the ISPA community to share with us her professional insights regarding holistic wellness in the spa workplace. A veteran clinician with more than 20 years’ experience at Canyon Ranch Lenox, in Lenox, Massachusetts, Dr. Geyer spoke to ISPA Chairman Patrick Huey about building up resilience to stress and supporting your team’s mental well-being along the way.

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Front Desk Receptionist

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The Spa Front Desk Receptionist is responsible for the reception area at the spa. Includes the greeting of all guests, answering phone calls, assisting guests with questions regarding spa services and products, booking all appointments, checking the guest into the computer system and charging for services performed. Additionally assists with transitional cleaning of locker room and relaxation area as needed.

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Hair Stylist

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The Hair Stylist performs professional cuts, styles, chemical services and therapeutic hair and scalp treatments. They must possess and maintain knowledge of current hairstyles and trends. They must possess excellent cleanliness and sanitation skills and be willing to train in our spa’s specific hair and scalp service offerings (IF APPLICABLE). They must possess excellent communication skills and be able to learn the product and service knowledge necessary to effectively provide beauty solutions to meet the needs of our guests. They must hold and maintain a current state license.

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Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a serious area of concern. As businesses aim to offer wellness experiences, spas are challenged to ensure they are creating a safe and positive environment for both clients and employees. As many employers recognize, adopting proactive measures may prevent harassment from occurring. Please keep in mind the following is a “Best Practices” guide to aid you in creating your own, unique policy that works best for your business.

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Harassment in the workplace, including sexual harassment, has become a serious area of concern.  As businesses aim to offer wellness experiences, spas are challenged to ensure they are creating a safe and positive environment for both clients, employees, and other third parties. 

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Have you ever come across a rock star employee in your work place? A rock star team member is one who strives for excellence, welcomes new ideas, brings fresh perspective to the table, plays well with the team but leads with accountability and, at the end of the day, gets things done because results matter. 

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Interview Questions

Article | Category: Human Resources

Looking for new ways to learn more about job candidates during the interview process? ISPA members shared their favorite interview questions in a previous ISPA Snapshot Survey. You are sure to find some thought-provoking conversation starters for your next interview here.

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SPA INDUSTRY LEADERS are often quick to point out all the ways in which their colleagues have supported their growth and played key roles in the success of their careers. Many can even cite a particular individual whose impact is greater than the rest. In some cases, these formative relationships happen by chance, but spa leaders seeking to foster growth in their teams, retain top employees and achieve their spas’ performance goals cannot simply place their trust in serendipity. Formal mentoring programs, though, can take luck out of the equation and help spas reach new heights.

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Makeup Artist

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The Makeup Artist provides consultation and application services in the art of makeup application. They must possess and maintain knowledge of current makeup trends. They should have a broad understanding of color symmetry/coordination and understand the use and effects of different textures (frost, shimmer, etc.) They must possess a good eye for detail and style and have the ability to create an image for the guest's needs/social event using different makeup colors, textures and application techniques. They must possess a technical understanding of product ingredients to minimize/avoid allergic reactions. They must possess excellent cleanliness and sanitation skills. They must have excellent communication skills and be able to learn the product and service knowledge necessary to effectively provide beauty solutions to meet the needs of our guests.

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Massage Therapist

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The Massage Therapist administers professional massage and body treatments to guests. They must have a thorough knowledge of numerous massage modalities, possess a general understanding of body treatments and be willing to train in the spa’s specific massage and body treatment offerings. They must possess excellent communication skills and be able to learn the product and service knowledge necessary to effectively provide wellness solutions to meet the needs of your guests. They must hold and maintain a current state license.

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As the world returns to normal after the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spa industry will rebound. Pent-up demand for travel and soothing human touch will bring business back to spas and resource partners, even if consumers are demanding different treatments, clearer hygiene standards and greater transparency than before.

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Many people who enter the spa industry see themselves as healers by nature, whether they are working as a practitioner or creating products that are sold in a spa. That strong desire to help and take care of people is often the common thread between spa managers and vendors. When it comes to employees’ mental well-being, however, spa leaders must balance that impulse with a clear understanding of the limits of their role and the ability to recognize when employees may be best served by outside resources.

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Nail Technician

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The Nail Technician performs professional nail, hand and foot treatments. They must possess a thorough knowledge of the nails, including a basic knowledge of hand and foot massage techniques and a neat application of polish. They must possess excellent cleanliness and sanitation skills and be willing to train in the spa’s specific nail service offerings. They must possess excellent communication skills and be able to learn the product and service knowledge necessary to effectively provide beauty solutions to meet the needs of our guests. They must hold and maintain a current state license.

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