Employees can make or break a company. Whether you are running a small yoga studio or a Fortune 500 company, having effective teams can be influential to your business’s success. From ideas on how to lead a team effectively, to cultivating your interview process to ensure employees are the right fit before hiring them onto your staff, here are three ways to build an effective team at your yoga studio.


Hone Your Hiring Process

Building an effective studio team starts with the hiring process. When you are bringing a new person to your team, there are many ways to make the most of the application process to make sure this person is a good fit. Monster.com suggests the following pro tips for how to hire employees:

  • Vet Employees Thoroughly: Making a good hire often means going beyond flipping through resumes and a short interview. Asking applicants for references, a portfolio, videos, or any other examples of their work and abilities can help you grasp a better idea of their skill set.
  • Attitude Versus Skill: Some candidates have a huge breadth of knowledge and skill. Other candidates may have less experience, but also have a great attitude and the potential to learn and grow with some training. If you have found a candidate you really like who has the attitude and aptitude to learn, it may be worth it to hire and train them, rather than hiring someone with more skill but who will not work as well with your team.
  • How Will This Person Serve Your Team? When building a team in your yoga studio, think of how your new hire will serve the team as a whole. Does this person have a skillset no one else on staff has? Will they get along well with your other staff members? Thinking of how a new hire will not only fill an empty position, but how they will enhance your team as a whole is a great way to build an effective team.

Listen

In Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey advises readers to “seek first to understand, then be understood.” He believes too many people communicate only with the intention of getting their point across. When you instead approach communication with the intent to take in what the other person is trying to communicate you will get the best results in business and in life.

Listening to your staff may sound simple, but actively listening to your team members can be hugely beneficial to your business. This can be as simple as making sure your staff feels comfortable voicing their opinions with you, and opening up the floor for staff to share feedback about idea for improvement and innovation at the studio.

Lead With a Mission Vision

A company’s mission articulates why they exist. A company’s vision outlines where they hope to go and what they hope to achieve moving forward. Whether you run a global brand or a small yoga studio, studies show that employees are more motivated when their leader has a strong sense of mission and vision. For your yoga studio, this can be rooted in why you started your studio, what you hope the studio brings to other people, or anything else that motivates your team to do what you do. To shape your yoga studio’s vision, try some of the following:

  • Clearly Articulate and Understand Your Vision: Clearly articulating your vision is an easy first step to putting a vision into action in the workplace. Is the goal of your studio to inspire healthy lifestyles in all of your students? Is your goal to create new and different yoga classes for yogis of a certain age group or other niche classes? Whatever your studio’s vision, have clear idea of both what it is and why it is important.
  • Communicate Your Mission and Vision Through Multiple Channels: Communicating your studio’s vision in a number of ways to your students and teachers can help to ensure your vision and mission are understood. This may mean creating classes centered around your yoga philosophy, building your studio’s brand around your mission, and even sharing these types of messages across social media.
  • Put Your Vision Into Action: To lead with a vision, your mission should be more than just a statement; it should be something your team and students see everyday. Take this vision into action in big and small ways. If your studio’s mission is to fuel healthy and sustainable lifestyles, take on sustainability practices in your studio. If your studio thrives to foster holistic health, find ways to incorporate healthy recipes and good food choices to put this vision into action. Taking words your studio stands behind and turning them into actions is a concrete way to lead a team of any kind.

Running a yoga studio is no small task, but there are many ways to make opening a yoga studio a little easier. Ready for the next step? Try creating your own yoga website.

Megan Herndon
Author

Megan is a Seattle-based writer who covers health and wellness. She has worked in content marketing and journalism for a number of organizations including The Seattle Globalist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and The Jakarta Globe. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Washington and is currently working on her second UW degree, a Master of Communication and Digital Media. Born and raised in Hawaii and currently embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle, Megan loves all things active and outdoors including hiking, camping, outrigger canoe paddling, and yoga.

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