A new leisure job 4 better hours?

You may still enjoy your leisure job but are finding it hard to make your job fit into your life. If your life has changed in a major way because of children, caring responsibilities, or changing health you may need to rethink your work-life balance.

A new leisure job 4 better hours

Whether you need more predictable hours, or just want to work less weekends, speak to your boss. If they refuse to accommodate your needs, then maybe it’s time to start looking for someone who will.

Some jobs in leisure can’t be done at sociable hours, but the skills you have learnt as a leisure assistant, lifeguard, or therapist can help you transfer to a more family-friendly schedule. Or maybe a job in the evenings and weekends is what you need to fit in around something such as studying. Either way, changing jobs to get better hours to suit you is a common reason for leisure professionals to consider a move.

Flexible working

All employees have the right to request flexible working, not just those with children or other caring responsibilities. Your employer is obligated to deal with your request in a ‘reasonable manner’, and has every right to turn down the application for flexible working if they have a good business reason for doing so. You must have been working for the employer for 26 weeks before you can make an application and can only make one application every 12 months.

Flexible working can include part-time working rather than full-time, working from home when possible, job-sharing, or flexitime. These types of working may be a burden on the business and create extra costs or require staff reorganisation but employers have to give them serious consideration.

There is more information on flexible working at https://www.gov.uk/flexible-working

What employers can do

Losing experienced staff is a blow to any business, but for those businesses that are built on human interaction losing a skilled pair of hands can affect customer satisfaction and result in reduced custom. Losing a skilled beauty therapist to a competitor for example, means you’re not only losing the staff member but also any loyal customers they take with them. Losing a member of staff can make all your training and development efforts seem like a waste of time and money, not to mention the cost of having to recruit (and train and develop all over again) a replacement.

If an employee approaches you with a request for flexible working then it can be a sign that their current working arrangements are not suiting them. If you can’t or won’t consider their requests for a change in their hours, then there is a good chance that they will go and look for something else more suitable. Often, the employee doesn’t want to leave but commitments outside of work force their hand.

Working with the employee to find a better way forward will keep them with you for longer and reduce the costs that can be associated with staff turnover. You may not be able to accommodate all of their requests, but even meeting them in part can pay dividends.

A member of staff may be wanting more family-friendly hours to fit in around school. They might want to work less weekends and make the time up during the week. This is fine if your weekly demand isn’t lower than on weekends, but for many leisure jobs this isn’t the case, and there may not be enough work to do on weekdays to make this a viable option for you as a business. Rather than saying no, how about a compromise where the staff member simply reduces their hours so they don’t have to do regular weekends? This would be better than losing the staff member altogether, and you still have them on board to do the odd weekend when you are especially busy. Or maybe you can find them things to do during the week which uses their skills and knowledge to benefit your business in other ways, such as carrying out marketing and promotional work, or helping to train newer employees.

How you accommodate employees wanting to work more flexibly is up to you and how it fits in with your business, however you do have an obligation to take requests seriously, and being able to accommodate an experienced and otherwise committed employee can do wonders for morale and staff loyalty.

What you can do if your employer says no

If your employer has seriously considered your request and genuinely cannot accommodate it due to the demands of your particular job, then you can do many things.

First of all, can you make changes in your personal life which makes your working life more feasible? Is there anyone who can help with caring responsibilities more often, or even someone you can pay to do what you need to do back home? It can be that you can earn more in the time than you pay someone else to do essential domestic or caring tasks.

Consider re-training in a related job that will have different demand on your hours. Ask your colleagues who seem to have more family-friendly hours how they got their job and see if it could be a viable option for you. For example, we have seen beauty therapists take post 16 teaching qualifications and land jobs as college tutors. Not only do these jobs tend to be weekdays only, but they can often be better paid too.

Lastly, you could just shop around for a more understanding employer with a better flexible working policy. With flexible working policies being a big draw for more experienced staff who are sometimes willing to sacrifice high pay for better working hours, more and more companies are jumping on board with flexible working.

Better hours in leisure jobs

Working sociable hours in leisure jobs may seem sometimes to be a pipe dream, but if you find your work-life balance is tipping over the edge, then talking about your concerns with your employer should be your first step.

Get in touch with us if you need a leisure job that fits in with your life.

A new leisure job 4 a change of scenery?

Are you getting fed up of the same old views day in and day out? If the thought of going in to work is starting to fill you with dread, and you don’t really know why, it could be that what you need is a good old change of scenery.

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You may not hate the work, you may love your colleagues, but looking at the same old four walls, seemingly endless pool, or gym week-in and week-out may be taking its toll on your mental wellbeing. They say a change is as good as a rest, and certainly we see many candidates who aren’t unhappy in their jobs but just need a change.

At 4Leisure Recruitment, we work with gyms, pools, beauty salons and spas, and leisure resorts around the UK. Some of these are in the most amazing locations. We have placed beauty therapists in beachside hotel spas, lifeguards in the most wonderful open swimming locations, and gym staff in beautiful luxury health clubs and private facilities.

Giving your staff a change of scenery

What can you do to give your staff a break from the same old views? As is the case in many jobs, not just those in the leisure industry, you can’t simply change the location of where staff can work effectively. For example, it would be hard to take a lifeguard from the poolside just to give them a bit of visual variety.

There are things you can do, such as rotating staff through all the different areas of your centre. This will also allow them to develop different skills, and keep things interesting in other ways as well as visual. You can provide the odd day away from ‘the office’ such as a team-building excursion, or a visit to other leisure facilities for fact-finding and inspiration.

Where leisure staff are able to work from home occasionally, then enabling this will not only stop the ennui of the office environment but also cut down the time they waste commuting and add positively to their work-life balance efforts.

Investing in your club décor is also a great idea. Not only will this provide a much nicer working environment for your staff, but could also help customer retention and attraction too. No-one wants to work or play somewhere that looks neglected. Actively seek the input from the people who will be there day in and day out when you’re planning a refurbishment programme, or just giving a wall a lick of paint.

While it takes more than some snazzy wallpaper and some new lighting to retain staff who really are determined to make the move, just some small changes could keep someone with you for a little longer, reducing costly and time-consuming recruitment programmes.

Are you looking for a change of scenery?

If you’re a leisure professional getting a case of the Mondays every day, then you need to speak to us.
A change of scenery could be all you need to get the spring back in your step.

Meet the Team: Our Beauty Temps Specialist Charlotte.

Introducing Charlotte Salaman. Charlotte busies herself by supplying temps to a wide range of luxury spas across the UK. She is a fully trained beauty therapist, and has come from a career in spa management.

Charlotte Salaman

We asked Charlotte some questions about being a temp and how she went about getting into the beauty and spa industry.

What’s it like to work as a temp?

“Although I now manage temporary therapists, I have also previously been a temp myself. I loved the flexibility of temping and being given the opportunity of working in a variety of different hotels and spas. This increased my experience within a broad spectrum of environments.

When I was booked in for my first beauty therapy temp job,  I was nervous as to what to expect when I arrived. I wondered if I would fit in with the team, know where I needed to be, and more. I had no need to worry at all – the spas that use temporary therapists understand you are coming into a new place of work and will always try their best to make you feel like part of the team, show you round the spa and give you a chance to ask any questions, so you feel confident starting your shift.

The different spa environments I was introduced to helped me to expand upon my experience and achieve a higher skill level in my beauty career. Seeing the way different spas were ran assisted me enormously when I finally worked my way up to Spa Manager, as I was able to utilize different aspects to improve the way in which I was running the spa.

Temporary work does seem daunting to start with, however once you have adapted to the way it works it can be a brilliant way of gaining experience within a spa environment, with the added benefit of shifts to fit around you. Give it a go, and I’m sure you will love it!”

How does someone get into the spa industry?

“There are certain qualifications that are required in order for you to be able to practice as a Beauty Therapist, so I have put together a brief guideline on how to ensure you are qualified to the right level and ensure you are able to pursue the path you are passionate about.

In order to be able to go to college and study Beauty Therapy there are different paths that you can take:

NVQ Level 2 and 3

The NVQ qualification is broken into two separate one year courses, where different theory and practical aspects of beauty therapy are covered. Level Two will include facial, hair removal, eyebrow and lash treatments (tinting and perming for example), manicures and pedicures, and health and safety within a spa environment. You will also cover the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body.

You will then move into your second year of the course, which is your NVQ Level 3. This is more of an advanced course, where you will cover modules such as facial and body electrics, Swedish Massage, and a basic understanding of salon management.

BTEC National Diploma in Beauty Therapy Sciences

In order to be able to study BTEC you need to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs, which include Maths and English. It is a very similar break down to the NVQ Level 2 and 3; however BTEC is one solid two year course rather than two separate one year courses. It is also considered a higher qualification than an NVQ, as NVQs are qualifications which can be awarded by training organisations and cover a wide range of subjects – BTEC are very tightly governed qualifications in a limited amount of subjects which tend to be controlled by colleges. You also will cover additional treatments in the time you are at college that you wouldn’t be qualified in through the NVQ, such as Indian Head Massage, aromatherapy massage, spray tanning for example.

I would also advise that whilst you are at college, to find a spa or salon that is willing to take you on as work experience, even if this is voluntary work. Work experience stands you apart from others newly graduating from their course, as you will have an understanding of how a spa runs and what is expected of you when you actually start working as a beauty therapist.”

Why did you get into the spa industry?

“Most therapists I have asked this question to have told me it was because they loved the idea of working in an environment where they get to pamper people and make them feel beautiful. Where they get them come in to the salon or spa and leave later feeling happy and content, which is a great answer and an amazing part of the job. However the reason I decided to go into the spa industry was because I was fascinated in the more holistic side of beauty therapy. I was curious as to how muscles worked and how massage can benefit the human body in so many different ways. I always loved coming to the end of a massage on a client and seeing the relaxed state they were in simply from a treatment that sometimes may have only lasted thirty minutes.

I also love working in a role where I have a client base that you can build a relationship with – clients who then become committed to only you for their treatments.  The feeling of having a regular clientele you can build a rapport with and who come to you for their time out each week or month is an amazing feeling!”

The beauty industry is an amazing environment to work in, fast paced and buzzing, and never ever dull!”

Thank you Charlotte. We shall let you get back to finding those perfect temps for spas and salons now!

If you’d like to work as a temp in the beauty industry, please contact Charlotte on Charlotte@4leisurerecruitment.co.uk

Not just a one trick pony!

Very impressed with the 4Leisure Team with the diversity of roles filled in the last quarter. Whilst some may assume that we just service the operational face of leisure businesses, the Team set out to prove that if you’re a good recruiter, your can recruit for anything!

We’ve even surprised ourselves with a couple of these:

  • Property Manager
  • Trainer & Business Development Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Client Implementation Support Technician
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Contact Centre Team Manager
  • Group Retention & Product Manager

If you think you can provide us with a suitable challenge, get in touch!


We’ve moved!

We’ve been flexing our muscles in another way this week with an office relocation. Lot’s of toil and sweat for a move of just 200 yards but into a gleaming new office space with plenty of room for our growing team!

We look forward to welcoming clients and candidates soon!