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Salon Privacy Policy: 4 Ways Salon Furniture Can Support a Clients Need For Privacy

Salon Privacy Policy: 4 Ways Salon Furniture Can Support a Clients Need For Privacy

‘SALON FURNITURE’ and ‘privacy policy’ are two phrases that seldom occur in the same sentence, however, that does not mean you should overlook the importance of keeping some procedures or client information safe.

In the age of smartphones, portable cameras, etc.… There is no telling when or where someone’s data might be collected or who might use a camera to capture a client in a compromising situation. Scandals are usually great for marketing, but not when they happen on your premises. Why? Because it shows a lack of care for privacy issues. Scandals aside, some customers may need privacy due to the type of treatment they are undergoing, or perhaps they need privacy due to religious reasons.

Here is everything you need to know about salon privacy policies and how to use boutique furniture to accommodate client privacy needs!

Contents

Salon privacy policy: 4 ways salon furniture can support client need for privacy plus tips! 1

privacy policy and proper salon furniture placement 1

Salon Privacy method guide: the furniture system.. 1

How to get more privacy in a cubicle or small spaces. 2

The basics. 2

Step 1: Get movable salon furniture and setup privacy screens. 2

Should I build drywall or purchase indoor privacy screens?. 2

Step 2: put up privacy signs. 3

Step 3: keep an eye on kids. 3

Step 4: add some background music. 3

What is the cheapest way to divide a room/ salon?. 3

Envision a floor plan with salon furniture in mind. 4

Part 2: the importance of client privacy and confidentiality in a beauty salon. 4

How do you create a safe and friendly environment for clients?. 5

how to increase the level of privacy at your salon. 6

Form follows function. 6

How salon businesses observe privacy in the workplace. 7

Conclusion. 7

salon furniture placement and privacy policy guide

in simple terms, a privacy policy is a guide aimed at ensuring that clients are protected from unauthorised intrusion. For example, if you run a spa and salon, that policy is there to make certain that images of your clients don’t leak to social media or that unauthorised personnel can’t access the restricted areas on your premises.

Salon Privacy method guide: The furniture system

Overall, the main idea is to find places for delicate procedures such as massages, waxing, etc.

This method will eliminate up to 80% of client privacy needs.

How to get more privacy in a cubicle or small spaces

More and more salons in Australia and the world over are turning to open layouts because it better facilitates collaboration. However, open space layouts limit the services you can provide at your salon. For example, very few people are comfortable being waxed Infront of onlookers.

Salon furniture, if placed in the right way can accommodate all your client’s privacy needs thereby eliminating the need to get a bigger space. Wheat you have to do is:

The Basics

Step 1: Get movable salon furniture and setup privacy screens

Firstly, salon work is very collaborative… if you have multiple employees, getting enough storage space and work seating for them can be problematic and distracting.

Consequently, to save both time and money, you should get movable furniture. This will make it easier for you, your clients and employees to move to where they need to be.

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Should I build drywall or purchase indoor privacy screens?

Permanent walls on your premises heavily restrict what you can add in the future, it also eats up precious space. To get around this, you should get privacy screens. Privacy screens are mobile, meaning you can set up a private spot just by moving it.

Step 2: put up privacy signs

Secondly, do you know why toilets have labels on them? Simple, to avoid those awkward moments of horror when you see the doorknob turn. These signs tell people “ask before you enter”. A good privacy policy is to place a sign outside the designated area anytime a private procedure is in progress.

Step 3: Keep an eye on kids

‘Adam and Eve syndrome’ refers to our innate curiosity that’s very ripe in young-ins, kids can’t control it thus they need to be told where not to go and what not to do. To address privacy needs when kids are involved, you should keep an eye on their activities at all times while on your premises.

Step 4: Add some background music

Bipedal automatons react to pain in several ways, one of them is screaming. As consequence, if someone is getting waxed in the corner and another is getting his/her hair done. The sounds from the waxing booth might be distracting or in some cases embarrassing. Accordingly, Experts recommend that you consider adding some background noise.

Background noise can also drown out street-level noise or sounds from adjacent buildings or businesses. If you own a spa salon, the ambience is one of the most important things. People want to relax and feel transported to another place while they relax on the massage table!

 

What is the cheapest way to divide a room/ salon?

 

Envision a floor plan with salon furniture in mind

One mistake you might make is… purchase salon furniture and dividers before envisioning the space you want to create. See, the overall idea is to make sure there is enough legroom for everyone, little clutter, and no items that are there just to occupy space. Meaning, don’t impulse buy, instead, study your room and come up with an appropriate floorplan. You can work with an interior designer if you so wish.

Generally speaking, you should:

  • Think outside the box: curtains can do the same job as dividers and are a cheaper option perfect for small spaces.
  • Foldable dividers: can improve the overall aesthetic and feel of your space without compromising mobility and space.
  • Color co-ordinate salon furniture, room dividers, and or curtains for branding purposes.
  • Ensure there is enough lighting for all areas, hang pendant lamps can be used in private areas.
  • Buy movable carts or storage to cut stowage needs.

Salon furniture placement and privacy Part 2: The importance of client privacy and confidentiality in a beauty salon

To some, workplace privacy is a non-issue, but any seasoned salon owner will tell you privacy is not just a matter of maintaining professionalism. It is also about gaining client trust and confidence. Therefore, the environment you create both online and offline tells me whether or not I can trust you.

This begs the question,

How do you create a safe and friendly environment for clients?

  • Have you invested in portable salon furniture?
  • What are the cameras on your premises pointed at?
  • Is your salon peeping tom proof?

Before we answer that question, we must first ask, what is a breach of confidentiality?

The dictionary definition is ‘disclosure of information to someone without consent’. For example, one of your employees or you, might be proud of your work and take pictures without client consent. If that client finds those images on social media or any website, then that is a breach of confidentiality.

In Australia and most parts of the planet, the only time you are allowed to break confidentiality is when a client’s behaviour poses a significant risk to themselves or others and when sharing information with the law.

Reasonable expectation of privacy in a salon

In Australia, filming a person engaged in a private act carries with it- steep penalties, you might be facing upwards of two years in prison. That’s why I ask, where are your cameras pointed. For example, if you run a tanning salon, no cameras should face changing areas or places where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

I am not saying that you should take down all cameras in your salon, instead, what I’m saying is, use furniture and privacy screens to protect clients when they are most vulnerable.

READ: Furniture care: 11+ foolproof long-term money-saving tips for salons

 

how to increase the level of privacy at your salon

On the face of it, clear windows on your premises may seem like a worthwhile option. But not everyone is comfortable with onlookers staring at them as they get their hair done. For this and other privacy reasons, it is recommended that you tint windows to discourage the nosey.

Form follows function

In architecture, the principle ‘form follows function’ means the shape of a building or space should primarily relate to its intended purpose. For example, if you designate one corner to waxing services, all furniture and items in the space should be related to waxing.

Design for flow

Salon furniture placement should be done with ‘flow’ in mind, why? Walking room and proper furnishing layout between work stations… is important in that it prevents accidental run-ins between customers and employees and other customers. You can even creatively style awkwardly shaped salons to make it work.

The idea is to create an environment where traffic flows fluidly without interfering with private procedures.

Use furnishings as room dividers

Large pieces of salon furniture such as storage cabinets or large mirrors can be used as barriers for private areas. This is an ideal option for small salons because it promotes style and functionality without wasting space. Remember, you don’t have to push all your furniture against the walls.

Create privacy zones

On the floor “keep out” signs work best because they are in the way, but some can be trip hazards.

Experiment with different positions

Move your portable dividers and furniture until you find a layout that works best for you. And don’t forget to factor in lighting and walk areas.

Keep all cameras outside the work area

Although the law doesn’t require it, its good policy to keep surveillance cameras especially audio enable ones, outside or facing away from private areas. If you have a small space, use furniture, curtains or dividers to give clients some privacy.

 

How salon businesses observe privacy in the workplace

Moreover, a code of ethics is necessary for your salon in that it will set the tone for your employees and reassure clients that you are running a reputable business. See the thing is, furniture and divider arrangement only works if people are aware of the dos and don’ts.

Experts recommend that you draft a privacy policy or code of conduct and post it where both clients and employees can see. These rules should be clear and concise and easy to follow based on your floor plan.

Conclusion

It is possible to use furniture to meet the privacy needs of your clients, it takes coordination with your workers, proper salon furniture placement, and some style. Also, privacy goes beyond furniture arrangement, there are online and offline considerations.

Finally, take some time to come up with good privacy policies for your business to protect both you and your clients.

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