Hiring a New Massage Therapist..The Challenges for Both Sides

Find Matching Goals & Agendas for new Employees

Find Matching Goals & Agendas for new Employees

We are in the process of looking for, interviewing & hiring a new massage therapist to join our team.  This process is so much easier said than done.  After interviewing and determining a possible fit, then there are several layers of requirements before they are permanently hired.

The interesting thing about creating a career for another human being, is how specific each career is and how different each human being is.  Each of us is trying to determine whether the other is a good fit.  This is not always quickly established.  That’s why there needs to be clear expectations and “probationary” periods where either side can jump ship without much loss to either party.

Communication is key. But  just because one side feels they have communicated clearly doesn’t always mean that the other side heard/understood what was said.  Each side has their own agenda.  How can one create a way to have those agendas match?

What are the best ways to first determine a person’s integrity, honesty, teamwork & respect for others?  I think these qualities are often assumed to exist in others, or at least HOPED to exist in others. I have learned NOT to assume this after several massage therapists have NOT been honest or respectful or professional.

Unfortunately, this complaint is common with employers of most career types, and they end up having a hard time trusting incoming employees.  So much so that the employees are EXPECTED to lie or cheat, look out only for themselves, do the minimum required of them, etc, etc.  Instead of expecting honesty, the employers prepare for dishonesty.

This is so sad.

One can’t blame the employers.  They are basing their judgements on past experiences.  I am too.  It’s hard to have trust for new employees when others before them have been so dishonest.

On the other hand, the employee could have a pre-conceived idea of how bad an employer will treat them:  The employers will use them, not appreciate them, make oodles of money and not pay them enough for their efforts, etc, etc. So the employee could come into the relationship expecting poor treatment, thus starting out in a resentful, feeling-like-they-need-to-be-sneaky-about their-real-intentions manner leaving each side already unhappy before any work is ever done.

So, how does this dilemma go away?

By finding matching agendas & goals, which can take time.

Employees will be hired and they will do great work, under the scrutiny of a watchful employer.  And eventually the trust is earned.  This is how the dilemma goes away.  With time.

But there will also be those employees who create the bad taste in employer’s mouthes.

I sure wish those type would go away. You make it hard for everyone.  Because of you there are cameras, paper trails, uncertainty, mistrust.  Because of you there are “No Compete Clauses”. Because of you, national chains in many businesses have a running list of employees willing to take 1/3 of the pay because the chain can then afford to be lied to or cheated.

In the end, I trust.  I take another chance that they are telling the truth. I try to state clear expectations.  I try to listen between the lines of what their agenda really is.

In the end, I’m very happy to have an office manager who does this all for me! 🙂

Finding a Career You Love

DSC_0848One of the subjects that comes up with my friends and clients is finding a career that people love, a career that is exciting to them and GIVES them energy instead of DRAINING energy.  This career brings fulfillment,  energy, smiling, fun & enthusiasm.  With this type of energy flowing, your ideas come easy, and you feel energized after work.

I am a “Glass-Half-Full” type of person, and I believe that people can CREATE what they want in a career.  As an eternal optimist, I like to brainstorm with people about what they love about life, or jobs in the past.  When someone is in a job or career that sucks out every little ounce of glee, hope & confidence, this is VERY HARD on the body.

Possibly the goal to finding a life-healthy career is one that combines your passion with being able to make money WITH that passion. A career that is fulfilling AND pays the bills.

What a great combination when you find a passion that you have a talent for AND get paid to do.  That’s what massage therapy is for me: my passion for helping people…something I have a talent for AND I get paid to do it.

Some feel like finding a career like this is impossible unless you are Justin Timberlake.  If you have a job you like, even love, consider yourself lucky.

I’ve always believed that if you “follow what you love then the money will follow.”

Maybe you love a hobby but don’t feel like it could financially support you? Maybe google your hobby to find people around the world who possibly are making enough money with this hobby to pay the bills.  Ask them questions.  If they are honest with you, decide if this will work for you.

I love my job.  There have been very few hours of work where I counted the minutes. My career is fulfilling mostly because I feel instant gratification from helping people for whom I care about.  With each career there are pros and cons.  For Massage Therapy, the cons are mostly physical, where proper posture, good nutrition & rest are essential for longevity.  But, aren’t those essential in ALL long-term careers?

How many people look at work this way? I thought most people did.

My husband, who is a financial planner, including selling life insurance, mentions how jealous he is that I have a talent I love doing AND get paid to do.  “People aren’t exactly jumping for joy to talk about life insurance…dying, leaving money to those they are responsible for. For you, they can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to coming in for their next massage. THEY call YOU.”

I’ve never looked at it that way.  But I appreciate my career even more after hearing him say that.

There are many careers where a client is happy to see you.  Maybe this is important to you.  What is important to you?

  • How many hours per day do you want to work?   Some careers spend many more hours than others per day…
  • Do you want to travel or stay in one place?
  • Do you want flexibility or do you like stability?
  • Are you a good leader or a good follower?  Each needs the other…just be honest which one you LIKE being
  • What can you offer that is needed?
  • How much money do you need/want to make?
  • Do you like people? kids? animals?
  • Do you have good discipline?

Stay positive and keep brainstorming.  🙂