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Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

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(Our November print issue includes a feature story detailing “10 Steps to Last-Minute Holiday Success.” Today we bring you an excerpt explaining one of those steps: making work fun. Also check out yesterday’s excerpt on creating useful displays.)


Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

One key to a successful holiday season for jewelers is making work fun.

Consultant Andrea Hill says it’s natural to feel stressed during a season that for many in the jewelry business is crucial. But when owners and staff are stressed, customers can feel it, too. “If your store is a calm oasis of happy campers tending to the needs of customers, you’ll have much greater success.”

One way to inject a little mirth into your operations this quarter is to offer staff incentives for the highest average retail sale or the most add-ons, says Darci Aslage, business mentor for the Edge Retail Academy.

“We created a bingo game, and if they complete the bingo squares, they win a prize,” she says.

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Or put gift cards or cash in a lot of different envelopes, and when you catch an employee doing something right, let them pick an envelope out of a Santa bag and win a prize — a $10 gift card to a local business or $50 in cash.

Britten Wolf, owner of BVW Jewelers in Reno, NV, says he takes in so many unusual repair items during the holidays — everything from candle holders and ornaments to shoes — that he offers the staff member who predicts the year’s oddest repair item a gift from Santa.

Also remember to be clear about what you’re trying to achieve as a team. Offer praise every time you see praiseworthy behaviors, be available to step in and help and be a calming, emotionally mature presence in the store. And if this isn’t you, then find a manager who is these things and step out of the way.

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Maximize Every Sale with Wilkerson

When it’s time to run a sale, whether it’s a retirement, going-out-of-business, anniversary or “we’ve got too much merchandise” sale, let Wilkerson handle the details. The Diamond Galleria did just that when they selected Wilkerson to run its liquidation sale. According to Sharon, their CPA, it was the right choice. “We could have done a going-out-of-business sale ourselves and done 30 to 40 percent of what we actually sold with Wilkerson involved,” she says. Seeing the strategies that Wilkerson puts in place for every sale was something that convinced her they had made the right move. “I would highly recommend Wilkerson to anyone considering this type of sale.”

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Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

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(Our November print issue includes a feature story detailing “10 Steps to Last-Minute Holiday Success.” Today we bring you an excerpt explaining one of those steps: making work fun. Also check out yesterday’s excerpt on creating useful displays.)


Yes, the Holidays Are Stressful … but This Will Help

One key to a successful holiday season for jewelers is making work fun.

Consultant Andrea Hill says it’s natural to feel stressed during a season that for many in the jewelry business is crucial. But when owners and staff are stressed, customers can feel it, too. “If your store is a calm oasis of happy campers tending to the needs of customers, you’ll have much greater success.”

One way to inject a little mirth into your operations this quarter is to offer staff incentives for the highest average retail sale or the most add-ons, says Darci Aslage, business mentor for the Edge Retail Academy.

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“We created a bingo game, and if they complete the bingo squares, they win a prize,” she says.

Or put gift cards or cash in a lot of different envelopes, and when you catch an employee doing something right, let them pick an envelope out of a Santa bag and win a prize — a $10 gift card to a local business or $50 in cash.

Britten Wolf, owner of BVW Jewelers in Reno, NV, says he takes in so many unusual repair items during the holidays — everything from candle holders and ornaments to shoes — that he offers the staff member who predicts the year’s oddest repair item a gift from Santa.

Also remember to be clear about what you’re trying to achieve as a team. Offer praise every time you see praiseworthy behaviors, be available to step in and help and be a calming, emotionally mature presence in the store. And if this isn’t you, then find a manager who is these things and step out of the way.

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Maximize Every Sale with Wilkerson

When it’s time to run a sale, whether it’s a retirement, going-out-of-business, anniversary or “we’ve got too much merchandise” sale, let Wilkerson handle the details. The Diamond Galleria did just that when they selected Wilkerson to run its liquidation sale. According to Sharon, their CPA, it was the right choice. “We could have done a going-out-of-business sale ourselves and done 30 to 40 percent of what we actually sold with Wilkerson involved,” she says. Seeing the strategies that Wilkerson puts in place for every sale was something that convinced her they had made the right move. “I would highly recommend Wilkerson to anyone considering this type of sale.”

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