Today I was reading an article on Entreprenuer.com about the disconnect between employers and employees concerning work-life balance. For all companies this should be an awareness, but in the fitness industry I believe a major factor should still be that career stability trumps all worries.
Such as it was in just about every cover interview I had in 2014, there was a strong emphasis on developing stability among employees, and like Juliet Starrett said, being a CrossFit trainer should not be just something you do in your 20s before you go to law school.
In CrossFit there are so many options to how you operate your business. You can be a one-person show, operating your gym out of your garage, or you can have multiple locations with a management staff and several full-time employees. What you want to ensure either way is establishing longevity for your brand.
If you are training individuals and groups in your garage, that’s great, but you must develop strong training practices to ensure that your small gym operation doesn’t just disappear out from under you. Furthermore, as your operation grows, it’s vital that you create opportunity for your employees. If you have multiple trainers at your gym, in addition to yourself, you need to figure out a solution to develop a career for those individuals.
It’s important to realize what people need and expect out of a career. Typically it will involve one of the following things:
What are some other perks you believe are necessary in developing career positions in your gym? Let everyone know in the comments!
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