For those of you who have in the past or currently been employed at a fitness facility in any capacity (as employee or as an independent contractor) what incentives or other benefits made it worth while to stay – – perhaps longer than you anticipated?
Basically, how can gym owners and managers help alleviate turnover rates for both employees and independent contractors?
If you are a gym owner/manager and had success in keeping great personal trainers, what worked for you?
I think this comes down to who you are dealing with. $ motivates some in ways like no other but, so does responsibility(varying).
It has never been the $ that kept me…(for long,anyways). As mgt. I always endeavor to create an atmosphere conducive to what I am promoting. Many ways to do this(staff, major interaction w/customers, physical environment, etc.).
I try never to focus only on monetary benefits as it can cause major contempt, but used cleverly it can be very productive for all involved.
I make a point of recognizing people in the open for jobs well done or exceeding duty. Next may be the same w/some type of bonus($ or position of responsibility, or something special like maybe a “title.”
$ moves most of us to some degree but it is not finite, @ least in my situation 😀 Find out who they are, what they want, what personalities are in play, WHAT MATTER TO THEM MOST!!!
Get that and the game changes immediately but, its still in how you play…
there are two side to every situation, I try to make sure all involved KNOW what we as a team are trying to accomplish 1st, find out who’s really on board with it, support those truly motivated or motivating (depends but I am learning the difference) and encourage others to get involved.
I can be a “jerk” @ times, and in these times I enjoy it. I love to see the faces of people light up when they are presented with XXXXX for outstanding work/accomplishment. The “smart-ass” in me enjoys offering contrast between job well done & not so much(w/moderation). After working with me they kinda know its coming sooner or later.
Bottom line, you will not motivate anyone who just wants a job! Those who aspire to something more may/may not pick up the ball and dash for 4 goal depending on many of the variable above & a host of others.
You know I ramble sometimes dude but I hope this offers some kinda insight. Once you find a mix that works, work it. New people always present new challenges, embrace w/a welcome smile, an open office & the support they need to grow into YOUR TOP GUN’s