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Staffing/Recruitment/Retention

Don’t Cancel That Class!

By Peggy Gregor, AFAA, ACE | December 31, 2005 |

Recently I was faced with the biggest challenge of my professional management career. I had just posted an exciting, eclectic group exercise schedule boasting 75 classes a week. Many were specialty offerings, such as yoga, aqua arthritis, cycling and senior fitness. Then calls began to pour in from instructors telling me they’d be unavailable. Six of them were going to be away in th…

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Don’t Forget the Job Description

By Joy Keller | December 31, 2005 |

If you’ve ever asked an employee to do something pertinent to her job only to have her counter, “That’s not in my job description,” you know how important it is to outline the position in advance. According to the United States Small Business Administration, job descriptions provide the foundation for job training and future evaluations and should include the following b…

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Accounting and Hiring Practices

By Justin Price, MA | March 31, 2005 |

The Start-Up
By Justin Price, MA

Accounting and Hiring Practices
How to set up your books, choose an ownership structure and select staff for your new facility. a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can create summaries by setting up ledgers (records in which accounts are recorded) and posting information to them. A completed ledger is really nothing more than a summary of revenues, expenditures …

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When Personal Trainers Leave

By Krista Popowych | October 31, 2004 |

When personal trainers leave your organization, clients may also leave. Owing to the relationships fostered during one- on-one training, it is not uncommon for clients to feel compelled to continue training with the same personal trainers, regardless of where the trainers work. Unfortunately, all client departures hurt organizations financially. Lost clients mean lost revenues. From…

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Five Steps to Effective Delegation

By IDEA Authors | August 31, 2004 |

When you think about delegating a job, is your motive to simply unload some of your own work? According to author Greg Balanko-Dickson, it shouldn’t be. He says it should be more about gaining cooperation to achieve a goal. It’s an opportunity for the business owner or manager to
empower the individual
motivate (inspire an employee to new levels of performance and responsibility)
encourage an employee in the delegation process

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Ushering in the Next Generation

By Joy Keller | June 30, 2004 |

As group fitness becomes more specialized, the demand grows for experienced instructors who possess that magic combination of high energy and charisma. Many program directors face staffing shortages and have to find creative ways to recruit talent. Finding a way to please participants—who are more diverse and demanding than ever—only adds to the challenge. How…

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Invest in Your People

By Alex McMillan | May 31, 2004 |

Training for Growth
By Sherri McMillan, MSc, and Alex McMillan

Invest in Your People
With your staff, as with all investments, you have to put something in if you want something back. No matter what industry you’re in, the most important asset your business has is your people. This is especially true in the personal training industry. The strength of your organization–or your department–is dire…

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