Among your many responsibilities as a director of a gymnastics center, hiring and managing staff members and schedules probably aren’t your favorite parts. However, if you have a high turnover rate among your staff, those tasks can take much more time and energy than they otherwise would. So it’s imperative to do what you can to find and keep quality staff members and maintain a stable staff. In addition to hiring quality staff members, there are several steps you can take to help ensure that your gymnastics center employees are in it for the long haul.
Encourage Professional Development
If you’ve hired qualified, quality staff members, you can expect those people to want to continue to grow in their fields of expertise. In fact, employees who grow frustrated and end up leaving their employer often do so because of a lack of opportunity for growth. You can make sure that your gymnastics center fosters an improvement-oriented environment for staff members by making staff members aware of opportunities for professional development.
The Jackrabbit Class software you already have can be a huge asset in this endeavor too, thanks to the easy-to-use Staff Portal, which allows you to easily inform staff members of upcoming opportunities. Staff members can also use Jackrabbit to track progress toward their professional goals — and then for you to publicly congratulate staff members who complete added training or attain other goals.
We’ve all heard the idea that “you get what you honor.” On that note, another way that Jackrabbit can help encourage growth among staff members is by freeing up funds by reducing your gymnastics center’s need for administrative assistants. Because Jackrabbit helps you automate various administrative tasks, you’ll be able to more easily offer incentives or tuition reimbursement for continuing education — and even provide well-deserved raises for gymnastics instructors who reach certain milestones in their professional growth.
Allow Time for Life Balance
Many of those who report being dissatisfied with their jobs say that the inability to have a good work-life balance is a contributing factor in their frustration. Of course, any team player at your gymnastics center will understand the need to occasionally fill in for a coworker who is ill or put in extra hours around competition time. But it’s not fair if they’re always having to work longer than their agreed-upon hours. (Of course, whenever a staff member quits, extra pressure and burden is placed on other staff members, reiterating the importance of keeping all instructors happy!)
One way that Jackrabbit Class software can help you improve the overall work-life balance for yourself and your employees is by allowing all staff members to easily view all the information regarding classes, students, and schedules, whenever they log in and from any device. Your staff members can also quickly and easily perform tasks such as checking alerts from you, sending e-mails to parents, and updating schedules.
Another way that Jackrabbit helps is by automating many administrative tasks, allowing you to instead spend your valuable time performing such key tasks as sending out bills, processing payroll, or contacting parents individually.
Continue reading with Part 2.