• Nineteen Rules for Dealing with Generation Y Employees

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein September 2011

    Legendary football coach John Madden had only three rules for his players: 1) Be on time; 2) Listen and learn; and 3) Play like hell when I tell you to.

  • Commonsense Business Practices for an Improving Economy

    by AB Staff September 2011

    For the first time in four years, we’re getting ourselves prepared for growth. In our little corner of the world, we’re not sure that things have gotten better, but they seem to have stopped getting worse — and we want to take advantage of opportunities that should present themselves soon. However, we’re not forgetting the hard lessons learned over the past few years.

  • Track Coach Fired After Boys Run Shirtless

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2011

    A celebrated boys' track coach in Westwood, Mass., was fired and ordered off school property last week for letting his runners train without wearing shirts. Tom Davis led Westwood High's 4x800-meter relay team to the New Balance Indoor Nationals less than two months ago and had his outdoor team off to a 5-0 start this season when he started hearing about complaints regarding boys going shirtless.

  • How to Weed Out Qualified But Toxic Job Applicants

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2011

    Like the employees at many independently owned health clubs, our staff members have duties that include a little bit of everything.

  • Campus Rec Centers Serve as Incubators for Professional Development

    by Andrew Cohen March 2011

    Nick Davidson came to Davenport University five and a half years ago as a part-time assistant men's basketball coach and was soon put in charge of recreation and intramurals.

  • How to Prepare Your Staff for Management Positions

    by Amy Ashmore, Ph.D. February 2011

    Encourage employees to achieve their full potential.

  • 10 Ways to Provide Raises in a Challenging Economy

    by Jim Thomas February 2011

    I speak with many health club owners and operators regarding concerns they have about handing out pay raises when economic times are tough. Although some would like to use the economy as an excuse to not offer raises — even when they are merited — pay raises are essential to retaining talented people. Here are 10 ways to give raises during challenging times, with a focus on production and job descriptions.

  • Establishing Rules for the Wireless Generation of Employees

    by Rob Bishop September 2010

    Owners walk a tightrope when establishing rules for the wireless generation of employees.

  • How to Manage Generational Differences in the Workplace

    by Fred Hoffman, M.Ed. July 2010

    The need to understand what drives employees of all ages is more critical than ever.

  • How to Manage and Retain Seasonal Employees

    by Michelle Brimecombe May 2010

    Don't overlook temporary workers just because they won't be on the payroll for long.