Many health club operators face three realities: a reliance on contract or part-time employees, high operating costs and a fluctuating economy. This explains the fickle nature, and often complete lack of, health- and wellness-related insurance packages for employees.
IHRSA's 2018 U.S. Fitness Professional Outlook report states that, in 2016, only 6.7 percent of full-time health club employees received full medical insurance coverage. This compares to 11 percent in 2010 and 25 percent in 2003.
"During lean times, even marginal cutbacks can make a considerable difference to a club’s bottom line," the report states, noting that payroll costs historically claim at least 43 percent of a club's total revenue.
"Given that the health club industry is young, it is difficult to determine whether this trend is directly related to the economic environment or simply a result of evolving compensation practices within the industry," the report says of employee insurance packages.
View this gallery to learn what percentage of health clubs in 2016 offered health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, maternity leave and educational assistance to full- and part-time employees.
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