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Retention Strategies to Reduce Employee Turnover

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Retention Strategies to Reduce Employee Turnover

This month, the US Bureau for Labor and Statistics reported that 3.6 million employees voluntarily quit their jobs in September 2018. Every employee that voluntarily quits costs an employer, on average, 16% of their annual wage. And to make matters worse, high turnover rates come with high... Continue Reading

11/19/2018


Making Training Fun: Incorporating games to meet youth training goals

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Making Training Fun: Incorporating games to meet youth training goals

Meeting the learning objectives of beginner climbers in youth climbing programs can be a challenge. Varying ability levels and learning styles of youth climbers can make it difficult to structure programming in a way that keeps everyone engaged and allows them push their own abilities. To make... Continue Reading

11/19/2018


The Dirtbag Dilemma: Evaluating Van Life on Gym Property

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The Dirtbag Dilemma: Evaluating Van Life on Gym Property

Counterculture has long been in the fibers of climbing, so is it any wonder that as the sport becomes more mainstream, the two have started to butt heads? As the climbing population explodes, indoor climbing gyms have become havens for urban van-dwellers, which begs the question – how... Continue Reading

11/6/2018


Making Lemons Into Lemonade: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling Mistakes in Your Organization

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Making Lemons Into Lemonade: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling Mistakes in Your Organization

Mistakes will happen. Nobody is perfect. No matter how hard we try, and how well our companies operate, there will be a time when something goes wrong and we need to take steps to turn lemons into lemonade. And we’re not alone; even the best brands and the most efficient companies... Continue Reading

11/5/2018


What Makes a Great Manager?

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What Makes a Great Manager?

An excellent manager makes any job seem worth doing. This rings true across all industries, from retail to finance to your local climbing gym. The opposite is true, too: poor management can wreck morale and drive great employees away. Running a climbing gym means managing in tons of different... Continue Reading

10/18/2018


Beyond Fall Protection: Risk Management for Climbing Wall Workers in the Gym Environment

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Beyond Fall Protection: Risk Management for Climbing Wall Workers in the Gym Environment

Safety in the workplace is important in all working environments, including climbing gyms. The General Duty Clause of the 1970 OSHA Act mandates that employers have a legal responsibility to present a safe working environment [1]. Climbing gyms often focus their risk management policies on fall... Continue Reading

by Aaron Gibson
10/18/2018


An Interview with Jesse Williams, Work-at-Height Trainer

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An Interview with Jesse Williams, Work-at-Height Trainer

With our annual Certification Summit coming up next month, we wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get about the Work-at-Height program, and there's nobody better to ask than Jesse Williams, one of our top Work-at-Height trainers! Read on to learn about the background... Continue Reading

10/8/2018


The Powerful Potential of a Positive Culture

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The Powerful Potential of a Positive Culture

Employee engagement is tough to achieve, yet essential for success. There are three levels of employee engagement: engaged, disengaged, and actively disengaged. As you can imagine, engaged employees are the ones on your team doing a great job. They represent your vision, mission and culture.... Continue Reading

09/19/2018


Optimizing Belay Lessons for Member Acquisition

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Optimizing Belay Lessons for Member Acquisition

When a new guest ventures into your climbing gym for the first time, what will their first impression be? Who is greeting them? Who is giving the tour? Who is giving them a belay lesson and setting them off into the gym on their own? When that first-time climber walks in your door, they're... Continue Reading

08/28/2018


Closing the Gender Gap: What Climbing Can Learn from the Tech Industry

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Closing the Gender Gap: What Climbing Can Learn from the Tech Industry

**Note: This article was originally posted on Medium. At the CWA Summit this year, I kept hearing one recurring question: how can we hire and retain more women, particularly in management and routesetting? This is something I’ve looked into extensively and what I found is that the tech... Continue Reading

06/19/2018