Paid Time Off For Personal Trainers

Last week we discussed the importance of planning ahead when it comes to time off for your personal trainers. Here at Northwest Personal Training we offer paid time off. That is a major perk that not all personal trainers have. There is a reason for that. Paying a personal trainer when he/she isn’t bringing in money for your business can be tough on your bottom line. So how do we do it?

Our Paid Time Off Benefit:

Northwest Personal Training supports a balance between an employee’s personal and work life.  Therefore, we believe that employees should enjoy time away from work for relaxation and enjoyment, in addition to time off for illness, appointments, emergencies or other needs without loss of pay.


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We acknowledge that employees have diverse needs for time off from work. Accordingly, we have established a Paid Time Off, or PTO, policy to meet these needs. It promotes a planned and flexible approach to time off.  Employees will be accountable and responsible for managing their own PTO hours to allow for adequate reserves for vacations, illness or disability, holidays, appointments, emergencies, or other needs that require time off from work. The amount of paid days off each employee receives is directly related to the number of years the employee has been with the company and the average shift at average pay for that employee.

  • Less than 1 year – 0 days
  • 1-2 years – 5 days x average shift at average pay
  • 2-5 years – 10 days x average shift at average pay
  • 5-15 years – 15 days x average shift at average pay 15+ years – 20 days x average shift at average pay

Here is an example:

You’ve been working for the company for 2 years and one month.  You work an average of 30 hours/week at $17/hour.

You are eligible for 60 hours x $17/hour of Paid Time Off.

This is just an example and you need to work out what is best for your business, but make sure you have a plan and your employees are aware of how your time off policy works.

Yours in health, fitness & business,
Sherri McMillan


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