Does Your Locker Room Need Rules?
In every locker room, there must be a standard for conduct. Locker rooms should be a place of refuge and comradery, but when adrenaline and attitudes run high, things can sometimes get out of hand. You don’t want anyone to get hurt or for your lockers or equipment to be damaged by high-spirited horseplay or excessive celebration! How do you decide which rules are important, and how do you go about conveying them once you’ve compiled a list?
- Consider your clientele. Horseplay probably isn’t going to be the same concern in the ladies’ locker room at a country club as it would in a high school gym. By the same token, a list of “don’ts” is probably not going to go over as well at a high-end facility as it would in a school locker room. For higher end clientele, a welcome packet with a list of policies is probably a better idea.
- Encourage consideration. The basis of most locker room rules is respect for the needs and feelings of others. Consider putting rules in place that encourage modesty, discourage heavy fragrances and limit the amount of time spent in showers. There should also be a quiet policy , and guests should take care not to shout or play music where others are trying to relax after a workout or center themselves before beginning one.
- Tame technology. The locker room is not the place for cell phones, and every locker room needs a rule in place to forbid their use. Not only are loud conversations annoying to other guests, but today’s phones also bring with them the dangerous possibility of someone photographing or taking a video of another guest, which is not acceptable.
- Limit your Liability. No matter what other rules are included in your list, there should be something about locking up valuables. Management cannot be responsible for phones, laptops and other electronics that guests bring when they come from work to the locker room; this should be made abundantly clear in your policies.
- Be aware of sensitive issues. What’s your policy on breastfeeding in the locker room? Have you considered transgender issues? These are topics that should be given a bit of thought, while perhaps not specifically written into the rules. A good rule of thumb is to avoid elevating one person’s rights and preferences over another’s but to make your locker room a place that’s comfortable for everyone. To that end, perhaps providing private areas for people to change or sit down is a good idea, and as noted above, discretion and modesty should be encouraged.
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