A Culture of Health and Wellness within the Private Club Industry

Ashley Zechello, Johnson & Wales University - Providence


There have been novel changes in how our society views health and wellness. A company’s pursuit of health and wellness should stretch far beyond employee health insurance and benefits. Often, businesses get impacted negatively by not focusing on employee well-being. A culture of health and wellness prioritizes the well-being of employees, members, the community, and the environment. Private clubs are often non-profit organizations that are governed by their membership. A substantial number of private clubs have succeeded in cultivating a culture of health and wellness. Furthermore, the research claims that embracing a culture of health can create competitive business advantages. In contrast- private clubs are not in competition with each other and are seeking to enhance all aspects of health and wellness as an industry segment. The study is based on a qualitative research method to holistically explore the value of health and wellness within the private club industry. Four distinct areas have been identified: (1) employee well-being (2) member health (3) community health (4) environmental health. The remainder of the study seeks to explore how employee well-being programming can attract and retain employees.