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Auto shop owners are always looking for ways to improve production levels. They focus their attention on their technicians and require certain expectations of performance in billable labor hours. While technicians must know what is expected of them, they have a limited amount of control over production levels. When all factors are considered, the only thing a well-trained technician has control over is his or her actual efficiency.
As a review, technician efficiency is the amount of labor time it takes a technician to complete a job compared to the labor time being billed to the customer. Productivity is the time the technician is billing labor hours compared to the time the technician is physically at the shop. The reality is that a technician can be very efficient, but not productive if the technician has a lot of downtime waiting for parts, waiting too long between jobs, or poor workflow systems.
But let’s go deeper into what affects production in the typical auto repair shop. As a business coach, one of the biggest reasons for low shop production is not charging the correct labor time. Labor for extensive jobs is often not being billed accurately. Rust, seized bolts, and wrong published labor times are just a few reasons for lost labor dollars.
Another common problem is not understanding how to bill for jobs that require extensive diagnostic testing, and complicated procedures to arrive at the root cause for an onboard computer problem, electrical issue, or drivability issue. These jobs usually take time to analyze, using sophisticated tools, and by the shop’s top technician. Typically, these jobs are billed at a standard menu labor charge, instead of at a higher labor rate. This results in less billed labor hours than the actual labor time spent. The amount of lost labor hours here can cripple a shop’s overall profit.
Many shop owners do a great job at calculating their labor rate but may not understand what their true effective labor is, which is their labor sales divided by the total labor hours sold. In many cases, I have seen a shop that has a shop labor rate of over $150.00 per hour, but the actual effective labor rate is around $100. Not good.
Lastly, technician production can suffer when the service advisors are too busy or not motivated to build relationships with customers, which results in a low sales closing ratio. And let’s not forget that to be productive, a shop needs to have the right systems, the right tools and equipment, an extensive information system, and of course, great leadership.
The bottom line is this; many factors need to be considered when looking to increase production levels. While it does start with the technician, it doesn’t end there. Consider all the factors above when looking for ways to improve your shop’s labor production.
Hunt explores the crucial differences between shop management software and QuickBooks, focusing on the impact on parts margin. This episode is a must-listen for shop owners and financial managers seeking clarity and efficiency in their business operations.
• Dual Bookkeeping Explained: Unravel the reasons behind running two sets of books and its effect on your financials.
• Real-Life Client Case: Learn from a client's experience with discrepancies in parts margin between shop management systems and QuickBooks.
• Strategies for Financial Accuracy: Gain insights into aligning financial data across platforms for precise tracking and profitability.
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George Kingman discusses the importance of work-life balance, psychological safety, and cultivating a positive work environment. He shares personal experiences and lessons learned from his journey in the automotive industry, emphasizing the need for passion and positivity. Kingman also discusses leadership strategies inspired by George Washington and how they can be applied in modern businesses. He stresses the importance of making employees feel valued and connected to their work. George Kingman, Blue Sky Tire and Auto, Georgia and Illinois. Advanced Shop Leadership Show Notes
Advanced Shop Leadership Group https://www.advancedshopleadership.com/ Safety and the Importance of Passion (00:02:18) The role of safety in fostering passion at work, both in terms of physical safety and psychological safety. The Contagion of Passion and Negativity (00:03:35) How passion is contagious and can uplift others, while negativity can also have an impact on the work environment. Finding Passion and Building a Team (00:06:44) The importance of finding the right people (the "who's") to support and complement your skills and passions in order to build a successful team. The importance of learning from mistakes (00:09:57) The value of allowing employees to make mistakes and the learning opportunities that come from them. Creating a positive work culture for work-life balance (00:12:09) The importance of fostering a positive work culture to achieve a proper work-life balance and how it affects employees' motivation and happiness. Psychology articles and work-life balance (00:22:15) Discussion on the importance of work-life balance and the misconception that more time off is the solution. Creating psychological safety at work (00:23:21) Exploration of the significance of making employees feel happy and safe at work, rather than solely focusing on time off or monetary compensation. Building a positive culture and purpose (00:24:54) Importance of creating a positive work culture and purpose, and the role of leaders in mentoring and improving the attitudes of team members. The power of bringing something extra (00:35:48) The importance of going above and beyond in order to achieve success, both personally and professionally. George Washington's Leadership (00:36:53) George Washington's ability to motivate his troops and redefine their purpose during difficult times. Building Positivity in the Workplace (00:38:31) Using George Washington's methods to motivate employees by sharing success stories and creating a positive culture. Taking Care of Each Other (00:41:17) The importance of taking care of teammates and spreading joy in the workplace to create a successful business. Thanks to our Partner, NAPA Auto Care Learn more about NAPA Auto Care and the benefits of being part of the NAPA family by visiting https://www.napaonline.com/en/auto-care Connect with the Podcast: -Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RemarkableResultsRadioPodcast/ -Follow on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmcapriotto/ -Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/remarkableresultsradiopodcast/ -Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RResultsBiz -Join our Insider List: https://remarkableresults.biz/insider -All books mentioned on our podcasts: https://remarkableresults.biz/books -Our Classroom page for personal or team learning: https://remarkableresults.biz/classroom -Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/carm -The Aftermarket Radio Network: https://aftermarketradionetwork.com -Special episode collections: https://remarkableresults.biz/collections
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From Bad Habits to Booming Business: The Inspiring Journey of a Legacy Auto Repair Shop with Coach Mike [E137] - Chris Cotton Weekly BlitzBy carmcapriotto
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In this captivating episode of "The Weekly Blitz," Coach Chris Cotton and Coach Mike take listeners on a deep dive into the remarkable transformation of a family-owned auto repair shop nestled in the heart of Louisiana. With their wealth of knowledge and expertise, the coaches explore the intricacies of ethical selling strategies, shedding light on the importance of building trust and fostering long-lasting relationships with customers.
Drawing from their own experiences, Coach Chris and Coach Mike delve into the unique dynamics of working with family in a business setting. They discuss the challenges and rewards that come with such a setup, emphasizing the significance of clear communication, mutual respect, and shared goals. Listeners gain valuable insights into how to navigate the complexities of family dynamics while maintaining a thriving and harmonious business environment.
Throughout the episode, the coaches stress the critical role of assembling the right team for success. They emphasize the importance of hiring individuals who align with the company's values and possess the necessary skills to deliver exceptional service. Additionally, they highlight the significance of fostering a culture of accountability, where team members take ownership of their responsibilities and strive for continuous improvement.
Coach Mike shares his personal journey of implementing transformative changes within the family-owned auto repair shop. He discusses the benefits of leveraging modern marketing channels and analytics to reach a wider audience and drive business growth. Listeners gain valuable insights into the power of data-driven decision-making and the impact it can have on the overall success of an auto repair business.
Sponsored by Shop Marketing Pros, this episode aims to equip auto repair business owners with the knowledge and tools needed to thrive in the ever-evolving automotive industry. By providing a comprehensive exploration of ethical selling strategies, the dynamics of working with family, and the importance of building the right team, Coach Chris and Coach Mike empower listeners to overcome challenges and achieve remarkable success in their own ventures.
Ethical versus non-ethical selling strategy [00:02:17] Discussion on the importance of selling services in a fact-based manner, using tests and evidence to inform clients.
Working with family members in the shop [00:05:14] Exploration of the challenges and benefits of having family members as employees, emphasizing the need for honesty and clear communication.
Having the right people [00:06:47] Importance of having team members who are willing to buy into the team culture, and the negative impact of individuals who are not team players.
The impact of negative influences [00:09:41] Discussion on how negative employees can affect the shop and the importance of removing them.
The need for accountability [00:11:47] Importance of having someone in the shop to hold everyone accountable and ensure strategies are implemented effectively.
The process of implementing changes [00:16:55] The ongoing process of implementing and reinforcing changes in the shop, including holding employees accountable and correcting their behavior.
The new software system and marketing channel [00:19:01] Discussion about implementing a new software system and the importance of utilizing a marketing channel for the shop's growth.
Improving the average repair order [00:20:41] Emphasis on the need to increase the average repair order and improve processes to attract more customers and increase revenue.
Coaching accountability and teamwork [00:21:30] The importance of coaching accountability and teamwork in achieving success, with the need for feedback and collaboration between the coach and the team.
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