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By Joe Marconi in Joe's BlogA recent study, done by Harvard Business School, concluded that the real problem with attracting and retaining employees has more to do with the workplace environment, not pay or benefits. While the study did find that an adequate pay plan and offering an attractive benefits package did help with recruiting and retention, it’s not enough to satisfy the needs of employees, especially those of front-line workers.
The study also stated that in 2021, many companies were convinced that giving raises, sign-on bonuses, and other perks would solve the worker shortage problem and prevent people from quitting. However, this strategy did not work. So, what does work regarding attracting quality people and keeping them employed?
Essentially, it all comes down to the culture of your company. Management: do all it can to consider the individual needs of your employees. Your employees want to feel that they have a voice, that their opinion counts, and that their role in your company is both respected and recognized. Yes, pay and a great benefits package will go a long way toward making your employees feel secure, but that’s only financial security. People want more than money.
To attract and keep top talent requires creating a company that people feel proud to work for. You need to reach the hearts and minds of your employees. Become a leader that people are enthusiastic about working for. You want your employees bragging to their friends and family that your shop is a great place to work!
Step one to attracting and retaining quality employees: Create an amazing workplace environment for your employees! Trust me, happy employees make happy shop owners too!
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Episode 112 - New Vehicle Owners Are Orphans with Roger Lanctot
Recorded Live at Vision 2023, this episode features Carolyn Coquillette, CEO of Shop-Ware, discussing the release of their new mobile application, Tech App, designed to help technicians manage their work more efficiently. The app allows technicians to view a list of current jobs, track their time on individual services, and easily document findings and results, including inspections. The episode also touches on the challenges of building software for the automotive industry and the importance of customer feedback in the development process.
Carolyn Coquillette, Earthling Automotive, San Francisco, CA. She’s also the Founder and CEO of Shop-Ware. Listen to Carolyn’s other episodes HERE.
(00:00:25) Carolyn Coquillette discusses the features and benefits of Shop-Ware's new mobile application called Tech App, designed specifically for technicians to manage their work more efficiently. (00:02:10) Carolyn Coquillette explains the features of Tech App, including reviewing assigned jobs, tracking time, clocking in and out, and documenting findings and results of work through a mobile interface. (00:13:02) Carolyn Coquillette discusses the process of building a mobile app, including the importance of prioritization and the challenges of handling thousands of requests at the same time. (00:14:36) The power of engineering in software development and how it is often taken for granted by users. (00:16:09) Shop-Ware prioritizes feedback from users and it influences their product roadmap, including the development of their new mobile application called Tech App.
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Recorded Live at Vision 2023, Bill Haas and Sarah Fraser discuss strategies for dealing with difficult customers in the automotive industry. They provide tips on identifying warning signs, asking questions, and differentiating between difficult and upset customers. They also emphasize the importance of providing excellent customer service, building trust, and owning up to mistakes. Bonus at the end: a humorous anecdote about the purpose of buttons on a gentleman's sport coat sleeve.
Bill Haas, Haas Performance Consulting, Bill’s previous episodes HERE.
Sara Fraser, Haas Performance Consulting, Sara’s previous episodes HERE. Show Notes
Difficult customers [00:02:04] The different types of difficult customers, how they affect the business, and how to identify warning signs. Strategies for dealing with difficult customers [00:03:21] Including not taking it personally, avoiding defensiveness, and providing opportunities for customers to tell their story. Differentiating between difficult and upset customers [00:05:54] Empowering Employees [00:07:11] Discussion on the importance of empowering employees to handle difficult customers Coaching Difficult Customers [00:08:49] The benefits of listening to recorded calls to coach employees on how to handle difficult customers, and the importance of asking the right questions to understand their concerns. Dealing with Demanding Customers [00:09:23] Control and Frustration [00:13:40] Discussion on how difficult customers often want to be in control of the situation and how frustration can lead to difficult behavior. Identifying Difficult Customers [00:14:00] How to identify warning signs of difficult customers and make them feel in control. Making a Connection [00:14:36] How to show customers that you care and are on their side, and how to differentiate between difficult and upset customers. Dealing with Comebacks [00:16:05] How to handle customers who return with complaints, and why it's important to own up to mistakes and make things right. Customer Service Experiences [00:18:32] The importance of good customer service experiences, and how to connect with upset customers by actively listening and repeating their concerns. Empathy and Care [00:21:37] Importance of showing empathy and care towards customers, and empowering employees to do the right thing. Customer Service in the Pandemic [00:25:06] Discussion on the impact of the pandemic on customer service, and experiences with short-staffed businesses. Key Phrase for Difficult Customers [00:29:01] The guests share a key phrase to use when dealing with difficult customers: "If you give me a moment, I know I can help you." Red Flag Words [00:29:28] The guests discuss the importance of avoiding red flag words when communicating with customers. Policy for Dealing with Difficult Customers [00:30:36] The idea of creating a policy for dealing with difficult customers.
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