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By Joe Marconi in Joe's BlogTypically, when productivity suffers, the shop owner or manager directs their attention to the technicians. Are they doing all they can do to maintain high billable hours? Are they as efficient as they can be? Is there time being wasted throughout the technician’s day?
All these reasons factor into production problems, but before we point fingers at the technicians, let’s consider a few other factors.
Are estimates being written properly? Are labor testing and inspections being billed out correctly? Are you charging enough for testing and inspecting, especially for highly specialized electrical, on-board computer issues, and other complex drivability work? Is there a clear workflow process everyone follows that details every step from the write-up to vehicle delivery? Do you track comebacks, and is that affecting production? Is the shop layout not conducive to high production? For example, is it unorganized, where shop tools, technical information, and equipment are not easily accessible to every technician? Are you charging the correct labor rate and allowing for variables such as rust, vehicle age, and the fact that most labor guides are wrong? Also, is there effective communication between the tech and the service advisor to ensure that extra labor time is accounted for and billed to the customer? These are a few of the top reasons for low productivity problems. There are others, but the main point is to look at the entire operation. Productivity is a team effort. Blaming the techs or other staff members does not get to the root cause in most cases.
Maintaining adequate production levels is the responsibility of management to create the processes that will lead to high production while holding everyone accountable.
Guest host and shop tour with Dan Hensel and Rachael Barraclough, Amton Auto & Truck, Tonawanda, NY. They have two shop mascots and an intern who loves working with his hands.
Dan Hensel and Rachael Barraclough, Amton Auto & Truck, Tonawanda, NY.
5 bays- 25% fleet work Skeleton mascot- never took down after Halloween, gets decorated for all holidays now Mya- shop dog Intern Nolan- Big Picture program, Nolan's been at the shop since March 2022. He loves the hands-on work, retains information well, positive experience for both the shop and Nolan. Teaching on a different level. Part time employee- clean and maintain shop few days a week, retiree Best Bathroom in Western New York!
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