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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.
By Joe Marconi
Digital Vehicle Inspections (DVI) are becoming more and more common these days. I think this is a good thing.
What I am concerned about is how the the DVI report is being used. I am not a fan of sending the digital report to the customer to be used in place of the service advisor speaking and explaining the results of the report first. Would a doctor send the MRI, lab tests, and x-rays directly to the patient without the doctor first discussing the results? In fact, there are times when the doctor never shows the report results.
In my opinion, the DVI is a tool, and it's not meant to take the place of good old fashion person to person discussion, which is called customer service.
For my 5th episode with Paul ‘Scanner’ Danner, we sat in the ASTE studio and caught up on his life, his world. There are some great pictures if you watch the video version of the episode of him in 1994 and now. He reminisces about his Dodge Power Wagon, his family, and the Scanner Danner Brand. Paul was at ASTE to learn and continue to hone his craft. Paul has his son working with him in the creative process to keep ‘Scanner Danner’ relevant and up to date. Paul Danner, ScannerDanner. Listen to Paul’s previous episodes HERE. Key Talking Points
When you teach you learn and you have to continue to learn Ask yourself why when you come across problems as a technician and learn the answer Video editing- 40 hours for 4-hour video Started filming for his students that would reinforce the topic of his training ScannerDanner- one of his female students called him that from having scanner in his hands Teaching at Rosedale Technical College- he is a substitute and guest speaker Interested in teaching? The industry needs enthusiastic and young trainers to teach the younger generation. If you are burned out, teaching isn’t for you Paul works out of his brother’s shop- the original shop owners opened in 1993, and it was the first shop paul worked for. A year later, Paul got his brother a job at the shop. Now his brother is the owner. In 1994 Paul had a dodge power wagon- found another one, and now has his ‘old girlfriend back’ and is enjoying taking rides down memory lane with his wife
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The gang’s all here; we have the entire Aftermarket Radio Network together for an important episode inspired by the movie Moneyball. We all have experience with people who are not our top performers, but are we better to have them on the team than not? You know them; they are consistent, reliable, steady, and contributors. Are they worth replacing? Will they become the best or top performers, or do they help strengthen our overall performance? A great discussion among your peers.
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Key Talking Points
What REALLY contributes to production? Simpson Paradox Simon Sinec points out that Navy Seal teams value Trustworthiness far, far more than Performance. VIDEO HERE Tech productivity is one of the most important aspects of business, but how can these numbers skew what that employee is really doing (helping others, sharing duties outside of production, etc.) Are there some numbers or metrics that actually can look too good, which could cause an issue for growth or retention Numbers don’t lie, but sometimes can be misleading. Do your numbers match up with what you are trying to do with the business? You have to have your head up and eyes wide open to make sure you can identify the "doers" in your group. Do you have a scorecard for success for your technicians? Pay plans; incentive greatness Who are your ‘support people' to contribute and make the whole picture better Culture is contagious Training when hiring- Weaknesses- be honest with eachother Fine balance- profitability aspect, you can’t have a shop full of unicorns Removing obstacles
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