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Big Business in a Small Town- Candice and Jesse Buettenmuller [AW 083]


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Candice and Jesse Buettenmuller, TJ's Alignment and Repair, WaKeeney, KS

  • Challenges: Parts availability, vendor options, population
  • Benefits: awesome customers, vendors who know our names, personal interaction
  • Kansas City: population 156,000 in 128 square miles
  • WaKeeney: population 2,840 in 900 square miles
  • 6-8 cars per day with 2 technicians- customers are extremely patient and understanding
  • Carquest for parts- next parts distributor are 36 miles away, wait 1-3 days to get parts. Tires for a customer have been on order for 2 months
  • Training- ASTE and Vision. Closes shop and everyone goes to training.
  • Involved with the community- summer leagues, wrestling clubs, chamber of commerce. Kids have to come into the shop for donations, they can’t call/message/social media 

 

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
      One last thing; the cost of technician turnover can be financially devastating. It also affects shop morale. Do all you can to create a workplace where technicians feel they are respected, recognized, and know that their work contributes to the overall success of the company. This will lead to improved morale and team spirit. Remember, when you see a technician’s toolbox rolling out of the bay on its way to another shop, the heart was most likely gone long before that.
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