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My son is not in the automotive industry. He is in the commercial real estate business. However, the workplace problems are the same. Recently, his frustration with the heads of the company reached an all-time high. When I asked him why he doesn’t speak up and let the leadership know how he is feeling, he responded, “Anyone who has voiced concerns or issues has been viewed as weak and incapable of doing their job. I don’t want to be viewed like that.” This is an example of a toxic work environment.
If you are a shop owner, you are a leader. And leaders must be approachable. That means that you are willing to hear the concerns of others and have them express themselves. It also means that while you may not agree with someone’s perspective on an issue, it is their perspective, and that viewpoint needs to be recognized and respected.
Make it known that you want to hear the opinions of others. Literally, ask for input from others. And thank those that speak up. Now, I am not saying that you need to act on every concern or opinion. That would not be realistic. But just listening may be enough. And you never know, someone in your company may have an idea that you never thought about and even improve your business.
Survey Results: The Impact of Pay, Benefits, Work-Life Balance, and Management on Technician Retention - Chris Cotton Weekly BlitzBy carmcapriotto
In this podcast episode, Coach Chris Cotton discusses the survey he created to understand why technicians are leaving the automotive industry, and sharing insights from the responses received so far. The top reasons include pay, benefits, work-life balance, and poor management. Coach Chris emphasizes the importance of addressing these issues to retain employees. He also highlights the need to attract more technicians to the independent sector and concludes by emphasizing the role of good owners or leaders in employee retention.
The age distribution of survey respondents [00:03:34] The speaker discusses the age range of the survey respondents, which includes people from 18 to 56 years old. Reasons for leaving the industry [00:05:58] The speaker explores the comments and opinions of technicians who have left the industry, focusing on the negative impact of dealerships. Alternative industries technicians are entering [00:08:42]. The speaker shares the various industries that technicians are transitioning into, including elevator and escalator maintenance, cybersecurity, construction, farming, and industrial mechanics. The main reasons for leaving the industry [00:11:59] Discusses the top four reasons people leave the industry: pay, benefits, work-life balance, and poor management. The importance of fixing pay and benefits [00:13:10] Emphasizes the need to address pay structure and pricing to improve pay, benefits, and work-life balance. The lack of effort to retain employees [00:16:38] Highlights that most respondents said that no one tried to keep them in the industry when they gave notice, suggesting a lack of effort from owners or leaders.
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Being overbooked doesn't necessarily equate to higher productivity or profitability. In this episode, our panel discusses the challenges and impact of being overbooked in the automotive repair industry. They emphasize the importance of understanding productivity numbers, managing customer expectations, avoiding burnout for the team, optimizing scheduling, and utilizing technicians' strengths. Think twice before you boast about being overbooked!
Murray Voth, RPM Training. Listen to Murray’s previous episodes HERE
Rick White, President and Lead Coach for 180BIZ, Listen to Rick’s previous episodes HERE.
Vic Tarasik, CEO of Shop Owner Coach. Vic’s previous episodes HERE.
Chris Cotton, AutoFix Auto Shop Coaching, Chris Cotton Weekly Blitz Podcast. Listen to Chris' previous episodes HERE
Watch Video Episode Understanding Overbooking (00:00:01) Discussion on the meaning of being overbooked and the importance of understanding productivity numbers. Avoiding Burnout for the Team (00:01:08) Exploration of the impact of being overbooked on the team and strategies to avoid burnout. Charging for Inspections (00:05:22) Highlighting the importance of charging for inspections and not undervaluing the work done. Customer Expectations and Scheduling (00:09:24) Discussion on the difference between shop expectations and customer expectations regarding scheduling and timelines. Under Promising and Over Delivering (00:12:09) Setting realistic timelines and managing customer expectations to avoid overpromising and underdelivering. The need to close open tickets and manage invoices (00:19:06) Encouragement to close open tickets and start new ones to avoid losing money and track customer follow-through. Shortening the timeline through effective dispatch (00:21:47) Suggestion to improve dispatch processes to maximize assets and shorten the timeline for completing jobs. The importance of understanding productivity numbers (00:21:54) Discussion on the need to focus on productivity rather than just increasing the number of cars in the shop. Managing customer expectations and avoiding burnout (00:22:40) The importance of having a comfortable booking schedule and avoiding sudden drops in workload. Dispatching and scheduling to strengths (00:26:46) Discussion on the need to assign jobs to technicians based on their strengths and expertise to maximize efficiency and productivity. The importance of managing stops and starts (00:30:25) Discussion on how interruptions in a technician's work can decrease productivity and the need for proper management of technician schedules. Facility utilization and bay management (00:31:39) The impact of adding more bays to a shop and the importance of considering facility utilization when expanding. Moving away from standalone oil changes (00:34:51) The benefits of booking cars for comprehensive services instead of just oil changes, and the need for better training for general service technicians. The importance of proactive inspections (00:37:39) The benefits of conducting thorough inspections and identifying potential work to be done during a customer's visit. Managing customer expectations (00:39:20) Exploring the concept of honoring the customer's time and offering them the option to have additional work done while their vehicle is in the shop. Taking control and guiding the customer (00:40:14) Emphasizing the need for shop owners to guide customers through the repair process and not assume they have the same knowledge, in order to provide better service and avoid potential issues in the future. The ethical and moral standards in auto repair (00:45:12) The ethical dilemma faced by shop owners in balancing customer service and avoiding unnecessary repairs.
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