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pDo you have what it takes to wear the title, quot;strongTomorrow#39;s Technician/Chicago Pneumatic School of the Yearquot;?/strong/ppstrongIf you do, you have less than 60 days to enter for a chance to win this year#39;s honors!/strong/pp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"Tomorrow’s Technician is pleased to partner with Chicago Pneumatic to present the 2008/09 School of the Year Award/font/pfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"nbsp;/font p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"We want to honor the best Automotive School in the U.S., and strongwe invite you to enter today/strong!span style="mso-spacerun:yes;"nbsp; /spanNominations are also accepted*/font/pfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"nbsp;/font p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"To enter, send the required information andnbsp;answer why quot;Your school should be named the School of the Yearquot; in 500 words or less. nbsp;You can send your entry to the address below or e-mail the information to: /fonta href="mailto:[email protected]"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"[email protected]/font/afont face="Times New Roman" size="3". Entries can also be submitted online at /fonta href="http://www.tomorrowstechnician.com/"font face="Times New Roman" color="#800080" size="3"www.tomorrowstechnician.com/font/afont face="Times New Roman" size="3". Click on the Chicago Pneumatic image. Finalists will be contacted by telephone. /font/pfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"nbsp;/font p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"In addition to nationwide recognition for a job well done, the 2009 School of the Year will receive a Chicago Pneumatic School of the Year flag and shop banners, plus Chicago Pneumatic tools, wearables and other prizes. Four regional prizes will be awarded, with the Grand Prize winner earning additional prizes and awards. /font/pfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"nbsp;/font p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"There are lots of ways to enter!/font/pol style="MARGIN-TOP:0in;"li class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"Send the required information, plus the answer to the qualifying question to: 2008/09 School of the Year, 3550 Embassy Parkway, Akron, OH 44333./font/lili class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"Email your response to /fonta href="mailto:[email protected]"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"[email protected]/font/afont face="Times New Roman" size="3"./font/lili class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"Submit your response online by clicking the Chicago Pneumatic/Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year button at /fonta href="http://www.tomorrowstechnician.com/"font face="Times New Roman" color="#800080" size="3"www.tomorrowstechnician.com/font/afont face="Times New Roman" size="3"./font/li/olfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"nbsp;/font p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"Required Information to provide on Entry Form:/font/pp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"• Nominee’s Name and Position (must be current subscriber)/font/pp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"• School Name/font/pp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"• School Address/font/pp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"• City, State, Zip/font/pp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"• Daytime Phone Number/font/pp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"• E-mail Address/font/pfont face="Times New Roman" size="3"nbsp;/fontb style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;"font size="3"font face="Times New Roman"Qualifying Question: /font/font/bp class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN:0in 0in 0pt;"font face="Times New Roman" size="3"Answer the following question (500 words or less):/font/pb style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;"font size="3"font face="Times New Roman"Why should your school be named this year’s School of the Year?/font/font/b pnbsp;/pimg src="http://www.tomorrowstechnician.com/cs/aggbug.aspx?PostID=484" width="1" height="1"

 

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      I recently spoke with a friend of mine who owns a large general repair shop in the Midwest. His father founded the business in 1975. He was telling me that although he’s busy, he’s also very frustrated. When I probed him more about his frustrations, he said that it’s hard to find qualified technicians. My friend employs four technicians and is looking to hire two more. I then asked him, “How long does a technician last working for you.” He looked puzzled and replied, “I never really thought about that, but I can tell that except for one tech, most technicians don’t last working for me longer than a few years.”
      Judging from personal experience as a shop owner and from what I know about the auto repair industry, I can tell you that other than a few exceptions, the turnover rate for technicians in our industry is too high. This makes me think, do we have a technician shortage or a retention problem? Have we done the best we can over the decades to provide great pay plans, benefits packages, great work environments, and the right culture to ensure that the techs we have stay with us?
      Finding and hiring qualified automotive technicians is not a new phenomenon. This problem has been around for as long as I can remember. While we do need to attract people to our industry and provide the necessary training and mentorship, we also need to focus on retention. Having a revolving door and needing to hire techs every few years or so costs your company money. Big money! And that revolving door may be a sign of an even bigger issue: poor leadership, and poor employee management skills.
      Here’s one more thing to consider, for the most part, technicians don’t leave one job to start a new career, they leave one shop as a technician to become a technician at another shop. The reasons why they leave can be debated, but there is one fact that we cannot deny, people don’t quit the company they work for, they usually leave because of the boss or manager they work for.
      Put yourselves in the shoes of your employees. Do you have a workplace that communicates, “We appreciate you and want you to stay!”
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