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Wondering what the general opinion and guideline is regarding employee's working on their vehicle at your shop when not on the clock? In my case, the shop is dead and this employee had an unexpected day off, because the shop is dead. Tickets need to be sold for the roller coaster ride I've been on with my workload. Every single day and week are drastically different from the last.

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I only have one part time employee myself and when the work is done he is welcome to the shop. In fact we just put an engine in his Dodge truck a few weeks ago. Took a few days but it was slow anyway so it didn't matter much anyway.

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LOL! I could just see me telling my father-in-;aw and brother-in-law that they couldn't work on their cars.... but they know I'll push it out in the morning if it gets in my way

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It depends on how the employee is paid. If he is commissioned only, then he can work on HIS vehicle. If hourly, then he needs to be off the clock. But there are always issues with workers' comp and supplies he may use. Who is responsible if the lift falls on him while at work on his vehicle or less dramatic, piece of metal in the eye? You are!

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We allow our techs time to work on their car at the shop. It boosts morale, and prevents them from setting up shop at home and avoid the temptation to do side work.

 

We also wash all customer cars and each employee can have his car washed one time per week.

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I like the car wash feature too. Morale is an issue, anything that an employee can view as a added perk is good.

I'm guilty of working on my own stuff, so I don't fuss to much if the techs need some time on their own cars... But I'm with everyone else, not allowing them to work on other family or friends cars. Those I always will tell them... OUTSIDE ONLY... DO NOT BLOCK BAYS... But at the same time we might get a rebuilder in or a restoration project that isn't a direct paying job for anyone. But, I'll give them a cut if we resell the car. That always works well... they tend to act like little greedy vultures when you tell them they can make a few bucks on a car... Nobody minds the extra cash...

 

Great posts ... I like reading about things like this... gives me new ideas for new stories... Gonzo

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