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Got your attention? Good. The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect technician pay plan. There are countless ways to create any pay plan. I’ve heard all the claims and opinions, and to be honest, it’s getting a little frustrating. Claims that an hourly paid pay plan cannot motivate. That flat rate is the only way to truly get the most production from your technicians. And then there’s the hybrid performance-based pay plan that many claim is the best.
At a recent industry event, a shop owner from the Midwest boasted about his flat-rate techs and insisted that this pay plan should be adopted by all shops across the country. When I informed him that in states like New York, you cannot pay flat-rate, he was shocked. “Then how do you motivate your techs” he asked me.
I remember the day in 1986 when I hired the best technician who ever worked for me in my 41 years as an automotive shop owner. We’ll call him Hal. When Hal reviewed my pay plan for him, and the incentive bonus document, he stared at it for a minute, looked up, and said, “Joe, this looks good, but here’s what I want.” He then wrote on top of the document the weekly salary he wanted. It was a BIG number. He went on to say, “Joe, I need to take home a certain amount of money. I have a home, a wife, two kids, and my Harly Davidson. I will work hard and produce for you. I don’t need an incentive bonus to do my work.” And he did, for the next 30 years, until the day he retired.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. So, here’s mine. Money is a motivator, but not the only motivator, and not the best motivator either. We have all heard this scenario, “She quit ABC Auto Center, to get a job at XYZ Auto Repair, and she’s making less money now at XYZ!” We all know that people don’t leave companies, they leave the people they work for or work with.
With all this said, I do believe that an incentive-based pay plan can work. However, I also believe that a technician must be paid a very good base wage that is commensurate with their ability, experience, and certifications. I also believe that in addition to money, there needs to be a great benefits package. But the icing on the cake in any pay plan is the culture, mission, and vision of the company, which takes strong leadership. And let’s not forget that motivation also comes from praise, recognition, respect, and when technicians know that their work matters.
Rather than looking for that elusive perfect pay plan, sit down with your technician. Find out what motivates them. What their goals are. Why do they get out of bed in the morning? When you tie their goals with your goals, you will have one powerful pay plan.
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Academic chairs Dave Macholz and Vinnie Laverdi, discuss automotive training at the college level. Both work in the State University of New York system at community colleges. They cover the importance of soft skills in the industry, the role of mentors, and the need for industry professionals to engage with educational institutions. The episode emphasizes the sophistication of the automotive industry, the potential for growth and advancement in automotive careers and the need to incorporate electric vehicle technology into the curriculum. Vinnie Laverdi's previous episodes HERE. Dave Macholz's previous episodes HERE.
Frustration with the perception of the automotive aftermarket as "mom and pop" businesses Topics to be discussed: enrollment, working with high schools, A.S. degrees versus I.O.S. degrees, Co-op programs at community colleges and their benefits Process of changing the curriculum to incorporate electric vehicle (EV) technology Importance of industry support and advisory panels in curriculum changes Building relationships with high school teachers and partnerships with High School centers Difference between AAS and AOS degrees Importance of soft skills. Dave has a portfolio Class Thanks to our Partner, Dorman Training. Training technicians today for the challenges of tomorrow! https://www.dormantraininglive.com/
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Spotting the Early Signs of a Downturn: Adapting, and Driving Toward a Stronger Future - Chris Cotton Weekly BlitzBy carmcapriotto
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In this episode of Auto Fix Auto Shop Coaching, Coach Chris Cotton discusses the potential signs of a recession and its impact on the auto repair industry. He highlights indicators such as rising unemployment rates, declining consumer spending, and stock market volatility. Cotton also discusses the mixed effects of a recession on the industry, including potential parts obsolescence and reduced cash flow. He advises listeners to prepare by diversifying services and increasing their online presence. The episode emphasizes the importance of preparedness and not panicking during economic downturns.
Recognizing the signs of a recession (00:01:06) The speaker discusses the topic of recognizing the signs of a recession and mentions a post in a shop owner group that sparked interest in the subject.
Rising unemployment rates (00:02:24) The speaker explains that rising unemployment rates can be a sign of financial trouble and shares their thoughts on the current unemployment situation.
Declining consumer spending (00:03:20) The speaker talks about how a dip in retail sales figures can indicate consumers tightening their belts and expresses concerns about maxed-out credit cards and defaults on payments.
The impact on the auto repair industry (00:09:40) Discussion on how recessions can have a mixed impact on the auto repair industry, with people potentially delaying buying new cars and needing to repair their existing vehicles.
Potential challenges during a recession (00:10:53) Exploration of potential challenges during a recession, such as parts obsolescence, reduced cash flow, and supply chain issues.
Actions to take to prepare for a recession (00:12:00) Advice on actions to take for auto repair businesses to prepare for a recession, including diversifying services, increasing online presence, stockpiling cash, improving efficiency, engaging with the community, and being adaptable and innovative.
Recognizing the signs of a recession Indicators of a recession: rising unemployment rates, declining consumer spending, stock market volatility, flattening or inverted yield curve Impact of government policies, global events, and consumer sentiment on the economy Importance of staying informed and not panicking Need for preparedness and taking action before a potential downturn Impact of a recession on the auto repair industry Delayed car purchases leading to increased need for repairs Concerns about parts obsolescence and availability Effects of a recession on the auto repair industry: reduced cash flow, less disposable income, supply chain issues, potential affordability of skilled labor compromising quality of work Actions to prepare for a recession in the auto repair industry: diversifying services, increasing online presence
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