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Auto shop owners are always looking for ways to improve production levels. They focus their attention on their technicians and require certain expectations of performance in billable labor hours. While technicians must know what is expected of them, they have a limited amount of control over production levels. When all factors are considered, the only thing a well-trained technician has control over is his or her actual efficiency.
As a review, technician efficiency is the amount of labor time it takes a technician to complete a job compared to the labor time being billed to the customer. Productivity is the time the technician is billing labor hours compared to the time the technician is physically at the shop. The reality is that a technician can be very efficient, but not productive if the technician has a lot of downtime waiting for parts, waiting too long between jobs, or poor workflow systems.
But let’s go deeper into what affects production in the typical auto repair shop. As a business coach, one of the biggest reasons for low shop production is not charging the correct labor time. Labor for extensive jobs is often not being billed accurately. Rust, seized bolts, and wrong published labor times are just a few reasons for lost labor dollars.
Another common problem is not understanding how to bill for jobs that require extensive diagnostic testing, and complicated procedures to arrive at the root cause for an onboard computer problem, electrical issue, or drivability issue. These jobs usually take time to analyze, using sophisticated tools, and by the shop’s top technician. Typically, these jobs are billed at a standard menu labor charge, instead of at a higher labor rate. This results in less billed labor hours than the actual labor time spent. The amount of lost labor hours here can cripple a shop’s overall profit.
Many shop owners do a great job at calculating their labor rate but may not understand what their true effective labor is, which is their labor sales divided by the total labor hours sold. In many cases, I have seen a shop that has a shop labor rate of over $150.00 per hour, but the actual effective labor rate is around $100. Not good.
Lastly, technician production can suffer when the service advisors are too busy or not motivated to build relationships with customers, which results in a low sales closing ratio. And let’s not forget that to be productive, a shop needs to have the right systems, the right tools and equipment, an extensive information system, and of course, great leadership.
The bottom line is this; many factors need to be considered when looking to increase production levels. While it does start with the technician, it doesn’t end there. Consider all the factors above when looking for ways to improve your shop’s labor production.
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Episode 141 - Embracing Change in the Automotive Repair Industry With Matt Ruffman
In this episode of "The Weekly Blitz," Coach Chris Cotton discusses the importance of being prepared in life and business, drawing from his own recent experiences. He shares a harrowing account of a multi-vehicle accident he witnessed, emphasizing the fragility of life.
He also expresses frustration at bystanders who filmed a deceased person rather than offering help. Cotton encourages listeners to be ready to help others and to have plans in place should something happen to them. He ends the episode with a message of gratitude for his listeners and the importance of continuous learning and growth in the auto repair industry.
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The Near Accident and Reflection (00:02:17) Coach Chris Cotton recounts a recent near accident on the road and reflects on the fragility of life.
Assessing the Accident Scene (00:05:51) Coach Chris Cotton describes the aftermath of the accident and his efforts to check on the drivers involved.
Reflecting on Life and Gratitude (00:09:07) Coach Chris Cotton emphasizes the importance of being mentally, physically, and spiritually prepared for life and expresses gratitude for his own life and listeners.
Coach Chris Cotton expresses his frustration with people taking pictures and videos of a tragic accident instead of offering help, and emphasizes the importance of being prepared, spiritually ready, and grateful.
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How can different personality types impact leadership and success in business? Murray Voth discusses the importance of understanding personality types in business. He introduces a new acronym, CASE, which stands for Controller, Analyzer, Socializer, and Entrepreneur. The conversation also covers the role of human motivation, clear expectations and accountability in managing employees, and the importance of giving space to your partner in a marriage and how it applies to business relationships. Find out how you can create a harmonious and productive team dynamic, where individuals can play to their strengths and contribute effectively to the business. Murray Voth, RPM Training. Listen to Murray’s previous episodes HERE Show Notes
CASE: Controller, Analyzer, Socializer, Entrepreneur Defaulting to Personality Types Under Stress (00:08:42) Discussion on how individuals default to certain personality types under moments of stress, fear, and overwhelm. Understanding and Utilizing Different Personality Types in Leadership (00:09:45) Exploring how different personality types, such as controllers, analyzers, socializers, and entrepreneurs, can contribute to effective leadership and business success. Using the SOAR Acronym for Problem-Solving (00:16:19) Introduction of the SOAR acronym (Situation, Outcome, Action, Results) as a tool for problem-solving and decision-making in coaching and personal development. The Outcome and Visualization (00:17:08) Discussing the importance of imagining the desired outcome and visualizing the qualities and skills of a potential service advisor. Taking Actions (00:17:57) Exploring the necessary actions to achieve the desired outcome, such as creating an advertisement, conducting interviews, and ultimately hiring a service advisor. Dopamine and Accountability (00:18:51) Highlighting the role of dopamine in motivating and rewarding oneself throughout the process, as well as redefining accountability as providing clear expectations and tools for employees. The technician who is a serial or the visionary (00:25:22) Discusses the different types of technicians and how to effectively utilize their skills and strengths in a shop environment. The analyzer technician who spends excessive time diagnosing (00:26:17) Explores the reasons behind why some technicians feel the need to overanalyze and prove themselves, and shares a personal story about an apprentice. The importance of decision making and understanding personal strengths (00:30:46) Highlights the impact of decision making on business and personal life, and emphasizes the importance of making decisions based on strengths rather than getting stuck in analysis paralysis. The Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset (00:35:20) The concept of growth mindset vs fixed mindset and how it affects learning and personal development. Fear of Regret (00:37:43) The fear of regret and how it holds people back from making decisions and taking risks. The Check Engine Lights of Your Business (00:41:46) Teaching business owners to diagnose their business using KPI technology and scanning tools. Learning How to Learn (00:42:31) Beta testing the idea of using personality assessments to understand team dynamics and improve business performance. Playing to Strengths in the Shop (00:43:36) Positioning team members based on their strengths, such as having analyzers in the background and socializers at the front counter. Thanks to our Partners, AAPEX and NAPA TRACS Set your sights on Las Vegas in 2024. Mark your calendar now … November 5th-7th, 2024. AAPEX - Now more than ever. And don’t miss the next free AAPEX webinar. Register now at http://AAPEXSHOW.COM/WEBINAR NAPA TRACS will move your shop into the SMS fast lane with onsite training and six days a week of support and local representation. Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at http://napatracs.com/ Connect with the Podcast: -Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RemarkableResultsRadioPodcast/ -Follow on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmcapriotto/ -Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/remarkableresultsradiopodcast/ -Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RResultsBiz -Visit the Website: https://remarkableresults.biz/ -Join our Insider List: https://remarkableresults.biz/insider -All books mentioned on our podcasts: https://remarkableresults.biz/books -Our Classroom page for personal or team learning: https://remarkableresults.biz/classroom -Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/carm -The Aftermarket Radio Network: https://aftermarketradionetwork.com -Special episode collections: https://remarkableresults.biz/collections
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