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This is more of a statement of our entire nation, rather than just our industry. I'm 30 years old. I've grown up working on everything I can get my hands on ... house projects, electrical wiring, welding,car work, anything. This used to be normal for guys in our nation. Just about every 50-60 year old that I know does all this work himself. They build their own houses , do their own plumbing, and maintain their own engines. Not so much in my peer group of 30 year olds ... I know one or two that might tinker a bit with their engines or do some basic home maintenance ... but that is very much the minority. We've put white collar jobs on a pedestal and demonized anything involving dirt and grime. It's terrible for our nation ... but, I guess, great for our industry.

 

Mike Rowe (from Dirty Jobs and Ford F150 commercials) said it best in front of the US Congress. "America has a dysfunctional relationship with work." (click to watch the Youtube video ... he's got a great perspective)

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  • Have you checked out Joe's Latest Blog?

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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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