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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.
"Do you have the strength to be honest with yourself?" Michael Smith discusses the importance of personal and company-wide SWOT analysis. He explores the need for continuous learning, development and the role of collaborative feedback in identifying blind spots. He emphasizes the importance of going beyond the initial analysis to consider future goals and potential obstacles. Michael Smith, Herzberg Smith and Co, Michael Smith’s previous episodes HERE Show Notes
The concept of doing a personal SWOT analysis (00:01:57) Exploration of the idea of doing a personal SWOT analysis and the importance of getting feedback from others. Starting a personal SWOT analysis with a company SWOT analysis (00:06:23) Suggestion to start the personal SWOT analysis by first conducting a company SWOT analysis and using the insights to inform the individual analysis. The SWOT Analysis and Leadership (00:08:03) Discussion on the importance of doing a SWOT analysis for businesses and the role of leaders in driving the future of the organization. The Importance of Self-Development for Leaders (00:09:31) Exploration of the need for leaders to participate in their own self-development and identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The Path to Mastery for Individuals and Organizations (00:14:54) Emphasis on the ongoing and evolving nature of the path to mastery for individuals and organizations, and the importance of continuous improvement. The importance of individualized learning and development (00:15:03) Discusses the concept of individualized learning and development programs, focusing on strengths and weaknesses. The need for continuous learning and development (00:16:25) Emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and development, including attending conferences and reading books. The importance of accountability and institutionalizing development (00:18:10) Highlights the need for leadership to walk the talk, institutionalize development, and hold people accountable for continuous learning and improvement. The SWOT Afternoon (00:22:08) Discussing the concept of doing a personal SWOT analysis with the team and the benefits of fostering a collaborative culture. Facilitating the Conversation (00:23:14) Exploring the art of facilitating a conversation and the importance of listening and not interrupting during discussions. 360 Reviews and Mentoring (00:25:11) Explaining the use of 360 reviews and the importance of selecting trusted individuals for feedback, as well as the benefits of mentoring relationships within the organization. Inviting Industry Guests (00:29:56) Carm and Michael express their interest in inviting industry professionals to share their experiences and discuss the effectiveness of implementing the discussed strategies.
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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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