With the weather warming up, a desire to ditch work and kick your feet up poolside may be hard to avoid. However, in the world of automotive repair, the months leading into summer can be rather hectic. Your customers are also feeling restless and will need their cars properly serviced for summer road trips. So, how can you maintain productivity when the blazing heat hits?
Here are three quick tips on how to avoid distractions and keep your business on-track:
To maximize efficiency, you should keep the workspace as cool and insulated as possible. This will ensure that both your employees and your customers remain comfortable. Stand-up fans are an excellent way to keep air flowing, especially for your mechanics and techs who work in open garages. Just remember, safety first. Be sure to select safe areas of the shop to place the fans and always mount or secure them when possible.
While it may sound counter-productive, extending your employees’ breaks during the summer will give them the time they need to recharge. Treat your team to cool snacks and beverages such as popsicles, ice cream and bottles of water. It’s a nice way to show them your appreciation, also while curbing the heat and boosting morale.
Irritability and frustration are bound to occur in the shop, especially on the hottest days. That’s why it’s important to make sure you and your team are on the same page. Conduct brief early morning meetings before the shop opens. This will help you ensure your technicians, mechanics and service advisors thoroughly understand their designated tasks for the day. This will also give them an opportunity to ask questions and communicate with each other.
To learn more about perfecting the communication skills of your team, read here.
You can make your shop cool, even when things heat up. Step out of your comfort zone, get creative and shake things up a bit.