Five Tips For Improving Your Productivity At Your Garage
Getting the right pieces of garage equipment is only the first step towards creating a productive and effective auto shop. Without the right staff and expertise, you are still going to find that you take ages to complete even the simplest of jobs, no matter how good your equipment is.
Some garages may struggle to deal with their workload due to a number of inefficiencies, so here we look at some of the things that you can do to make your garage as productive as possible.
It is important to keep track of what everybody is doing in the garage at all times, so you know the jobs that are currently being worked on and the ones that you have waiting in the wings. If you let your technicians work entirely on their own accord, you may find that they prioritise the wrong jobs or end up slowing down because they aren’t aware that they have other work that they need to do.
Try to ensure that you speak with all of your technicians at least once a day so that you can get a better feel for what they are working on and if they need any help with a job. Better yet, by maintaining good communication with your crew you will be able to spot issues before they fully develop, allowing you to nip them in the bud and ensure they don’t affect workplace productivity.
No matter how good a mechanic is, there is always something new to learn. Keep this in mind in relation to your staff and understand the importance and regular training to keep your mechanics’ skills sharp and ensure they work in the manner that you would expect them to while under your company banner. Everything from technical courses through to training on how best to handle customers can go a long way to making the mechanic more efficient and your garage more productive.
Your technicians are working hard to ensure that your garage is run as effectively as possible, so make sure you show a little appreciation every now and again for the work that they are doing. A simply “thank-you” can go a long way for many people, but it’s also always nice when the boss shows up with breakfast sandwiches or other treats that let the rest of the staff know that they are appreciated for the effort they are putting in.
Embrace New Equipment
We said at the top of the piece that owning new garage equipment won’t necessarily make your garage more productive, but that’s assuming you don’t take the other steps we’ve mentioned. If you keep your technicians motivated and well-trained, you will find that new pieces of garage equipment can increase their productivity enormously. Make sure that you carefully consider areas where your garage needs to improve and buy the relevant equipment so that you can provide an even better service to your customers.