“PAHR: Prepare – Attract – Hire – Retain” Review

In this clip from our People Process Workshop, the group discusses the PAHR auto repair staffing process. Learn how to find and retain the right staff for your automotive shop.

As we join the video in progress, Brian reviews a few incentives many shop owners use to entice potential employees. These include signing bonuses and flexible hours, as well as purchasing them new work boots for them annually. We may be seeking the best candidate for the job, but if we are to successfully hire them, we must sweeten the deal for them.

Call participant Nikki reviews her shop’s hiring process, from advertising the position, to interviewing, to training new hires. Every detail of each step is crucial. Our friend Joe Evans adds the important caveat that we must have a written system (SOP) for our shop’s hiring process. Anyone in the shop should be able to conduct the steps if necessary.

Retaining Staff – Creating a Positive Work Culture

Jim Ryckman then speaks on the “R” in “PAHR” – retain. Every facet of your relationship with your new hire, starting with the onboarding step, is crucial to keeping them.

Joe Sevart follows up afterward, explaining the culture in his shop. Every team member is part of a family. Before the second interview, he requires potential hires to review and approve his written culture guide. If they can’t commit to it fully, then they are not a good fit for his family. There is no room for a toxic personality in his garage, so Joe makes sure this requirement is met before the hire. Each employee contributes to the culture guide, and also makes decisions about benefits, equipment purchases, and more. This way, everyone feels like an important family member, and has a figurative stake in the business.

Finally, Joe explains that if he hires a technician, he does not allow them to even turn a wrench for a full week. While they are onboarding that first week, it is important to learn all they can about the business. Once they are immersed in the business culture, they are then ready to concentrate on their work.

Closing thoughts on Auto Repair Staffing

Andy Arndt then points out that it is much cheaper to retain an existing employee than to hire a new one. The auto repair staffing process is both time consuming and expensive. Invest a small amount of time listening to and mentoring each employee regularly. That way, you may save yourself a lot of headaches in the future. Who knows – you may have lost a valuable employee in the past over an issue you could have instead resolved in house.

Nevertheless, if you respect you have made a bad hire, Brian suggests looking at three factors: don’t know, can’t do (aren’t able), and don’t care. As an owner or manager, you can possibly remedy the don’t know and can’t do with additional training. If your team member can’t shake the don’t care attitude, though, they have to go.

Auto Repair Staffing Process – Prepare, Attract, Hire, Retain!

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