How to Have a Four Day Work Week with Eric Henley [RR 627]
Eric Henley, owner of H-Teck Auto Care in Gray, TN, is 4th generation of mechanical repair. He received an associate’s degree in Auto Service Technology and spent over 15 years at a Honda dealership. Eric started H-Teck Auto Care in 2006 with just him, his dad and his wife. Going on over 15 years in business he now has a 6 bay shop.
- 4 generations in the automotive industry
- Grandfather was a blacksmith and father used to bring home cars to be fixed up. Eric grew up fixing bicycles, lawnmowers and cars.
- Received an associates degree in Auto Service Technology
- Spent 15 years in dealerships- income can go down as skill level goes up (more skilled jobs often wouldn’t pay as much)
- Hiring new technicians
- Uses Indeed and Facebook Marketplace but the best results come from word of mouth and referrals from existing employees
- Current prospect is 21 year old Skills USA graduate
- Current tenured technicians – 15 years, 11 years, 3 years
- Food Friday’s
- Either grill or go out to eat every Friday- have employee meeting over a meal
- All employees and Eric discuss any issues, improvements, ideas, areas needed for training, or tools needed. Open dialogue and non-formal
- Eric gives his employees the opportunity for responsibilities in the business- currently working on updating SOP’s with more DVI usage
- Shop is open 5 days a week with weekends off
- Eric is in the shop 4 days a week because he trusts his employees- they are good people able to follow the SOP’s in place and make day to day decisions
- Employees will know if you don’t trust them- creates “neediness” for everything
- Gives his employees monthly expenditures they can use for customers in need
- Spends extra time in the community and with his family
- He is very involved in his employee’s lives and is flexible with work schedules based on their family schedules
- What makes a great service advisor?
- Excellent people skills and communication skills- enjoy talking to people
- Can think quickly on their feet, a warm personality, patient and good listener
- Similar to a good waitress/waiter- there when you need them, listen to what you need, then go on to the next table.
- Both of Eric’s service advisors are in ongoing training
- Best service advisor trainers- previous service advisor, or previous technician with good people skills, or having parts experience
- Requires minimum 30 hours per year of training
- Utilized online training a lot last year during COVID shutdowns
- RRR 588 with Jim Fleischman and Matt Manzone- Dealership tech now works for an independent
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