Life in the retail automotive industry is taxing. Managers and employees work long hours and, in many cases, are with their co-workers more than they are with their families. Miscommunications, tension or arguments can detract from the efficiency of the dealership, and thus decrease overall profitability.
Technicians and service advisors work very closely together. Communication between them needs to be smooth and efficient. A company culture filled with friction can easily prevent a dealership’s service department from living up to its full potential.
A recent article in Ward’s magazine does a really good job of covering the need for improved relationships between technicians and their service advisors. Technicians are paid by how efficiently productive they can be. The more work they can complete in a day, the more money they make. Service advisors, on the other hand, are paid primarily on commission. According to the article, this can cause problems between the two groups.
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