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A Lesson Learned By "Somebody I Used To Know"

I recently posted about this on Collision Blast, but I thought  I would reach out to more of the collision repair industry to see how important you think this is in today's work environment.

If you are not one of the 100 million people who have already watched "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Walk off the Earth, take a few minutes to watch it on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M

I like the song, but it's not the song, but the teamwork that caught my attention.  I thought this was pretty darn cool.  So you may be wondering, what the heck does this have to do with collision repair!

Well, online and anytime the industry is telling me what they expect from students I hear the word TEAMWORK…along with work ethics, attitude, etc.  In fact, we recently were going though our NATEF inspection at Butler and one of the team members from Carstar expressed this exact point.  He said it is important for the students to learn how to work as a team.

Why Team Work In Collision Repair

Times are changing and so are the way body shops do business.  Technicians may not have their independent work stall and do their own thing as they used to.  For instance, during the inspection, the ETL of NATEF called Rusty ECK Ford to ask about one of our former students who went to work for Rusty ECK.  He mentioned that the student had a good attitude and that he was willing to work as a part of their team.   At Rusty ECK, the technicians must work together.  The technician who takes a car apart, may not be the technician who puts the car back together.  That is why is important for everyone there to be on the same page .  Using specific uniform procedures, such as bagging and labeling parts will eliminate communication errors with your co-workers.

I do not know all of the facts about how Rusty ECK operates, but I have been told by the body shop manager that they work in teams and teamwork is important to him.

Teamwork Can Earn More Income

At one of our advisory meeting teamwork was brought up by several Auto Craft employees.  Two of them team together on the paint side.  The lead painter even switches positions with his team member.  He’ll prep and buff for a few weeks and let the other painter paint the vehicles.  He said this prevents either one of them from burning out from prepping or painting.  I thought  that was an excellent idea.  I can’t remember the number, but with the teamwork system they use, but they are able to push an enormous amount of work through the paint shop each week.

Advice

So if you are looking to advance and excel in the collision repair industry, music industry, or just about any other job, start learning how to work with others well.  You may be surprised how more you can accomplish with others, as opposed by yourself.

  • Together
  • Everyone
  • Accomplishes
  • More

What Are Your Thoughts On Teamwork?

QUESTIONS FOR YOU...1) How important is teamwork in your collision repair business?  2) What do you feel is the most important thing a new employee out of school should know before working at your shop?

Donnie Smith

CollisionBlast.com

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