The retail auto business is stressful for all departments. In normal times, employees work 50+ hours per week simply to keep up with the demand from both customers and management. However, during the current pandemic, all departments are working harder than before to not only make a living but also to keep up with the expectations of their managers.
Front-line employees reflect your business as a whole. If those employees are stressed out over money or overtaxed by management’s expectations, this can easily spill over into the customer’s experience and affect their perception of the dealership.
So, what can be done? Here are a couple of simple points I have found that successful dealerships apply rigorously. And, best of all, they do not cost any money, but yield a huge ROI! These simple things can help lighten the mood for your team, which can translate into an exceptional experience for your customers.
The point is that we are living in abnormal times. It is more important than ever to treat your employees just like you would your customers – or perhaps even better! Thank them for their business (work), show them that you care about them (compassion), and reevaluate what you are expecting them to do about how your business is currently affected. It is often said that your employees will treat your customers only as well as they are treated as employees. How do you want your staff to treat customers when you're not looking?
I hope these simple tips are of some help. These are just a few ways to maintain a great company culture and keep your employees engaged with your business. They can help encourage your employees to be more invested in your business and that will translate into a better customer experience.