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Challenges in Today’s Gen Y Workforce
By Teresa Aquila
Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experiencerepairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches abasic auto-repair class for women, host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show author and writer.
Technology and parent rearing are the gears that turn today’s job seekers. Modern day companies are struggling to maintain a workforce in today’s economy. Unlike years past, current day employees have different views and demands on what energizes them to be loyal to their employers. Old employment strategies are out the window with this new Gen Y generation ages 16 to 38 years of age, depending on which study you believe. Our nation’s labor force in the automotive sector is diminishing and being phased out by retirement, with very few coming into the industry on the horizon.
What exactly are companies up against in attracting good sound employees to keep their bottom line in the black? Yesterday’s tactics are in the history books and have very little room on the table today. Maintaining a competitive edge with your competition is the key to success in this day and age.
How does a company transform itself when it comes to new hires? Understanding the Gen Y and Millennial generations is your first step. Before setting out to flood the job market with employment posts, let’s look at what you are up against. If you have dedicated longtime employees that are loyal to the company, hiring this new style of workforce may cause some protest on both sides of the aisle. Why?
The Millennials embrace the job market a bit differently than those employees you hired five or 10 years ago. In the past, employers held the strings with a strong hold on the job market. You would search for a position through newspapers, friends or family, or employment agencies. It was pretty cut and dried, with a description of the job opening, qualifications and a listing of the duties.Seems pretty simple, and it was.
Wearing the Human Resources shoes today takes on a different style. The new generation of employees have demands, not verbally, but socially. Understanding the job market is key to attracting the right candidates.
A study was completed by LinkedIn and Snagajob, online employment websites specializing in the hourly marketplace. The study showed that those surveyed indicated 71 percent of the hourly workforce is under 30 and felt that scheduling flexibility was a key factor. Of those, 59 percent felt that flexibility would result in higher job productivity. More than half said learning new things or accessing professional development opportunities would encourage them to be loyal to their job.
Close to 90 percent of Millennials expressed the value to them of having a reward system during training, and half of them stated that having friends in the workplace would motivate them and increase productivity. Another key factor: they value regular feedback from their employer about their performance, with 33 percent preferring recognition over higher pay.
Investing in new employees is costly to a company’s bottom line. High turnover can slow production and generate a reduction in output to consumers, taking a toll on not only the company but existing employees through overtime.
As an employer, what should you do?
• Develop consistent interview guidelines and questions. 
• Understand what your competitors are engaged in and what they offer their employees.
• Make expectations clear and be transparent about the company.
• Outline a recognition program for employees where they can be recognized by supervisors.
• Cultivate a team-building culture, whether inside the workplace or outside of the workplace.
• Empower employees in all positions and allow them to be a part of some decision-making.
• Educating your managers to understand this new style of workforce and to motivate employees.
How did we get to this stage? Millennial characteristics vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions; the generation is generally marked by an increased use of and familiarity with communications, media and digital technologies. In most parts of the world, their upbringing was marked by an increase in a liberal approach to politics and economics; the effects of this environment are disputed.
The Great Recession has had a major impact on this generation because it caused historically high levels of unemployment among young people, and has led to speculation about possible longterm economic and social damage to this generation.
Teresa’s article dated August 2013 in the Happy Herald. Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 28 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women and host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show.
Here it comes, E15. What is E15? API officials and a wide group of opponents that included auto manufacturers and poultry farmers argued that E15 could cause corrosion and damage to several car components, including engines. Some car makers say drivers could inadvertently void their warranties by pumping it into their gas tanks. AAA, the nation’s largest motoring organization, has called for increased study of the potential dangers to vehicle parts, and says potential dangers particularly exists for vehicles built prior to 2001.The EPA, on the other hand, says E15, which is comprised of a 15 percent ethanol blend instead of the usual 10 percent, is safe for cars.
This mixture will harm engine components and seals in these prior years causing premature engine failure. Some stations I have used have the E85 as a separate pump, but as you see from the photo, paying attention at the pumps is something
to consider so that you do not pick the wrong nozzle.
I am also concerned for household items such as lawnmowers and weed eaters just to name a few if this type of fuel is used. Make sure you read your manufacturers owners manual to learn what type of fuel should be used. You do not want a costly mistake. I remember the days when fuel was pretty simple to purchase and I must say, it also was way less than a $1.00 a gallon. With that price, you also received full service. Of course, those days are gone for good, so making sure you keep your automobile running in top shape and avoiding the costly trips to a service shop are always top priority.
One thing I do at the first of every month is to use a good brand of fuel cleaning. It helps to keep the injectors running efficiently.
The EPA, on the other hand, says E15, which is comprised of a 15 percent ethanol blend instead of the usual 10 percent, is safe for cars.
Happy Herald direct link to article
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Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently, she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women and host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show.
In its latest step into the auto market, Amazon has struck deals with several of the largest auto parts suppliers in the U.S. to sell their products directly through Amazon, the New York Post reports.
With this new venture, Amazon will put itself in direct competition with major auto parts retailers like, Napa, O’Reilly, Auto Zone and Advanced Auto Parts. Robert Bosch, Federal-Mogul, Dorman Products and Cardone Industries are just a few of the major auto parts manufactures to sell products at Amazon.
The US auto parts business has shown steady growth, and in recent years, the shift has been to e-commerce purchases. The auto parts business has generated over $68 billion just in 2015. While U.S. auto sales grew only one percent per year over the previous decade, sales at the major aftermarket auto parts chains grew seven percent per year. This is largely due to an aging vehicle fleet in the US, which has drummed up business for aftermarket parts sellers.
E-commerce held a larger share of that. E-commerce auto parts sales in the US grew 16% last year to reach $7.4 billion, with Amazon and eBay holding the top two spots in terms of online auto parts sales, according to market research firm Hedges & Company.
I personally am a price shopper and check all possibilities when it comes to not only buying auto parts for customers, but personally as well. Honestly, I have found other online retailers to have better pricing for the same products that Amazon offers with free shipping. The downside is that instead of a one to two day delivery, it took five days to arrive. Faster options were available.
The one caveat is if the customer is in need of the part right now, or can they wait a few days and save several dollars. I purchase from some of the larger brick and mortar stores like Summit Racing, O’Reilly and at times Walmart. I am not a Walmart devoted shopper, but I will purchase items such as engine oil and anti freeze that they offer less expensively than other stores.
Some of your brick and mortar stores are changing the way they do business by offering price matching for places like a local Walmart, but have not yet bowed to doing so with matching Amazon’s pricing.
If Amazon begins to take a huge chunk of the market share in the auto parts business, that soon may change, otherwise they may be left at the curb wondering what happened.
As a mechanic, I like to place my eyes and hands on a part that I am replacing for a customer because there are times where the photo of the part is not completely revealing.
For several years, I have been doing business with a company called 1A Auto and they offer free shipping on all their products, how to videos, great customer service along with amazing prices. They carry name brand products most of the time, must less than Amazon or the local retailers. Out of all the parts I have ordered from 1A Auto, not one has failed or needed to be returned. And prior to placing your order on websites like 1A Auto, you can contact their customer support if you have questions, where that is not the case with Amazon.
The mark up in auto parts varies and some can be as high as 300 percent, so places like Walmart or Amazon where they can either fulfill the product through one of their warehouses or have it shipped direct from the manufacturer can help with the bottom line cutting out the middle man.
Websites like YouTube and several of the aftermarket online auto parts retailers offering how to videos have helped drive the consumer to attempt repairs themselves. Not always with success.
How do online companies compare when it comes to their return policies? I have found the reputable companies to include Amazon have an immediate return acceptance policy along with prepaid return shipping. Something you should research prior to purchasing in case you may need to return the item. So if you are thinking about venturing into purchasing from the e-commerce auto parts websites, do your homework on the part needed.
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