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Back in March we wrote about giving a cost breakdown to disgruntled customers. Many companies face a similar dilemma with their own employees. Keeping your employees in the dark about the numbers that drive your business can lead to a number of outcomes, most of them bad, for the company, the customer, and the employees.
Most companies hire their field personnel based on their technical skills. Their ability to get the job done quickly and effectively is the paramount consideration. Unfortunately, technical skills are only part of what it takes to be a star technician. Before any work can be done, the tech has to sell the job to the customer. This is where the numbers come into play.
In order for most technicians to effectively sell your business services to a potential customer, they have to believe that you're offering good value for the price. If the company has not shared at least a broad outline of what goes into setting your prices in your flat rate books, the techs are left to judge for themselves.
This often involves subtracting their hourly pay from what the price book says the job costs. The tech knows that there are overhead items involved, but probably has no idea of how large overhead can be in a service business. They often assume that the company's profit rate is two or three times higher than it actually is.
This misunderstanding can make the tech feel that the prices he quotes from your flat rate price book are unreasonably high. This leads to a lack of confidence in the value that he is offering. The result can be a lower close rate, and limited up-selling to higher quality offerings. This hurts the company's bottom line. It can also reduce the employee's value to the business, and can reduce the tech's job satisfaction.
Failure to share your numbers with your top employees can also increase your employee turnover. Your high potential employees can believe that they are not sharing in the benefits of the "high profits" that the business appears to be making. They often choose quit to start their own business so the "big" profits will go directly to them.
The company loses sales dollars and valuable employees. The employee feels unappreciated in the job. The customer may not have the opportunity to get the right product. It's a lose-lose-lose situation.
Our experience with NSPG clients has shown that there is a range of how much the successful companies reveal to their employees. Some businesses are completely transparent with their employees. Their business numbers are an open book so their employees know why they charge what they do, and what the costs and profits are. This openness is used to foster the strong team spirit needed for a top level successful businesses.
Some businesses give their employees an executive summary of the company's finances. They are clear about the actual costs of running the business without breaking out too many details. Their employees know enough to understand the value that goes into every price listed in their flat rate books. This makes it easier to sell every job because they are confident that they are offering good value for every job.
The natural tendency when running a business is to keep every internal financial detail a secret. Some types of information must remain confidential, but offering your employees a peak behind the curtain can benefit everyone involved. Once you've crunched your numbers and are confident that they make sense, you can decide how much to share with your team. The right level of openness with your employee team can make everyone involved more confident, productive, satisfied, and profitable.
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George Brazil's Celebration of Life Ceremony
Family, friends, colleagues and employees are saddened at the loss of our long time founder, visionary, and legend, George Brazil. George passed on Wednesday, May 16, after a little over a year battle with illness; he was 83 years old. An icon in the plumbing and home service business world, he will be greatly missed by friends and family.
George is survived by his wife, Patricia Langlin Brazil, as well as his three daughters and one son, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
George Brazil's Celebration of Life Ceremony
If you plan to attend this event from out of town, a block of rooms has been reserved at the ceremony hotel location. Please call to make reservations with the hotel in the room block titled "The George Brazil Celebration of Life Room Block". The room rates are under $100 per night.
If possible and you plan to attend the ceremony, please message Brian McQuistion through the electronic form on the George Brazil Facebook page, so that we can have a better idea of attendees. Please also note on the form below if you would like to speak about George at the ceremony. We welcome anyone who would like to share a story or memory in his honor.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of George Brazil, to the Mayo Medical School Scholarship Endowment(click to donate), 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259.
Housing prices are up, home sales are up, mortgage rates
are down, and consumer confidence is down. 92% of
Cincinnati family owned businesses think the economy
with improve or remain the same this year. The
Chinese government is expected to announce new stimulus
that is expected to improve economies around the world.
With mixed signals from everywhere, it's hard to say
where things are going - probably sideways.
We are seeing announced industry price increases from 5
to 9% in a range of products.
Housing prices are up, home sales are up, mortgage rates are down, and consumer confidence is down. 92% of Cincinnati family owned businesses think the economy with improve or remain the same this year. The Chinese government is expected to announce new stimulus that is expected to improve economies around the world. With mixed signals from everywhere, it's hard to say where things are going - probably sideways.
We are seeing announced industry price increases from 5 to 9% in a range of products.
Call 800-841-8542 now so we can answer your questions
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