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5 Ways to Deal with the Impact of Short-staffing

How do you deal with the impact of being short-staffed?

We asked automotive business coach Workshop Whisperer Rachael Evans for her advice.


Explore ways you can do more with less

“I have a client who this time last year had a team of 10,” Rachael said. “Now he’s got a team of six and they’re outselling and outproducing what they did with 10.“

“He was forced into that situation because of the skills shortage, but this is the result.”

Rachael said:

Rachael’s benchmark:

Two technicians and two apprentices should be able to generate $1.2 million in revenue themselves if they work at an efficient and productive capacity.


Consider skilled migration

“100% of our clients who have recruited offshore in the last 18 months cannot speak highly enough of the result,” Rachael said.

“The process is lengthy, but they’ve achieved the return on investment they were after. They’ve got workers who want to work and who come highly qualified.“

“Come to the conversation with an open mind,” she said. “Generally, they’re hard-working, grateful and they’re loyal.”

Rachael’s secret to success:

Support your sponsored workers to connect with the local community, so they can start to put down roots.


Be smarter in your recruitment

“If you’re recruiting, you’ve got to completely reimagine the opportunity that you are providing by giving someone a job,” Rachael said.

“To win someone over to your business these days, you have to offer them the best job they’ve ever had.”

That might mean doing things you’re uncomfortable with, like:

Rachael’s pro-tip:

“I highly recommend considering a move to some version of a four-day work week and using that as a recruitment tool because it works amazingly well,” she said.


Focus on retention strategies

It’s easier to keep the staff you have than it is to recruit new team members, so Rachael recommends paying close attention to retention.

“That starts with their leadership,” she said. “It’s the owner’s job to set the culture.”

Ask yourself:


Make sure you’re charging customers to reflect your costs

“When you’ve got a three-week waiting list (if it’s not through inefficiency), you are technically what we’d call oversubscribed,” Rachael said.

Rachael recommends:

If you’re oversubscribed, reassess and recalculate your pricing to reflect your costs and ensure you’re getting the return you deserve. Consider the economic supply and demand equation in your calculations.

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Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is intended to constitute business or financial advice. Members should consider their personal circumstances and seek their own independent advice as necessary.