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The drive to continuously grow and improve is at the heart of the MRAA, our members and our staff. That’s why we’re launching this blog: to share what we’re learning in our work and in our lives with you – and in hopes you’ll share what you’re learning too.

 

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The Dreaded Job Description

Posted By Bob McCann, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We rarely get pushback from dealers on the need for job descriptions. However, this one requirement often slows down a dealer’s completion of their Certification checklist. For some reason, creating and updating job descriptions ranks right up there with cleaning out the head — except when it comes to the person whose job description is in question.

You might be one of the many dealers who doesn’t have job descriptions already created, in which case you’re likely thinking to yourself: “Where do I start?” Simple. If you’re an MRAA member, you have free access to 50-plus job descriptions in the MRAA Rewards Career Center. These descriptions are available as Word files for easy editing. For instance, if you have a Parts & Service Manager, we have separate descriptions for a Parts Manager and a Service Manage that you can merge. Just copy and paste them into one document to build a unique job description. Once you have reviewed and edited the document, share it with the employee and have them help you finalize the details.

One of the dealer best practices we have identified is to get your employees involved in the creation of their own job description. How? Incorporate it into their performance review, which, of course, is an important part of employee development and retention.

Updating job descriptions during a performance review is a surprisingly effective way to get productive conversation moving between the employee and their supervisor. Simply share the employee’s current job description or one just conceived for them and ask them to review the duties. Have them let you know if they are responsible for tasks that aren’t accounted for in your description, or if they aren’t responsible for certain functions listed in the document. This should lead to useful conversation, and the job description can be updated on the spot. Bonus: It’s much more pleasant than cleaning out the head, and gets your employees more involved in the coaching process.

Don’t forget to co-sign the description with your employee, and date it so you don’t confuse it with older versions.

Lastly, if you haven’t bought in to the idea of job descriptions already, here are several additional areas where they can move the needle for your business:

·       Interviewing/hiring

·       Onboarding

·       Goal setting

·       Career path development

·       Employee training/development plans

·       Cross-training

·       Performance improvement

·       Employee satisfaction and retention

 

As always, if you still have questions, concerns or get stuck with anything boat dealer-related, contact us at the MRAA, and we’ll do our best to get you the help you need.

Tags:  job descriptions  jobs  MRAA  training tuesday  workforce 

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A Work in Progress

Posted By Liz Walz, Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2017

My 11-year-old son, Nathan, is at the age where he no longer places an unwavering faith in the words and actions of his parents. Rather, it seems he’s constantly questioning what we do and say, looking for confirmation – and undoubtedly finding it – that we’re the flawed human beings he has recently begun suspecting us to be.

Of course, I’ve known about my flawed nature all along. And I’ve worked hard to acknowledge it – both at home and at work. I regularly admit to myself, my family and my team that I’m a “work in progress.”

It’s a way to talk back to my inner voice and send a message to those around me at home and at work. If we don’t accept that it’s okay to be flawed, to be human, to try and to fail, then what are the chances that we’re going to take the risk – when we inevitably fall short of perfection – of trying again, of learning from our mistakes and attempting to do it better the next time?

That drive to continuously grow and improve is at the heart of our work at the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas. The one thing that our members have in common is a desire to keep getting better and to ultimately become the best – however you define it. So every benefit, educational program and resource we provide and every partnership we enter into is designed to contribute to that journey.

But if we truly believe in the idea of continuous improvement, then we must actively pursue it ourselves. We can’t call ourselves a “work in progress” if we’re standing still.

That’s the idea behind the launch of the MRAA’s new blog, to be published each week on “Training Tuesday.” By committing to this blog, the MRAA team is promising you that not only will we be working each day and each week to get better at serving you, but we’ll also share what we’re learning along the way. We hope you’ll share what you’re learning on your journey with us too.

After all, the way we see it, we’re in this together. The boating business can’t grow and improve unless marine retailers like you grow and improve. You’re at the heart of this industry, working day in and day out on the front lines, bringing boating to life for families in your local community. We’re here to serve you and your desire to be the best. And like you, we are traveling the sometimes meandering and bumpy path known as progress.

Our end goal is the same. To provide an incredible boating lifestyle that attracts people to the water and to your businesses time and time again.

Make sure you follow along by clicking the subscribe button at the top of this page so you receive notices when we've got more to share with you. Until then...

Tags:  desire  improvement  journey  lifestyle  progress  pursue  training  training tuesday 

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