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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 15:35

ASE Survey Finds Service Professionals Adapting to Changes in Business Climate Due to COVID-19

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) conducted a comprehensive survey last month to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the automotive service industry and its workforce.

A key takeaway from the survey is that while 19% of those surveyed have seen an increase in business since the start of the pandemic, 56% reported a decrease.

The survey found that 34% of service facilities have reduced business hours, and the effect on technicians has come in the form of reduction of hours (34%), temporary furloughs (14%) and terminations (8%).

 

According to the survey, shops have been proactive in instituting safety measures for their employees and customers. Results show nearly 70% of those surveyed are using protective equipment, while 63% have implemented social distancing measures and 62% have added supplemental sanitizing measures.

 

Participants were asked if they have been pursuing service training and credentialing since the start of the pandemic. More than 65% said they have done some type of self-study or enhanced training, while 46% participated in a webinar or online training course.


The use of social media by professional service providers also increased over the past several months. More than 42% of respondents said they have increased their usage of social media somewhat or significantly, with Facebook and YouTube named as the top platforms used.

 

“During these challenging times, we wanted to learn from service professionals about how their businesses have been affected, and what ASE can do to best respond to their needs,” said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO. “We were very pleased to learn how well they are adapting to the changing business climate and appreciate the positive feedback about ASE communications, weekly webinars and the extension of certifications until the end of the year.”

 

Source: ASE

 

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