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Mentor, Ohio-based DCR Systems has begun transitioning team members at its accident repair centers to a four-day work week featuring 10-hour shifts Monday through Saturday. The four-day work week has been in place at DCR’s Metro Accident Repair Center in Brook Park, Ohio, since January 2008, and at Classic Accident Repair Center in Mentor, Ohio, since June 23. DCR’s other accident repair centers are scheduled to convert over the next few months.
DCR claims the new model benefits DCR customers, DCR employees and the company itself because:
- Vehicle owners, DCR’s dealer partners and insurance companies benefit from speedier vehicle turnover.
- Employees’ commute costs reportedly decrease by 20 percent, and they gain 52 additional days off per year without reduced pay.
- DCR Systems increases its value proposition by improving its capability by 50 percent in a given week, while also increasing its appeal to potential employees.
“It’s the uniqueness of our patent-pending, process-based model that allows us to do this,” said DCR Systems President and CEO Michael Giarrizzo, Jr. At DCR Systems, no single tech “owns” a vehicle as an assignment. Instead, a team performs an interdependent set of steps to complete repairs.
Some of DCR’s team members were apprehensive about the change to a four-day work week at first, but others were on board from the start, according to the company. Scott Yost, a member of the refinish team at Classic Accident Repair Center, said he was “really excited” about the change because he saves about $80 a month in gasoline costs, knows his schedule in advance for the year and gets five days off in a row every three weeks.
For more information about DCR systems, visit www.dcrsystems.net.