The Importance of Happiness in the Workplace

One of our most cherished and undeniable rights as per our Declaration of Independance is the Pursuit of Happiness. Yet, it is all too often overlooked in business (When was the last time you were happy with your work?).

Given we spend on average over 65% of our precious productive weekly hours at work (for some, it’s much more), it’s no wonder we rank 13th in the World Happiness Index. By the way, I don’t think the 12 nations ranking before us specifically mention the right to happiness in their Constitution! In addition, no company can possibly hope to provide a great service or product for it customers if its employees are not happy.

So, what makes people happy at work? We believe people will tend to be happy at work when they feel that they matter, are respected and recognized for the value they bring to the company.

Our days at the shop are guided by a set of 15 core values which we know lead to work fulfillment and happiness, from the individual level up to the team:

– I am proud of who I am
– I take ownership
– I am good today, I’ll be better tomorrow
– I don’t blame, I fix instead
– I do the right thing
– I do things right
– I make it count
– I have an open mind

– I admit when I don’t know
– I ask for assistance when I need it
– I ask more, learn more, judge less
– I honor commitments at all costs
– I respectfully speak the truth
– I think (functional!) family
– I keep it fun and smile, smile, and smile some more

At K3M Automotive Gaithersburg, we turn wrenches happily!

The Next 30 Years

In December 2015, Winkler Automotive Service Center changed ownership.

After more than 30 years at the helm, cultivating and growing a highly reputable business, George Winkler understood that the automotive industry had entered the midst of a revolution. During his time, George saw the fuel injection take over the carbureted systems, and the ever increasing reach of digital systems in cars. Today, cars are being redefined on a yearly basis.

The average car today is a complex assortment of computers talking over a network, constantly monitoring and adjusting a myriad of parameters to ensure the proper function of all systems, from engine to transmission to the entertainment center.

Properly diagnosing a car today requires an expert mechanical grasp as well as a deep understanding of the various information technology systems imbedded in each car.

The ability to plug into a car and listen to and understand the streams of data coming from it is critical for the successful repair of your vehicle.

The new owner, Karim Morsli, a long time enthusiast of cars and their information technology systems brings a deep understanding of the intricate mixture of mechanical and digital systems found in today’s vehicles.

About the Owner, Karim Morsli

karimAn engineer by trade who has worked in the oil fields and information technology industry, Karim is passionate about the new direction the automotive industry is taking, and in particular the critical role independent service centers will need to evolve into to ensure all present and future car owners will have the choice of where to have their vehicle serviced besides the dealership.

Karim is an innovator who works on multiple levels within the industry (education and legislative) to ensure his service center and others like his are ready for the challenges ahead. Always one to practice an open door approach, he is always willing to teach and share his knowledge, and is also an avid learner!

It is under his watchful innovative guidance that Winkler automotive Service Center will continue to successfully service the Gaithersburg community, just as it has for the past 34 years, and we hope you will join us on this journey.

The Team

Dave King – Service Manager

Dave-King–Service-ManagerDave is the proud father of 2 wonderful young adult children and has been married for 28 years. He enjoys outdoor activities that include mountain biking, golf, ski, kayaking, concerts and the occasional hike. He is also a believer in giving back to those that have served our country through groups like wounded warrior, salute military golf association and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He has worked in the industry for over 20 years, and is always attentive to the customer’s needs.

Tyler Black - Service Writer

My name is Tyler and I am an automotive technician at Winkler Automotive. I have been here for almost 3 years and enjoy it more everyday. I attended CCBC and studied in their Global Automotive program for 2 years and graduated with an Associates Degree of Applied Science and an automotive training certificate. I continued my studies through ASE and have earned 5 of the 8 certifications needed to become a master technician. I enjoy working on my own cars and participating in drift events. I hope to one day be only working on performance oriented vehicles and eventually own my own automotive shop.

Paul Foster – Master ASE MEchanic

Paul-Foster–Master-ASE-MEchanicI have been working at Winker Automotive for 28 years. I am a master certified ASE mechanic and a certified Maryland state inspector. I am also certified in emission repairs. I love the everyday challenge of repairing todays vehicles. My hobbies include tractor pulling, hunting and fishing.

Donald Rutledge – Master ASE Mechanic

Donald-Rutledge–Master-ASE-MechanicI have lived in the Gaithersburg/ Germantown area for 52 years, and have been working at Winkler Automotive for 24 years, where I am a Certified Master ASE mechanic. Ask me if I still enjoy it and I will tell you “YES!”. In my free time, I enjoy hunting and fishing.

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