Les Lutz doesn't mind if his employees lie down on the job every now and then. And if they cop a few Z's in the process, well, that's OK, too.
In fact, the owner of Extreme Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Jackson, Mich., encouraged such behavior when he purchased a $4,000 thermal massage bed for his dealership.
Though a few customers have used the bed, it's there primarily for the use of employees, Lutz says.
"You lie down on the bed and it has jade ball bearings that roll up and down your back from your neck to your feet, and they're heated," he says.
Extreme is one of a handful of dealerships among the Automotive News 100 Best Dealerships To Work For that provide some form of massage therapy for employees.
It's one of the most unusual perks, and the dealers and employees who take advantage of the massages are enthusiastic.
Lutz, who suffers from lower back pain, found out about the soothing properties of the South Korean bed by trying it out in a store and wanted to share the relaxing relief with his employees.
"I started to think, 'I love it, and everybody's got aches and pains,'" he says. "I'll just buy one of these and put it in the dealership."
The employees at Phil Long Ford of Chapel Hills, in Colorado Springs, Colo., can enjoy the services of an on-site registered massage therapist about twice a month, says Scott Uhalt, who has a doctorate in health promotions and is the director of wellness at Phil Long Dealerships, of which the Ford store is a part.
Phil Long Dealerships ranks No. 87 on the Automotive News list of the top 125 dealership groups in the United States, with retail sales of 9,271 new vehicles in 2012.
The therapist also visits the other dealerships in the group with her portable massage chair in tow. Employees pay $10 for a 15-minute massage and $20 for a half hour, says Uhalt.
Employees can sign up for their massages in advance or get on the schedule the day the therapist arrives, Uhalt says.