With 2-year-old twins and a 7-month-old baby, Brittany Sweeney has a lot of demands outside of her job as Internet sales manager at Faulkner Subaru of Mechanicsburg in Mechanicsburg, Pa. When she learned of her second pregnancy just a month after being hired last year at Faulkner, she worried about the reaction she would get from her new employer.
But Sweeney has been able to leave for doctor's appointments or other family demands whenever needed. Faulkner provided her with a laptop to carry with her so she can access the dealership systems at home. She even worked from home the last three weeks of her pregnancy before son Weston was born earlier this year.
"They say, "Your family needs you,'" recalls Sweeney, 26, who was promoted a month after returning from maternity leave. "This is the first job I've had with that kind of flexibility."
For Doug Jones, president of Faulkner Subaru of Mechanicsburg, offering flexible schedules is a win-win for both employer and employees. Staffers are more productive and happier, and turnover is low, he said. The dealership reduced the number of scheduled work hours last year for its sales staff.
"It's always been common sense to me to help and work with my employees with their schedules," Jones said. "After all, I don't care so much what hours they work but would rather they be happy and want to come to work. This is one way of many to get the most out of your employees."
Offering flexible schedules to improve work-family balance for employees is a recurring theme at dealerships named to the 2016 Best Dealerships To Work For list. Offering flexibility improves productivity and longevity and reduces turn-over, dealers say. Moreover, allowing employees to attend their children's sporting events or take extra time during the day to help care for an elderly parent is just the right thing to do.