To the Editor:
"Low worker retention is hammering car dealers" (Oct. 3) struck a chord with me.
I am a 48-year-old, female salesperson at a dealership in New Jersey.
I have to agree with Susan Scarola, former DCH Auto Group vice chairman, that there is "an outdated public perception of the industry" that contributes to the lack of women's interest in the automotive field.
However, I would say the biggest reason is the schedule. It seems an employee has to trade a personal life for a job at a dealership, and that's not conducive to a woman having both a family and a career on the sales floor.
Unless dealers get their minds into the 21st century, are aware of the needs of their employees and adopt a schedule with flex hours that provide a person with one or two nights a week at home with the family, they will never be able to attract and keep women in dealerships.
Women make the majority of the car-buying decisions. It would be wise for dealers to find ways to attract women to their dealerships and especially the sales floor. The way to do that is not to make women exchange their lives for a career.
BETHANNE SEBOLD Washington, N.J.