Land Rover Rocklin
Rocklin , CA
Overall Rank for 2012: 95
Michael Davis does whatever he can to keep staff at Land Rover Rocklin motivated.
Davis, general manager of Land Rover Rocklin and Jaguar-Land Rover Sacramento, said one of his goals is to remove "de-motivators" from the work environment.
For example, if technicians decide that starting their workdays at 8 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m. would help them with their morning commute times, Davis said management will do its best to appease them.
"Is there any reason we can't do that? Well, let's do it. If the guys are more enthusiastic about doing that, then let's make that change for them," Davis said. "If I find a de-motivator that's easy to remove, I'm all over it."
Letting employees have input can lead to longer careers in the company.
"I think we do a good job of empowering our employees to make common-sense decisions. They appreciate that aspect of it," Davis said. "That definitely tends to lend to why people will stick around for a long amount of time."
Land Rover Rocklin is one of the best dealerships to work for because its employees embrace Niello Auto Group's philosophy, which is grounded in respect for others, Davis said. He believes that philosophy by now is second nature to the dealership group's managers.
"You can shake them at 2 in the morning [and ask], 'What are the core values of the Niello company?' and they can rattle them off for you," he said. "That makes a difference because then they actually have them internalized."
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