Warren Henry Auto Group
Warren Henry Infiniti
Miami , FL
Overall Rank for 2012: 88
In any workplace, compensation is important, but so is time off to take a loved one to the doctor, attend a school event or take care of personal business.
That's why Warren Henry Infiniti is experimenting with compressed workweeks, job sharing and telecommuting with some of its employees, says Warren Zinn, president of Warren Henry Auto Group.
"Time off seems to be much more of a priority with our younger potential hires than it was with the previous generation," says Zinn.
"I'm always willing to try new things."
Zinn says some employees, mostly those in the dealership's business development center and members of its clerical staff, have taken advantage of the more flexible work schedules for about a year.
Employees who work the compressed week appreciate having the extra days or hours off. Telecommuters are never more than a few keystrokes away, he says.
Job sharing is good for the business because people get trained in more than one job and develop new skills, says Larry Zinn, the dealership's general manager and Warren Zinn's son.
"When one employee calls in sick, we don't have our hands tied without anybody to cover for them," says Larry Zinn. "It keeps everybody accountable because when other people can do what you do, you push each other along and are able to help each other out."
The Zinns also allow employees to leave work early and cover for each other when the need arises. They say they have found that employees with more flexible schedules are very productive and do not abuse the privilege.
"I talk to friends who work at other dealerships [that] are constantly increasing their salespeople's hours. We try to cut it down a little bit," says Larry Zinn.
"We get a lot of performance from each individual salesperson, and they certainly appreciate a shorter workday."
-- Arlena Sawyers