AutohausAZ Honored with the 2011 Sloan Award for Exemplary Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility
When Work Works recognizes AutohausAZ with the Alfred P. Sloan award for Business Excellence for its dedication to finding new ways to provide workplace flexibility in today's challenging economy.
Phoenix, AZ, November 4, 2011 -- AutohausAZ (AutohausAZ.com) again gained national recognition when it was chosen as the recipient of the national 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. As part of When Work Works, an initiative of Families and Work Institute, this prestigious award recognizes organizations that continually strive to find new ways to make work "work" in today's challenging economy and successfully use workplace flexibility to meet both employer and employee goals.
Evaluation for this award is a rigorous two-step process - first comparing the employer's extensive questionnaire to nationally representative data from Families and Work Institute's National Study of Employers, and then corroborating employer responses through employee surveys. Flexibility was defined as including:
AutohausAZ wins 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility
- Flex-Time and Place: when and/or where employees do their job (i.e., flex-time, telecommuting, compressed workweeks).
- Choices in Managing Time: employees have some choice about when they work (scheduling hours, overtime, and breaks) and how their time at work is spent.
- Reduced Time: availability of part-time or part-year schedules.
- Care-Giving Leaves: ability to schedule leaves for birth, adoption or care giving to ill family members.
- Time Off: scheduled absences (i.e., vacations, education/training), sick days, planned sabbaticals and informal time off for unanticipated/unplanned events.
- Flex Careers: provisions enabling employees to enter, exit, re-enter the workforce and increase/decrease workload.
- Culture of Flexibility: supervisors are knowledgeable about flexible practices and promote/communicate them effectively.
In addition to flexibility in working locations and hours, AutohausAZ is flexible and creative in assisting employees in all areas of their lives, including financial assistance, personal growth and development, respect for family and school obligations, and any other area affecting an employee's well-being.
2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award Statue
Firmly believing that a happy, financially secure employee is more productive and dedicated to the Company's customers and overall success, AutohausAZ has remained committed to providing excellent compensation, company-paid insurance, annual raises, liberal paid vacations, 401K profit-sharing and providing the flexibility employees need.
The company has also been creative in developing special motivational incentives like monthly gas cards (to promote carpooling and attendance), paid Friday off awarded monthly (to promote error-free work), regular company-catered luncheons (to educate employees on corporate results), sponsorship of sports teams (to promote friendship among employees outside of work), and more.
"We're honored to once again be presented with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence. Despite our continued growth, we continue to maintain the close, family-style culture at AutohausAZ. We all feel a sense of pride that we're part of the Company's success because, quite frankly, without the dedicated efforts of everyone working at AutohausAZ, we wouldn't be where we are today." says Carolyn Lefebvre, AutohausAZ President/CEO
Employers like AutohausAZ are motivated to provide flexibility for a combination of reasons. The most prevalent, according to National Study of Employers (NSE) study, is employee retention (37%). Helping employees balance/manage work and family life was second (18%), with recruiting employees and improving morale tied at third (9%). Thus, companies use flexibility as a tool to recruit and keep good employees and improve the morale and loyalty of those employees. This, in turn, translates into a more effective and productive working environment.
AutohausAZ began in 1979 as a local European parts wholesaler in Phoenix, AZ (USA) and is now an international retailer with one of the largest parts warehouses on the Internet. The company distributes high-quality original equipment (OEM) parts for European and Asian cars to customers in over 115 countries. For more information on AutohausAZ, please visit the Company's News & Media page.