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Zeigler Auto Group ranks first in Glassdoor’s economic study on work-life balance

Glassdoor Economic Research Study on Work-Life Balance in the United States During COVID-19 – Released Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Names Zeigler Auto Group the Best New and Used Auto Dealership Group noted from the country.

The study – which collated reviews from current and former full-time US-based employees between March 15, 2020 and September 28, 2021 – also ranked the automotive group among its top 20 rated companies. across different industries, listing the organization at number 14 nationally, with an average score of 4.7 for work-life balance.

“Zeigler is proud to lead the way in work-life balance in our industry. After nearly 50 years, we continue to be a family owned and operated business; and for us, that means taking care of our people through good times and bad. It also means continuing to adapt to a rapidly changing world by listening to the needs of our team so they can be the best they can be,” said Aaron J. Zeigler, president and owner of Zeigler Auto Group, which also owns 98% CEO approval. review on Glassdoor.

The top 20 companies span a number of different industries, including technology, finance, nonprofits, retail, real estate, accounting, education, and government. Zeigler Auto Group was part of the retail industry, representing the best of the best among auto dealership groups that offer new and used vehicles. Average work-life balance ratings for the study were measured on a scale of 5.0 with an average of 4.7 for Zeigler Auto Group.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of the top companies in Glassdoor’s Work-Life Balance Study! It’s a tribute to our culture at Zeigler Auto Group and the way our teams take care of each other. We strongly believe that taking care of our people provides our team with the best environment to deliver an incredible experience for our customers,” said Mike Van Ryn, director of talent development at Zeigler Auto Group.

According to the Glassdoor Economic Research Work-Life Balance study, the proportion of all reviews on dealing with burnout jumped 100% from 0.20% in February 2020, before the pandemic in the United States. United, at 0.40% in September 2021. While the proportion of employees mentioning mental health on Glassdoor increased by 143%, from 0.23% in February 2020 to 0.56% in September 2021.

To arrive at these numbers, the study looked at the percentage of reviews each month, over the specified time period, that mentioned the keywords: “mental health” or “burnout.” Then, designated reviews that mention those keywords in the “Pros” section as having a positive sentiment, and vice versa, designated reviews using those keywords in the “Cons” section as negative. The study only included companies with more than 75 work-life balance assessments between March 15, 2020 and September 28, 2021.

“Glassdoor’s work-life balance ranking recognizes something we’ve known for a long time at Zeigler: when you do what you love, with people who care about your well-being and success, work-life balance will always be effortless. It reminds me of a quote from Simon Sinek “Working hard for something that matters little to us is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. It’s a right, not a privilege, to love our workplace. At Zeigler, we make it a priority to give our employees the tools they need to love their workplace. This philosophy has guided us through the challenges of COVID, economic ebb and flow, and propelled us to massive growth over the years,” said Sam D’Arc, Chief Operating Officer of Zeigler.

In response to the pandemic, Zeigler Auto Group introduced an internal employee stimulus plan last April that offered free health insurance for the months of May and June to all employees who were currently working or returning to work by Friday. May 1, 2020. In addition to the free healthcare initiative, Zeigler also announced that all hourly employees will receive a $10 per hour wage increase for the next eight weeks. Prior to the increase, the average hourly employee of the dealership group was around $15 per hour. Additionally, all of the organization’s flat-rate technicians were guaranteed 40 hours per week for the next eight weeks.

Another key element of the study was the difference between the “average work-life balance score” recorded for each category and the companies’ scores in that category. For example, while the retail category had an average of 3.1, Zeigler came in at an impressive 4.7.

Zeigler Chief of Staff Matt Thomas says the organization’s high score is the result of Zeigler’s continued investment in internal development and engagement programs. “We provide our team members with the tools they need to effectively maintain a healthy work-life balance while improving their overall employee experience. We have leadership, personal development and wellbeing available to all of our staff. All of this helps to create an environment where everyone can perform at their best and ensure that our team is actively involved in shaping a culture they are proud of. to be up to.”

In 2020, Zeigler hosted more than 20 guest speakers, as part of its highly successful Zeigler University Guest Speaker Series, compared to its typical 5-7 guest speakers per year. While most sessions were held virtually, Zeigler hosted a small number of in-person sessions to keep his team motivated and inspired during the toughest times of the year.

Most recently, Zeigler partnered with Athletic Mentors to provide employees with a free wellness program specifically designed for the organization. The company’s all-digital platform includes an on-demand educational library, one-on-one live coaching, wellness programs, monthly challenges with prizes, and more.

Zeigler also has an ongoing scholarship program that awards more than $100,000 annually to company employees and their families. Other leadership and development programs include Zeigler’s Aspiring Leadership and Development course, performance groups, and various department-specific talent development programs.

The company also invests heavily in recognition programs centered on its company values ​​and mission through the acronym PRIDE which stands for Passion, Reputation, Integrity, Drive and Execution. Among the recognition programs is its coveted PRIDE award, with winners receiving nominations from peers rather than management, which helps foster a sense of community that supports others who are praised for their hard work. Customer reviews of the named employee are also taken into consideration.

Along with its high ranking in the Glassdoor Economic Review Work-Life Balance study, Zeigler also holds a 4.8-star rating and a 91% Refer-A-Friend rating, with nearly 200 reviews on the review to date. . The organization is also consistently recognized for its focus on talent, winning three consecutive awards for the best and brightest companies to work for in the nation.

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About Zeigler Auto Group

Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the United States with 78 franchises at 35 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The vehicle makes represented include all domestic manufacturers and the majority of imported manufacturers.

In addition to its extensive automotive portfolio, the organization owns and operates Zeigler Motorsports, an 85,000 square foot motorsports dealership and action park, featuring 19 different motorsports brands, as well as its own on-site restaurant: Trak Houz Bar & Grill. Additionally, Zeigler Motorsports is home to the Elevate Leadership & Team Building Academy, an executive training company.

The Kalamazoo-based dealership group also owns and operates Chicago’s Zeigler Pre-Owned, a Carquest Auto Parts store, three Byrider franchises, three finance companies, several insurance companies and a leasing company.

Founded in 1975, the organization employs more than 2,300 people, ranking among the top 1% of auto dealers nationwide with estimated annual sales of $2.2 billion for 2022. The family-owned business is well known for its commitment to customer service and employee satisfaction. Zeigler is consistently recognized as one of the best and brightest companies to work for in the country, also winning similar accolades in Chicago and Michigan.