The process is simple. Each business is asked to fill out two surveys.
- The owner or representative of the dealership/company must fill out the Employer Benefits and Policies Questionnaire, an online survey detailing company policies, practices, benefits and demographics.
- Employees, meanwhile, are asked to complete the Engagement and Satisfaction Survey, a series of questions, using a scale of 1 to 5, ranging from "agree strongly" to "disagree strongly."
The survey includes seven demographic and two open-ended questions. Employees can fill out this survey online or on paper, if a full company employee email list is unavailable. It should take an employee 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey.
The deadline to register is March 17. A week later, questionnaires will be available, and they must be completed no later than April 7 (for the Employer Benefits and Policies Questionnaire) and April 14 (for the Engagement and Satisfaction Survey).
The deadline for all employee surveys is April 28.
Organizations with 25 or more employees must have a response rate of at least 40% in order for the results to count, meaning not every employee is required to participate. However, the higher the response rate, the more representative the analysis will be.
Organizations with 15 to 24 employees must achieve a response rate of 80% or higher for their results to count.
Best Companies Group (BCG), an independent research firm specializing in identifying and recognizing great places to work, once again will be conducting the survey. Tire Business and BCG names only those businesses that receive recognition. Others not named finalists remain anonymous.
And did I mention it's free to sign up?
Business that take the survey can purchase a copy of the results to find out what they do well and what they could do better. But that is optional.
One employee introduced himself to me at the gala. He told me how much he enjoyed reading Tire Business. And he made it a point to tell me how long he had worked at TGI and how much he enjoyed working there.
Most companies would pay top dollar for that kind of PR.
Joaquin and Tony Gonzalez, brothers who operate TGI, certainly have created a special kind of workplace.
Here are the five companies named finalists last year, listed in alphabetical order:
- Best-One of Indy, based in Indianapolis and part of the multi-statewide Best-One Tire network;
- MFA Oil Co. franchisee, which operates 22 Big O stores across Missouri and Northwest Arkansas;
- Monteith's Best-One Tire & Auto Care , based in Elkhart, Ind.;
- SimpleTire L.L.C. of Trevose, Pa., an online tire dealer; and
- Sun Auto Tire & Service, a Tempe, Ariz.-based dealership that operates more than 350 locations across the U.S.
SimpleTire was named the winner of the 2021 survey, while St. Louis Wholesale Tire, a family-run business that specializes in specialty tires and inner tubes, was named the winner of the inaugural Tire Business Best Places to Work survey competition in 2019.
We will feature our 2023 winner and finalists in the July 31 edition of Tire Business.
One other thought: Isn't it time for your business to get the same recognition?