Why Distributors Must Offer Work-From-Home and How It Can Benefit Them

You don’t need to be a company in the process of hiring to know that times have changed when it comes to what people expect from their work life balance at a new job. One important component of these new expectations and standards that distributors, quite frankly, must be open to offering is the ability to work from home.

98% of workers want to work remotely, at least some of the time (Buffer), while 65% want to work entirely remotely (FlexJobs). 

With hiring being as difficult as it is already for the distribution industry due to an aging workforce, outdated technology, limited candidates, and other challenges, employers must be willing to offer what they can to meet the standards of an evolving workforce.

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But it doesn’t have to be seen as a sacrifice to offer work-from-home! There are plenty of benefits to the employer, not just the employee. The most obvious is that technology enables employees to work from anywhere, breaking down geographical barriers and expanding the talent pool – a much needed benefit for distributors, as mentioned.

Some benefits to remote work for an employer:

  • Expand the talent hiring pool
  • Increase employee satisfaction and retention
  • Increased productivity for some employees
  • No lost productivity with tracking tools
  • On-the-go accessibility also benefits outside sales

Productivity and Accountability 

After the pandemic, many employees found that they were actually much more productive at home, despite the fact that many employers unused to this system would worry about the opposite happening.

This concern can be assuaged by technology like AI-driven monitoring and collaboration tools can ensure that remote employees remain productive and accountable. Sometimes even the same platforms that allow your employees to log in and work from home have this functionality built in.  

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