If you're looking for ways to keep your outside sales staff happy, then you should consider offering them some attractive perks. While there are lots of things you could offer, the following list is particularly good for outside sales staff who work selling lumber. So, here are a few things to consider.
A Company Truck
Lumber sales will require your sales staff to drive to lots of different work sites and lots. They will be driving to large construction sites, as well as commercial lumber yards that might be reselling your product. Therefore, they will need a truck. If they currently have a really small sedan, they might run into trouble driving around unpaved lots. This is especially true if you're dealing with a rural area where there are lots of dirt roads and construction going on in areas that have been freshly cleared of timber. So, a company truck might be very valuable.
GPS If A Car Is Too Much
If you can't afford to lease new trucks, then another cool idea is to get GPS for your employees. This is helpful for reps who are traveling to a new place every week. It's especially helpful when they need to visit locations that might not even have proper addresses yet (new construction builds on empty lots) and so they can't stop at a local gas station and ask for directions.
A Cell Phone Repair Plan
Part of the challenge when selling lumbar is that your sales reps are going to be around rough environments. They might be moving around a huge construction site where large machines are at work, or they might be at one of the inside a building that is being gutted for renovation so that they can speak with the foreman. In any event, they are going to constantly be in very active and dynamic situations.
Of course, as a salesperson they are also going to be on their phone constantly. Other customers are going to be dealing with them, they will be speaking with the home office, and tons of other issues are going to go on that necessitate them checking their mail or speaking directly with clients. As such, they're going to have their phone constantly in and out of their pocket in a not so safe environment. This means that their phone is likely to get damaged, so it is in your best interest to make sure that they can get it fixed as soon as possible.
So, a perk would be to provide them with a cell phone repair plan with a professional service, such as Quick Fix Smartphone & Tablet Repair, so that business is not slowed down too much should their phone break while out in the field.