Distribution Managers

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Distribution Managers

Distribution Managers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, storage and transportation managers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They spend a lot of time talking to coworkers and the public.
  • Are greatly responsible for the work done by the employees they supervise.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of their staff.
  • Often deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous people.
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  • Are often placed in conflict situations during negotiations.
  • Communicate with coworkers and the public daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work in indoor environments that do not have heat or air conditioning, such as a warehouse. They may occasionally work outdoors.
  • Often wear safety attire when in a warehouse, such as hard hats.
  • Work somewhat close to other people, such as when sharing office space.
  • May be exposed to loud or distracting sounds or noise levels.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could seriously endanger workers.
  • Must repeat the same activities.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact coworkers and the public. They rarely consult with other managers before making decisions.
  • Rarely meet with other managers before setting tasks and goals for the day.
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  • Are moderately competitive with other storage and transportation companies.
  • Must meet strict deadlines on a daily basis.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Usually work more than 40 hours a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.