Warehouse employees are an integral part of many businesses, but they are often overlooked because they work behind the scenes. Customers and clients rarely see them, and they could be the last people to be considered for ’employee of the month’ awards when they aren’t front and centre. These are some of the reasons why, on occasion, warehouse employees may be less than happy in the businesses they work for.
Of course, if you have warehouse employees working for you, there may be no problems with their happiness levels. You may have worked hard to ensure their every need has been met. But if there are signs that they aren’t particularly happy, perhaps because their productivity has fallen, here are some suggestions to turn things around.
#1: Put safety first in your warehouse
When it comes to working in a warehouse, there are a number of health and safety risks. Floors can be slippery, equipment can be temperamental, and untrained employees can put themselves and others in danger. So, do what you can to ensure your employees have the safest working conditions. Anti-slip mats, improved equipment, and training in such skills as lifting and handling, are just some of the things you might implement when focussing on safety. By taking these steps, your warehouse employees will feel better about coming into work each day.
#2: Create a more efficient warehouse
Your warehouse employees will be less than happy if they have to work overtime on a regular basis. So, do what you can to help improve their efficiency. Again, training is key here, as the better equipped your employees are, the better at their work they will be. Electronic devices, such as those that can help your employees pinpoint specific products in your warehouse, should also be considered. Then there’s the layout of the warehouse. By utilizing the warehouse space better, perhaps with a new pallet rack system that provides more vertical storage, your employees will have less need to walk further than they need to when managing your inventory.
#3: Make sure people know who your warehouse employees are
When thinking of an ’employee of the month’ award, consider your warehouse employees, and pin their (hopefully) happy faces on your office notice boards. Involve them in team meetings too, so they can have their say along with the other members of your staff team. When sending mailouts to customers and clients, give a shoutout to the great work your warehouse employees do. And when planning any kind of work social event, make sure your warehouse employees are invited. By taking these steps, the people in your warehouse will feel recognised, and they will be less likely to feel isolated.
These are just some of the things you can do to make your warehouse employees happy, but if you want other ideas, speak to them and ask for their feedback. This will also improve their mood, as they will be glad that you have taken the time to consult with them. So, give them some thought today, and do what you can to improve their time in your business.