We’ve said it time and time again, one of the unifying traits of all successful warehouse operations is staff that are happy and motivated.
When staff are happier in their jobs, they are more likely to work harder, be more receptive to new ideas and ultimately, make your warehouse a better and more successful environment to work in.
And it’s not just money that employees are after; take a look at our top 5 tips for keeping your workers happy and motivated.
When the wishes and opinions of your staff are at the heart of what you do, you create an environment where they can thrive. Before making decisions with internal management, consider consulting members of staff to collect their thoughts and ideas.
You may also consider holding quarterly or annual team meetings with the entire workforce, taking on board their opinions of the company and what they would like to see changed or improved. From this, set goals and targets with rewards for meeting them such as a team day out, bonus or gift.
In warehouses, shift patterns can be long and unsociable; employees working the same shifts day in day out can soon become uninspired and unproductive.
Creating a flexible working hours programme can help staff become motivated again, with opportunities to work with new members of staff and a choice of different hours to suit their lifestyle. Offering these kinds of shifts can also reduce staff turnover rates and the need for temporary workers.
If an employee feels unsafe at work, they are naturally less likely to want to stay there. Promoting safe practices in the warehouse shows you care for your staff, whilst also motivating them to enjoy their working environment and keeping you compliant.
In addition to Health and Safety, taking steps to promote your staff’s health and well-being can have a serious impact on their productivity and desire to work, warehouses are very demanding environments after all. Here are a few things you can do to promote good general wellbeing amongst staff:
Offering your staff further training not only benefits their personal and career development, but can also have a positive impact on your business. Giving these workers responsibility over a certain aspect of their job can be a real motivation booster, whilst also improving staff retention rates.
For example, rack safety awareness training which will help workers identify damage to racking systems, as well as take steps to prevent damage in future. This not only empowers workers, but also helps you extend the life of your racking and save money on repairs.
Without receiving any feedback or recognition, staff don’t really know how well they are doing. When achievements or hard work is not rewarded, productivity falls. Here are some schemes you can put in place to let your staff know that their achievements have not gone unnoticed:
What steps do you take to keep your warehouse workers happy and motivated? We’d love to know.
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