Want a smooth-running and successful warehouse operations business? The key to this is motivated and upbeat staff. It’s a well-known fact that when staff are content and motivated, they perform better, work harder and are more open to new ideas and innovations to help progress. When this happens, your operations become more successful. You might think motivation is all about money, but it might surprise you to learn that there’s more to keeping staff happy then what’s in their pay packets. Here are some top ways to keep warehouse staff happy:
Keep them involved in decisions
Nobody likes to feel completely powerless, yet that’s how many employees feel when big decisions are made affecting them that they have no involvement in. If your staff feel valued, listened to and are at the heart of decisions, they will thrive in this environment. Always try to seek opinions of those on the floor before heading to management meetings. Team meetings held regularly with goals and rewards being set can also help to motivate warehouse staff.
Warehouses generally have unsociable and long shift patterns. When staff work the same shifts for long periods of time, it can become dull and uninspiring. By shaking up the shift system you can inject some motivation and freshness into the workplace again. This will result in more opportunities to work with different colleagues, different choice of hours and can suit people’s lifestyles better. Staff turnover might improve as a result of these changes.
Employees will only feel happy and comfortable in an environment if they feel safe. By keeping on top of safety issues and promoting best practice shows you care about your staff and keeps you compliant at the same time. As well as health and safety, think about innovative ways to promote health and well-being outside of the workplace too. Warehouse work is tiring and demanding, so the health and productivity of your staff should be important to you.
Commitment to ongoing training
Not only will you develop a more highly skilled workforce, but staff are motivated by a commitment to their personal development and career training prospects. Increased access to training empowers people to feel more responsibility and pride in their work. Training such as rack safety will benefit both you and your staff members. Keep your Industrial Shelving Ireland in great condition with the range available.
People quickly lose motivation when they never receive any feedback on their performance, encouragement or recognition for a job well done. Productivity falls as people realise there is no point to achieving results. Take some time to explore different methods to regularly rewarding and praising staff when they achieve. Highlight individual’s strengths and remember to thanks. Sometimes a simple thank you is all that’s required, not a monetary reward or prize for example.