Warehouse teams include employees that work in the warehouse performing inventory receiving and shipping processes, while also managing inventory on hand. A strong warehouse team should work collaboratively and efficiently. A strong warehouse team will also help control your costs.
Since the warehouse is such an active and important part of a business’s operations and success, it’s crucial you build a strong warehouse team. Follow these tips to be successful in your efforts.
Hire & Retain Good Employees
Be sure to create a job description that is honest in job requirements and consider the culture during the interview process. Once you find a qualified employee to hire, be sure to devote quality time to train them with all the information they need to know to be successful. It’s important that new and seasoned employees have proper orientation, are able to communicate openly with supervisors or HR, and they have adequate training for all their responsibilities.
Create Team Projects
To foster collaboration, intentionally create team projects. Jobs like loading, unloading, moving and organizing inventory are common jobs in the warehouse. These jobs can be enhanced when systems are designed to get the team to work together. When employees learn to rely on one another, it can help each worker be more committed to the job. Another way to bring the team together is to have informal group lunches, especially for reaching a success milestone, or when there is a new hire to welcome.
Just like every job, it’s necessary you assess your workers’ performance on a regular basis. When performance standards start to slide, it can be very difficult to pick it back up. Communicate performance standards to your warehouse team and they will know how they are expected to perform to help the company achieve overall success.
While it’s crucial to share performance standards, it’s also important to acknowledge the successes of your warehouse team. This could be in the form of bonuses for teams that achieve efficiency in receiving and shipping processes or avoid errors in shipments. Rewarding the entire warehouse team for achieving goals or meeting standards will encourage workers to hold each other accountable and foster teamwork.
Find Star Workers for Your Warehouse
If you need help finding committed and qualified workers for your warehouse, contact MS-IL Staffing & Packaging.