Taking care of a warehouse is no easy task. To stay on course, careful planning, execution, and monitoring are required. Despite our best efforts, there are a few common warehouse management errors that we, as managers, end up making without even realizing it.
It’s important to select the right team. A great warehouse worker can go above and beyond expectations, increase productivity, and support a positive culture. An unreliable worker can slack off, misuse resources, and even drag other people down with them.
The following are the top five tips to improve warehouse hiring:
Begin with the current workforce
Why would you treat your employees any differently if you’re willing to take inventory, keep a secure environment, and take out insurance policies on your corporeal merchandise?
Each of your workers embodies labor-intensive training, wisdom gained from mistakes made in the past, familiarity with your warehouse systems, and the capacity to mentor new hires. Keep in mind that your warehouse’s lively, beating heart is its workforce. Are you losing a team member to retirement or resignation? Before they leave, conduct an exit interview to learn as much as you can. Even better, speak with your current coworkers to find out what you’re doing well and where you can improve right away!
Focus on prospecting seriously
Prospecting requires the same level of urgency as a leaky roof or a broken loading dock door. Waiting until there is a hiring crisis is not a wise course of action!
Several important pointers are as follows:
- Decide how many interviews you need to make in a particular time frame. Keep this objective front and center as the weeks pass.
- Informing applicants that the position for which they applied has been filled should become a habit. Then, inquire as to their interest in staying in contact in case there is a future opening.
- Participate in forums for your industry, such as LinkedIn.
- Don’t Rely on Outdated Techniques
Although they can be expensive and employ dated technology, staffing agencies are an option. Eliminate the mediator, and don’t be reluctant to contact potential candidates directly:
- Find out where your most recent hires looked for employment.
- Use social media to advertise job openings
- To specify the requirements for a candidate, use a staffing platform like 1st Choice Staffing.
- Putting an end to Tech Concerns
Warehouse technology is changing, which can excite and frighten teams. RFID technology and handheld scanners are simplifying picking. On the other hand, the development of warehouse robots may cause some people to worry about their employment.
- Understand Your Brand
Are you using an outdated website, or worse, none at all? Are you active on professional networking sites? Has any employee of your company published columns or articles in trade journals?
People looking for work want to work with “winners.” If your business isn’t advancing at the rate of innovation, you’re looking for new hires to get you there. That could be an intriguing proposition for management. However, it raises a warning sign for other workers that your open role might require more work than it seems to.