It's important for companies in any industry to continually work to keep their employees happy with their employment situations. That's true for everyone from the newest hires to longest-tenured employees, and even prospective job candidates in the future. Worker-friendly policies and processes help make your business more attractive, and that might be particularly true when it comes to warehousing and logistics.
With that in mind, now is the time to revisit how you operate on a daily basis and whether it's fully appealing to your employees:
1) Make feedback a two-way street
First and foremost, many employees like to feel as though they have a voice in how your company works day in and day out, according to Multichannel Merchant. For that reason, when managers are free to offer critiques and feedback on how workers get the job done, those workers should also be not only allowed but encouraged to offer their own insights into what they think could be done better.
2) Highlight why efficiency helps them
Many changes from management to how long-standing processes have worked for months or even years are often met with grumbles or complaints from workers, Multichannel Merchant added. As such, it is incumbent upon management to institute changes that make processes more efficient, and also explain why they're more efficient, and how that benefits the employees who will enact it.
3) Center workplace safety
Workers always like to feel reassured that they are in a safe environment, and as a consequence it's vital for companies to be rather conspicuous about instituting safety measures and properly training staff, according to Box Smart. When workers are convinced their efforts aren't putting them at risk, they're more likely to work harder for you.
4) Reduce the aches and pains with ergonomics
Along similar lines to being more clear about safety measures, it may also be a good idea to ask workers about the aches and pains they encounter because of their jobs, and see what you can do to alleviate those problems, Box Smart advised. When you can be more open about these efforts, your workers will feel as though their problems are being addressed on an ongoing basis.
5) Give workers the opportunity to advance
Hiring and promoting from within are always a good policy, especially in a warehouse setting where there is often significant opportunity for advancement, according to Material Handling & Logistics. When workers don't feel stuck in their jobs, they are always working toward something.
6) Give them higher pay and better benefits
Finally, it should go without saying that workers want to feel well-compensated for all the effort they provide, and you certainly need to meet their expectations on this front, Material Handling & Logistics said. Offering continual raises to tenured workers alongside top-notch benefits will all redound to a greater organizational effort, and these are the kinds of things that tend to pay for themselves over time.