As retirement rates rise, warehouse teams can start to struggle. To keep your employees on the job, you'll want to learn what's driving them out the door — and how to convince them to stick around instead. Here are six things that make warehouse workers feel like retirement can't come soon enough — and what you can do to change that.
1) The job has become stagnant.
According to the Labor Center at UC Berkeley, the warehousing industry can be hesitant to adopt new technology. While this may seem like a good thing for employees nearing retirement age, it actually makes their jobs more difficult.
Solution: Instead of scrambling to adopt every tech solution that comes your way, find a balance. Add technology to the workplace in slow but measured steps, giving employees the opportunity to adapt and see how much faster and easier their tasks become. Chances are, they'll be less interested in retirement once they feel that forward and upward motion.
2) The company is moving too fast.
If your warehouse is growing quickly or you're constantly adding new people to your teams, current employees may feel overwhelmed — or even left behind.
Solution: You don't have to stop growing to keep employees from retiring. Instead, revisit your procedures and infrastructure to better cope with changing responsibilities — that way, no one feels overwhelmed by change.
3) Schedules are too rigid.
One reason employees want to retire is to spend more time with their loved ones. This is a big problem when schedules are rigid and shifts are assigned without any consideration for a worker's personal life.
Solution: Find a balance between rigidity and flexibility. Employees will appreciate your attempts to give them more free time, so find creative ways to let them pursue hobbies, travel, spend time with family or just relax.
4) Pay isn't high enough.
According to Business Insider, warehouse positions historically pay lower than living wages in some areas. If that's true for your company, workers are more likely to burn out because they're working multiple jobs.
Solution: Try to offer competitive, comfortable wages as much as possible. If there's a gap, make up for it by offering other benefits — like generous time off or great healthcare coverage.
5) There aren't enough opportunities.
If employees want to grow personally and professionally but are being stifled by their current positions, they may turn to retirement as a way to grow. That's bad news for your teams — and for your bottom line.
Solution: Give workers the option to move upward in the warehousing industry. If you can't offer a new role, try to interest them in new responsibilities or opportunities, or give them chances to use their skills in fresh, creative ways.
6) The work doesn't feel meaningful.
Sometimes, employees get bored. If that boredom goes on for too long, retirement may start looking like an attractive option — and then you'll be left with an open position.
Solution: Focus on motivating and inspiring employees at every stage of your warehouse's workflow. No matter what their responsibilities are, find a way to make those tasks feel relevant and meaningful.