Attract and Retain New Warehouse Employees: 5 Strategies

When hiring new employees, there are many challenges that you will face throughout the whole process until the worker becomes fully integrated into your work processes. In this article, we would highlight those training challenges. In addition, we would provide you with 5 not-so-easy yet effective strategies to make your warehouse employees happy and up-to-speed, fast.

1. Become an attractive employer and let the candidates know

Recruiters and businesses now have a problem in a strong economy. Hiring and keeping workers in blue-collar professions has become more difficult as they have more opportunities available. New workers may already have multiple interviews or job offers to choose from. This fact will allow them to select the best work environment, rather than settling on the first offer. Make sure your business conveys its value to all potential workers and speaks concretely about workplace benefits.​

2. Have administration to-dos ready before the first day

You should complete any paperwork for payroll, identification, or employment documentation before the first workday. If you are spending several hours on this, it can become a distraction, and you could lose valuable time and money. Furthermore, your motivated workers should start their workday right away. Do not bother them with administrative tasks, which you can cross off your list before their first day. You can clear all questions related to insurance and other benefits before employees start. First impression counts!

3. Make an onboarding schedule

Your onboarding plan has to be a thorough introduction to the workplace and cover everything an employee needs to get started. It should deliver a thorough orientation process that is likely to eliminate confusion and waste later on. Employees will need to be exposed to their work location and gain basic familiarity with essential people, such as their managers. They have to receive safety training and knowledge of administrative procedures like entering their time. To apply manual skills training, documenting step-by-step instructions is a helpful approach. You can use the theory of standard operating procedures to have a documentation tool in place.

4. Pick the right training method

One of the main ways to train workers in fields that require physical work has been to put them on the job site and start working with others as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some methods that we have used in the past may no longer work. There is a need for innovation in blue-collar fields. Especially when it comes to conveying long term value to employees. Finding adequate training methods is more important than ever as companies desire greater efficiency and have less tolerance for losses during lengthy training periods. Think carefully about the needs of your worker and establish an individual training package.

5. Create a feedback culture

Your workers are essential for your business success! Many workers don’t feel important to the company and feel not appreciated.  Studies have proven that for many workers respect in a workplace environment is even more important than the salary. When you recognize mistakes on site – especially when it comes to safety – you should react immediately. Do not save your feedback for a scheduled annual performance review. The same principle applies to giving the positive feedback.

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