A warehouse with a healthy workplace environment is more likely to function like a well-oiled machine. If your employees aren’t happy while they’re on the job, efficiency can suffer along with their accuracy. Because warehouse work is arduous, you may need to get creative to raise the bar on workplace positivity there. Start thinking of some ways to improve your warehouse work environment so that your employees will feel more motivated while they’re going through their usual grind.
Build Comradery in the Workplace
It’s hard to have a bad day at work when you have your friends and close coworkers around you. Place importance on building strong bonds between coworkers—and don’t forget to include yourself! While there’s a point where you or your managers must become bosses instead of friends, there’s no harm in keeping interactions friendly around the warehouse. By establishing strong friendships, managers and coworkers may feel more motivated to push underperforming employees to do better rather than allowing them to struggle on their own.
Schedule off-the-clock activities for employees to participate in whenever they want to as well. Some activities you may plan for your workers include:
- Weekly bowling leagues
- Fantasy sport leagues
- Recreational sport teams
- Happy hours
- End-of-month or holiday parties
Keep the Warehouse Safe and Secure
If your team doesn’t feel safe when they’re at work, the overall work environment and employees’ moods will suffer. Make sure that all equipment is functional and that you respond to any safety concerns promptly and without pushback. Every employee should feel heard when they come to you with concerns of any kind rather than ignored.
Once you establish an open-door policy for concerns, turn your gaze upon your warehouse security. Improve your warehouse’s security by upgrading outdated technology to modern standards and holding your security staff members accountable for performing their responsibilities. Any lenience in your security can lead to warehouse disasters if allowed to continue.
Show Your Team the Impact of Their Work
When employees get to see the direct effects of high productivity through statistics and numbers, their morale can heighten. Let them see how much you appreciate them by showing your workers some of the work they do through numerals. In other words, show how much product has entered or left the warehouse, the efficiency of each project, and any other impressive statistics relevant to your workplace.
As another way to improve your warehouse work environment, post the employee of the month, achievements of the week, birthdays, and anniversaries all in one place. Everyone will love having a regularly updated central hub that lays out their achievements for all teams to see.