How to Break Up the Monotony of Warehouse Work

Let’s be honest: Warehouse jobs involve tasks that are highly repetitive and that can get monotonous very quickly.

So it’s probably no surprise many young people are not seeking out these jobs. Therefore, companies that want to bring in younger workers and retain them should invest in programs that break up the monotony of warehouse work and increase employee engagement.

Below are a few ways you can break up the repetitiveness of warehouse jobs and make your facility a more engaging place to work.

Incentives

Offering incentives to warehouse workers that achieve certain performance goals is a simple but effective way to reduce monotony. Incentive goals should be easy enough any workers to reach, but not so easy that workers hit them every day. Be sure to reward both top performers while not ignoring those who go above and beyond every day.

Transparency

One step that organizations take to break up monotony is to ensure employees know the goals of their company, how achieving those goals is connected to individual warehouse jobs and how each employee benefits when the business reaches its goals.

Most businesses don’t share their financial reports with their staff members, but they ought to, particularly if the company’s success directly translates to more perks for staff members. Noting how the company’s goals affect them can effectively motivate a workforce. Regular follow-up reports can help to keep them engaged.

Modern technology

Modern warehouse technology helps workers to be more efficient, but there’s also something appealing about being able to work with state-of-the-art technology.

Warehouse automation can enhance productivity by delivering bins to employees. Mobile workstations put into strategic areas can reduce time spent walking to these bins. Both kinds of modern equipment assists employees in meeting their objectives, makes them feel supported by their employer and give them more pride, by working with the latest and greatest systems.

Gamification

One workplace trend to emerge in recent years has been gamification – applying video game-like aspects to the various jobs and duties to be able to push sought after practices.

In a warehouse setting, employees or teams of employees could compete based on the results they generate and receive prizes for outcompeting others. For instance, employee could compete based on the number of items picked in a shift or the number of new ideas put into place over the course of the year.

For gamification to be most effective, it should be done with input from the warehouse employees. In fact, the first competition might be determining what the rules should be for future competitions.

At Labor Temps, we help warehouses met their goals through staffing solutions and managed services. Please contact us today to find out how we can help your supply chain operation.