At BGSF, we have years of experience working with manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Understanding that small workflow problems can often have a significant impact on the bottom line, we specialize in helping warehouses staff and manage their employees more effectively. Here are three simple tips that managers can implement to help optimize the skills of their workforce and keep their warehouses running as smoothly as possible.
1. Promote Senior Workers to Receiving
It’s common for warehouse managers to assign less experienced employees to receiving. While there may be some benefit to keeping rookies off the main floor, sending new hires into receiving may cause larger problems down the line. In order to avoid the headache of having to redo orders, it’s a good idea to promote senior workers to receiving, since experienced employees know better how your facility operates. Moreover, it’s important to pay to receive clerks well and stress their value to other personnel throughout the company.
2. Offer Regular Training and Feedback
A lack of communication between management and lower-level employees is one of the most common ways in which a warehouse’s workflow is disrupted. As a manager, it’s imperative that you keep your team informed about what’s going on with the company and encourage them to provide periodic feedback. Additionally, you should make sure that all employees are up-to-date on their training and certifications so that your warehouse can run as effectively as possible moving forward.
3. Keep an Orderly Warehouse
One of the simplest ways to ensure your warehouse runs effectively is to keep the facility as clean as possible. Something as simple as spilled water can be a major safety hazard, so be sure to keep the floors dry and clear equipment and supplies from heavy traffic areas. Not only will having a clean workspace protect the safety of your workers, but it will also help to keep products and supplies where they need to be, and allow your warehouse to run more smoothly.