After a tough 18 months, warehouse teams have worked tirelessly to keep the UK moving and fulfil our busy online shopping habits! In what has been a tough time for many key workers, your team might need their spirits lifted but how do you boost morale in a warehouse?
This practical guide will give you some ideas of how to ensure your warehouse runs smoothly, with happy, efficient workers.
Celebrate Your Team Highlight Great Performance and celebrate achievements
A simple solution to boost employee morale in any workplace is to celebrate your team, this could be as a whole team or on an individual basis. This could include individual targets being met, team business targets being met, celebrating work anniversaries, achievements in your employee’s personal lives, plus many more. Celebrations could include simple acknowledgement and taking an interest in your employees lives through conversation, it could involve rewards for excellent performance or incentives such as team nights out, bonuses or a simple thank you gift.
By celebrating and highlighting achievements or exceptional performance, your team will feel valued and boost morale.
Boost morale in your warehouse by encouraging teamwork and communication. Create breakout areas that encourage community and conversation or explore team building days because when your team communicates and works together, you’ll have a more efficient warehouse process.
What does your team need?
One of the simplest ways you can boost morale is to open up channels of communication among your team. Organise regular team meetings to encourage communication, find out if your team feel supported, what does your company do well, what do they feel you don’t do so well on? By offering a safe, open space for conversation, not only will you improve processes and efficiency, you’ll improve the morale and mental health of your team, all of which affect your bottom line in terms of more products leaving the warehouse and reducing staff turnover to reduce recruitment costs.
The most important thing to remember here is don’t be afraid of feedback and don’t create an environment where a suggestion for improvement is met with hostility.
Offer Promotion and Progression
An excellent option for boosting morale is offering internal growth and progression for employees. This will encourage individuals to work hard, to better themselves and will overall boost their sense of achievement which in turn will boost morale.
Take a Break
Ensure employees are taking a break from their work to physically and mentally rest, it’s important that you offer breakout areas away from the warehouse so the team can relax and properly switch off. If employees aren’t encouraged to take a break, it’s also likely to lead to tiredness and increase the likelihood of physical injury.
This also includes reducing overtime which can increase tiredness and increase the likelihood of mistakes or injury. Make sure not to put pressure on your team to take overtime as this can add stress and weaken morale.
Value Physical and Mental Wellbeing
Nothing will destroy morale and motivation like an employee that doesn’t feel valued. One of the easiest steps to ensuring employees feel valued in any physical working environment is to put their safety first, are your health and safety guidelines up to date? This links to encouraging feedback from your team, make sure you find out if your employees feel safe and supported at work, is there anything they think you could improve in this area?
Warehouses are dangerous places so physical injury can’t always be avoided but employees should know correct procedures are in place to support and look after them. Equally, mental health should be considered on a day-to-day basis, as well as when employees return to work after injury or any additional support they may need whilst injured.