Archive for February, 2017

February 05, 2017

Raising Morale in Your Warehouse

The morale of your employees has a lot to do with the productivity of your warehouse. The happier your employees are, the harder and more efficiently they are going to work. A lot of companies have poured a lot of time and money into studies about how to raise employee morale, and a lot of it comes to down this: pay them a fair wage and give them work they feel matters. No one wants to do pointless work and get paid nothing for it. According to the American Psychological Association, “an unhappy workplace can increase depression and heart disease rates” and employees who like their jobs are “twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall.” That means it’s in your business’s best interests, as well as your employees’, to make your workplace a happy one.

Raising wages isn’t the only thing you can do to raise morale in your warehouse. A lot of times, it’s smaller things that do the most good. Our warehouse consultants have worked with companies all across the United States, helping them optimize their warehouse for the most efficiency and productivity. During that time, we’ve seen a lot of different ways to run a warehouse and manage employees. Here are some of the things that we’ve seen in warehouses across the United States that seem to work to raise employee morale.

Are you looking for ways to make your warehouse run more efficiently? Give our warehouse consultants a call and we’ll help you find the right solutions for you and your team.

Recognize hard work when you see it.

People want to know that their efforts are being seen and appreciated. When you see an employee going the extra mile to get a project done or helping out in an area that might not be on their normal list of duties, acknowledge their efforts and thank them for it. This has an added benefit of engaging management more, too, because they’ll need to keep an eye out for these kinds of efforts to praise.

Offer training and advancement opportunities.

Employees want to know that there are opportunities for them in the future to advance their career and better their lives. Training them in new areas and giving them skills that can help advance their career is an investment not just in the employee, but the future of your company as well. More skilled employees are more valuable to your company, and you are more likely to retain them on your team when you make an investment in them. Plus, those new skills could end up paying off in the productivity department later on, too.

Listen to feedback and react to it.

Your team wants to know that management actually cares about their work and their opinions. That doesn’t mean you have to listen and act on every complaint that comes through your office door, but it does mean you should take the time to listen to your team. They may be able to offer you insight into issues you didn’t even know existed and help you find solutions that can help the entire operation run smoother. Even if they bring an idea to the table that’s not feasible, you can thank them for it and let them know they’ve been heard.

Raising employee morale can be a long process but it’s always worth the effort. A happier team is one that’s more engaged, takes less time off, and works harder to help your company succeed. If you are searching for ways to make your warehouse run more efficiently, talk to our team! Our warehouse consultants can help you optimize your space and your process to help you create a warehouse that makes more of a profit. Give us a call or contact us through our website today.

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February 02, 2017

Staying Up-To-Date on Safety Requirements

For the most part, warehouse safety regulations don’t change much on a month-to-month basis. Many of the rules that you follow in your warehouse today are the same rules that warehouses have been subject to for decades. However, you can’t take that for granted. As soon as you decide the rules are never going to change, they will. Not staying up-to-date on safety regulations can leave your warehouse vulnerable to liability lawsuits, workman’s compensation claims, and increased rates of accidents and injuries. That’s why no matter how long you’ve been in the warehouse industry, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on warehouse safety requirements.

Did you know that DAK Equipment offers warehouse inspection services? We can help you ensure that your equipment is safe. Give our warehouse consultants a call to learn more about our inspection services and to schedule an inspection time for your warehouse.

So how do you stay up-to-date on the latest safety information for warehouses? Our warehouse consultants have some suggestions about how you can be proactive about safety information.

Check the OSHA website.

OSHA should be your first stop for safety information since they are the ones who are going to investigate your warehouse if you aren’t doing something correctly and could end up fining you. Check their website often. They have a comprehensive site that’s packed with safety information, along with access to services like consultations, compliance assistance, and ways to report incidences. You’ll also be able to find updates on safety regulations, safety checklists, lists of safety posting requirements, and so much more.

Read warehouse industry blogs.

The DAK Equipment & Engineering blog is a great place to start! We’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date on any new safety rules that come out or change. There are tons of excellent blogs out there detailing the warehouse and materials handling industry. Look for blogs that are written by industry experts and warehouse consultants from trusted companies like DAK Equipment & Engineering. If you do read about a new rule or regulation, it’s always a good idea to fact check the information with OSHA or another oversight organization to verify it.

Create news alerts.

Google allows you to create a “keyword alert” for news articles. When news articles show up online that meet your keyword requirements, Google will email you and let you know. You can set news alerts up for a variety of topics, but try “warehouse safety” as a start. That way, anytime a news article arrives on Google news (an amalgamation of 1,000’s of news sites), it will be delivered right to your inbox. At the very least, you’ll get to read stories about what other warehouses are doing wrong (and getting fined for by OSHA) and prevent the same thing from happening in your own warehouse.

Attend regular safety training meetings.

In addition to staying up-to-date on new information, it’s a good idea to keep old information fresh in your mind. Attend safety training sessions at least once a year and make sure that your warehouse team members do the same. This will help you keep all the rules fresh in your mind so you can be sure your warehouse is following all regulations, no matter how old or new they might be.

If your warehouse needs help ensuring it’s up-to-date with the latest safety regulations, you can schedule an inspection with the warehouse consultants at DAK Equipment & Engineering. We perform inspections in the Chicago area as well as across the United States to help warehouses work safer, faster and turn a bigger profit. Contact us today to schedule your inspection by giving us a call or contacting us through our website.

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