The holidays are upon us, and if you haven’t already beefed up your warehouse staff, you’re about to. The extra help may give you more hands on deck, but seasonal employees also come with some risks. These individuals don’t have the experience or ingrained knowledge that your veteran workers have. This makes them more vulnerable to making mistakes, and they need time to get up to speed. With the right strategy, though, you can ensure that you’re making the most of these employees while giving them a greater sense of value.
- Double up on Safety Training. If you hire from an agency, make sure that your employees have already passed basic health and safety training. You need people who have a solid understanding of proper safety procedures. In addition, you will need to train them on your specific safety parameters. Bring in senior employees to add real-life examples and help build a rapport on day one. Make sure your seasonal staff is engaged in the training and that they fully understand the material. Your top priority is to keep everyone and everything safe.
- Train thoroughly and teach by example. You obviously know to train employees to do their jobs, but it’s worth it to spend an extra day being thorough to avoid devastating mistakes later. Again, get your staff involved when possible and appeal to all the learning styles present. It cannot be overemphasized that your fulltime staff must also follow protocol to the letter. Temporary employees will model their behaviors and attitudes. You don’t always know what gets missed in training until new staff members pick up bad habits they learn from others.
- Consider them equal to your permanent staff. You may not be able to offer them the benefits of being a full time employee, but they are still an important part of your team. Treat them as you would any permanent employee; if they don’t feel appreciated, they will not be motivated to do their best work for you.
- Set them up for success. Providing mentors and proper training are only two of many things these people need to do their jobs well. Make sure you’re also giving them the right tools to succeed. Look at their work history and start them in positions where they will most easily catch on and thrive. Prioritizing training doesn’t mean there aren’t tasks that will require less training time. If necessary, provide equipment that will make complex jobs easier so that new employees can pitch in faster. For example, a lot of manufacturers put their temporary employees on tasks using a power tug or a tug and cart system. The equipment is safe and easy to operate. It can complete a lot of the work a forklift is usually used to do, but you don’t need special certification to use it, and the work is done more quickly and safely. In addition, the numerous applications and capabilities of power tugs accelerate productivity significantly. This empowers a new employee to competently make a difference his or her first day on the floor.
Temporary employees are vital to the success of your business during your peak seasons. By arming them with the proper tools and knowledge, they will feel and show that they make a real difference there. For questions about power tugs and whether they will add to your bottom line, contact Load Mover Inc. 952-767-1720; firstname.lastname@example.org.