Online sales grew from 8% to nearly 20% of spending through all channels between 2011 and 2021. With this tremendous growth in ecommerce over the last decade has come the need for more and more warehouse workers to fulfill online orders. In fact, the number of workers employed in the warehouse and storage sector has more than doubled since 2000; leading to high demand and high competition between warehouses for hard-working warehouse workers. When it comes to tips for hiring warehouse workers, warehouse managers must create a strategy to attract the workers they need. The trick is to find ways to be more attractive to applicants than the competition.
5 Tips for Hiring Warehouse Workers
1. Offer competitive hourly pay and benefits packages
The pressure to offer a higher hourly rate and decent benefits is more relevant today than it has been at any time in the last few decades. With so many workers quitting low-pay jobs for companies that are offering better pay and benefits, businesses must step up their game if they expect to compete. According to Indeed.com, the current average salary for a warehouse worker in Hawaii is $17.98 per hour with $4,750 overtime per year plus benefits. Click here for a list of common warehouse worker benefits.
2. Stand out from the competition with a unique employer brand
Establishing a unique employer brand can help companies hire and retain the workers they need from the limited talent pool. Applicants are more likely to choose a business with a strong employer brand because they have established credibility as a good employer. Ideally, the brand will emphasize being a great place to work with things like upward mobility, paid breaks, air conditioning, team bonding activities, etc.
3. Understand employee needs and wants; treat them with respect
Warehouse managers often come from different backgrounds than warehouse workers, which can make it difficult for managers to understand what their employees really need or want to feel satisfied with their job. Workers want to be treated with respect; warehouse managers should learn all employee names and spend time with them each day on the warehouse floor. Provide opportunities for employees to provide feedback about their jobs and what they would like to see changed or offered. For example, warehouse workers can’t expect to work from home but that doesn’t mean they don’t want workplace flexibility like flexible hours. By understanding what your current employees need and want, it will be easier to incorporate those things and attract new talent.
4. Incentive employees to make referrals
Referrals are a great way to find qualified applicants. When you have a happy worker, they are more likely to refer your company to their friends and family as a great place to work. So, job number one is making your business a great place to work. Next, offer a bonus of some kind for any employee who makes a referral that ends in a hiring.
5. Invest in HR
Whether you choose an in-house team or partner with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), HR helps businesses recruit workers. HR will make recommendations for competitive pay and benefits packages, create effective job descriptions, manage interviews, and handle the onboarding process. These are essential factors in hiring workers.
As the competition for warehouse employees grows, businesses must figure out how to set themselves apart from their competitors. The employers who offer what applicants are looking for will get the workers.
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