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If you are looking to hire warehouse staff, then skilled workers are critical for several key reasons that impact the efficiency, safety and overall success of your warehouse operations. Having a skilled warehouse team, all driven towards the same targets improves efficiency and productivity, inventory management, correct use of machinery and equipment, overall safety and regulatory compliance, whilst maintaining high morale amongst your team.

Here are the Top tips for hiring Warehouse Workers

At Multistaff, we value placing the right people in the right roles and we have some top tips to share with you on sourcing the ideal candidates. Read on to discover how to find the perfect warehouse staff hire.

Clearly Define Skill Requirements

Clearly specifying the skill set of the desirable candidate is essential for several reasons that contribute to the overall continued effectiveness of your warehouse operations. By outlining exactly what you require in a team member, you are more likely to receive applications from job seekers who possess the necessary qualifications and experience to hit the ground running. Key benefits from this approach include:

  • Improved training efficiency
  • Enhanced job performance
  • Understanding of safety protocols
  • Technical proficiency
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Improved productivity

Transparently Communicate Demands of the Role

Being upfront and open about the role you are looking to fill is vital to ensure you only receive applications from people capable of all potential physical or mental demands involved in the work. A warehouse position will often involve work of a physical nature and team members being on their feet all day. This is not for everyone, and being unclear about this will result in time and money wasted on applicants that simply cannot do the job.

Utilise Temporary Workers for Support and Productivity

Work can typically come in peaks and troughs, and during those peak periods, it can be critical to have more hands on deck, but during the troughs, it can be financially detrimental to have more employees than required. By utilising a pool of skilled and experienced temporary workers during your busy periods, you can stay productive, hit deadlines and maintain customer relations without having to balance this out against leaner times. Job shadowing is a great strategy to facilitate on-the-job training and enhance productivity.

Offer Competitive Compensation Packages

It goes without saying, the best candidates don’t come cheaply, and why should they? They know their value which has increased through years of experience and training. It is important to offer the right candidate a competitive compensation package, appropriate to the role, their skillset and their experience. Not only will this demonstrate you are an employer that cares and rewards their team, but it will also get you a loyal workforce of competent and motivated staff, meaning you save money on your staffing budget in the long term.

Harness the Power of Employee Referrals

Using employee referrals to find qualified new staff is a fantastic way to find the right candidates who are not just capable of the work involved, but also gel with your current team. Employees are very unlikely to recommend anyone incapable of doing the work or anyone with a difficult character as it will have a detrimental effect on them, typically resulting in declining morale. A great way to get your team behind the idea of referring appropriate candidates is to implement a referral reward program offering bonuses or even days in lieu. This is another terrific way to reduce staffing costs in the long run.

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  • The key hiring strategies to remember for successful hiring and staff retention are:
  • Define the required skills and experience for the role clearly
  • Be transparent in exactly what the work entails
  • Pay a fair salary based on skills, experience and the role
  • Talk to your trusted team about potential referrals
  • For temporary busy periods, use temporary staff

If you are still unsure of how to hire warehouse staff to improve your productivity, give us a call at Multistaff and let us do the legwork for you. We see ourselves as partners with all our clients and we endeavour to always find the most ideal candidate for your vacancy, in industrial work locations, distribution centres and more.


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