Exploring the challenges of working in cold store warehouse environments and ways to stay motivated.
Cold store warehouse roles can be labour intensive, physically demanding and repetitive, which can sometimes contribute to demotivation. A demotivated team can result in high staff turnover, a significant drop in productivity and overall poor customer experience that could impact your bottom line and damage your business’ reputation.
We take a look at five ways you can help to encourage cold store warehouse teams to stay motivated and engaged even in the most challenging of working environments.
1. Always think safety first
The cold store warehouse is not for everyone. With temperatures sometimes as low as -45 degrees, no natural sunlight, and often unsociable working hours, employers have the responsibility to make working conditions as safe and pleasant as possible.
Promoting safe working practices is imperative, and giving your team full Health and Safety training will show that you care for your teams’ health and wellbeing. Training will also ensure you’re compliant with the law.
2. Optimum protection
In below-freezing conditions, its vital that your cold store warehouse team are kitted out in high-performance workwear that’s warm, lightweight, flexible and breathable. Take the time to listen to your warehouse teams’ requests and their feedback on workwear – it needs to feel comfortable and enable them to work efficiently and effectively. All workwear should be both certified to EN standards and comply with PPE Health and Safety regulations.
Familiarise yourself with the various workwear and clothing certifications that are required
when working in sub-zero temperatures – it’s not a one size fits all approach. You can find out more about workwear clothing certification here or download The Complete Coldstore Clothing Guide.
3. Incentivise your team
Rewarding employees with prizes, an employee of the month scheme, cash bonuses and genuine career opportunities can all help to motivate your team. In an April 2018 survey of 2,000 UK employees in the report ‘Living to Work’, a third cited incentives and rewards as a motivating factor beyond salary.
Fun and rewarding team building activities can also lead to better communication, stronger relationships and ultimately increase productivity. And remember, that a simple ‘thank you’ or ‘well done’ can go a long way to keep morale high.
4. Company culture
Consider your company culture and if it empowers your team to take personal responsibility in their roles. According to research by Deloitte, 88% of employees believe a distinct culture is important to a business’ success and a third (34%) of British employees have quit their jobs due to sloppy workplace culture.
A strong, positive culture will encourage employee loyalty, job satisfaction, productivity, and keep your team motivated to succeed in their roles.
One of the most powerful benefits of communication in the workplace is more engaged and motivated employees. Keep your lines of communication open and make sure it’s a two-way thing. By investing time and effort in delivering clear lines of communication you’ll find that it will help to build trust, increase productivity, and result in better motivation all-round.
For more information around compliance and recommendations for workwear and clothing in sub-zero working environments, please get in touch with a member of the Flexitog team on 01692 400300. We’re here to help you solve your workplace challenges. Contact us today >>>