There is a consensus that warehouse workforces will look radically different after the pandemic. Some practices developed during the pandemic are likely to carry over, while others might not.
The challenges of dealing with a rapidly-changing world might feel overwhelming at first, but it is helpful to look at these changes as an opportunity to improve upon old operations and learn from the pandemic era. The following are a few helpful tips for managing a post-pandemic workforce.
Many workers will return to the warehouse with a renewed appreciation for self-care and the work-life balance after feeling disengaged during the course of the pandemic. Focusing on the employee experience going forward can help increase retention of the best workers.
Employee happiness has always been important, but the post-pandemic workforce will need extra managerial support to effectively and confidently transition back into the normal flow of business. This includes developing an empathetic culture and avoiding sudden scheduling changes that unfairly impose on a worker’s private life, for example.
While the pandemic has imposed many challenges on the supply chain industry, many warehouses adapted to these challenges through the use of technology. Many of the technological implementations in the warehousing industry necessitated by the pandemic could be put to good use for the foreseeable future. For instance, cloud-based solutions have provided warehouse management with useful tools for managing inventory and scheduling.
Most warehouses have always taken the health and safety of their workers seriously. However, the impact of a global pandemic is likely to change the way management looks at safety issues in the warehouse in the future. A careful review of safety standards and policies is important, especially in the warehousing industry.
A safe and healthy workforce is critical to ensuring there are no production slowdowns or harmful delays. Unlike many other workplaces, there is no option for warehouse employees to work remotely from home. Given that their presence is necessary, new measures may need to be implemented to not only address the pandemic, but to also reduce the spread of other infectious diseases as well.
Several different methods could work in any given warehouse setting. These include investing in touch-free attendance hardware or advanced scheduling software that reduces crowding in the facility. Even altering the layout of the facility is a viable option. A layout that allows employees to maintain physical distance could reduce future outbreaks.
Given the emphasis on scheduling and employee satisfaction that is likely to persist into the future, there might be times when a warehouse’s workforce is stretched thin. Gig workers could help fill the gaps during high-volume seasons or offer specialized flex labor on an as-needed basis so you don’t have to put unnecessary strain on your workforce.
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