How to Increase Productivity in a Warehouse

 - by DianaSmith

Good efficiency in a warehouse promotes productivity and in order to increase efficiency it is important to have a good quality team of workers. Also, it is important that every worker in the warehouse has a prescribed role that everyone has to follow; essentially it is important to form a well-oiled machine with everything in place.

Communication is one of the most important traits in a good warehouse. Clearly communicating orders and telling each worker what they need to do is important, achieving the assigned goals is essential for every worker as it will make the worker feel important and valuable.

Without proper and clear communication, it is unavoidable that workers will decent into chaos and disorganization; productivity and efficiency will suffer greatly, which will eventually lead to lower turnovers and higher waste being produced.

Standardized processes


By making sure that each process has a predefined way of handling and also by teaching the workers to obey those procedures, productivity will be increased. Standardization will save money and time for not just worker education but for the company as well. And most importantly standardization will help reduce errors and mistakes, and it will also teach workers what to do in order to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity.

Designed shift and schedules in a way that will enable maximum efficiency in a warehouse is also important as it will make loading and unloading times shorter and faster. Furthermore, you will not have any idle workers standing around and wasting valuable time.

Teach workers the why and not just the how

By explaining to the workers why they are doing their jobs as they are doing it and not only teaching them the how, then you will have a more trusting environment and workers will have a better idea of how to go about their daily work. Moreover, by measuring, analyzing and improving certain processes, it is possible that workers will be able to perform at an increased rate. But be prepared that there will be frequent educative courses for your workers to attend to improve efficiency.

Teach your leadership         

Not only workers are important in a company, the leadership that deals with them are also important to be well educated and to know how to handle certain demanding situations. Moreover, it is important for them to be quick on their feet and to be able to make quick calls in a split second. They should be able to make quick decisions and to take appropriate and responsible actions without endangering anything or anyone.

Furthermore, your leadership should be able to involve your workers to the fullest and to be able to raise productivity by different means. Management is also important in taking care of

petty worker issues before they get out of hand.

Eliminate variation

In essence it is important to work towards regular standardization without sacrificing productivity. It is vital to make everything work as it was intended and not to have too much variation as it may ruin certain processes and it can lead workers to bad decisions.

Involve workers

Perhaps one of the surefire ways to improve productivity is to ask the workers and the management working in the warehouse what they think is a good idea to implement when trying to increase efficiency. By regularly involving all the workers in the company you are building a very safe and respectful environment in which every worker will be an equal; making the whole company immensely efficient.

Moreover, by involving workers it is possible to teach new and younger generations as they older ones can help out and even become mentors to show the ropes. Also, some workers will be able to advocate the use of second hand forklifts as they can be just as good as the new ones, and also it can be a good investment by the company as they do not cost as much, but get the job done efficiently.

Finding significant measures in processes and replicating them is important to keep everything within the well-oiled machine of your warehouse workers. Once there are little to no variations available, errors will be significantly reduced too, and your workers will be more efficient.