Your Guide to Staffing Up Your Warehouse for the Holiday Season
The end of Labor Day weekend not only marks the end of the summer but the beginning of the holiday hiring season. Here’s what you need to know about recruiting for your warehouse during this time of the year.
What Warehouse Workers Want
Years ago hiring managers wouldn’t even ask this question. But now, this tight labor market forces us to make every job post attractive to the workers we want to hire. So what are warehouse workers looking for in a job? What are their biggest preferences?
In a 2018 Warehouse Employee Opinion Survey by EmployBridge, there are 4 things that employees in this industry are looking for in a new job:
- $12/hr is the minimum wage warehouse workers are earning so they’re not likely to accept less
- They prefer to work the first shift
- They prefer to work 8-hour shifts
- They would much rather have paid time off as opposed to a higher pay with no PTO
So what does this all mean to a warehouse hiring manager like you? If you want to attract the best workers to your company, especially during the holiday season, you may want to keep these things in mind. For example, you may want to consider a higher wage for second and third shift workers.
The Workers You Need This Holiday Season
Now that you’re ready to staff up for the holiday season, it’s important to take stock of your current team and see which of these three types of warehouse workers you’ll need to hire.
General Warehouse Workers
The staff that makes all the magic happen in your warehouse, these are probably the workers you’ll be staffing up on the most. They work at every stage of your shipment’s workflow from labeling boxes to loading them onto trucks for delivery. They even make sure your warehouse space stays clean and orderly. Make sure you have enough of these associates for all shifts so your warehouse can handle the extra orders the holidays bring.
The Staff You’ll Need:
- Pickers and Packers
- Loaders and Unloaders
- Assembly Workers
- Stock Clerks
Skilled Warehouse Workers
Armed with experience and certifications, hiring extra skilled workers for your warehouse operations during the holidays can make a world of difference in efficiency and possibly your profit margins. There will be more qualified people able to operate heavy equipment to get products off of high shelves, deliver those goods across the county, and keep the machinery in your warehouse working properly and efficiently at all times.
The Staff You’ll Need
- Forklift Operators
- Tractor Trailer Drivers
- Maintenance Mechanics
- Material Handlers
- Heavy Equipment Operators
Administrative Support Workers
Can your current administrative team handle the holiday rush? If orders aren’t processed, customer service requests aren’t honored, or vendor contracts aren’t managed, it can cause major delays in production. That’s why you should consider bringing on more workers in this area to help with the holiday rush.
The Staff You’ll Need:
- Administrative Assistants
- Customer Service Reps
- Data Entry Clerks
Get some holiday help this season! Work with us to get the seasonal warehouse staff you need.