A chain is only a strong as its weakest link. By the same token, a warehouse is only as efficient as its workers. And whilst we know increasing productivity can make a difference: the constant pressure to operate at maximum efficiency is an issue that is all too familiar. Read on as we look at five effective ways to boost productivity.
- Utilise Technology
Technology can help to boost productivity, but it has to be the right tech in the right places.
Mobile computers such as the Honeywell Dolphin CT60 can offer useful information such as real-time stock data and more. The trouble is, if you're holding a mobile computer, you can't pick stock at the same time. That's why wearable tech is becoming an important part of any efficient warehouse.
Fortunately, it's easy to turn any mobile device into wearable tech with the right kind of wrist mount.
- Mobile Work Stations
This idea seems so simple that you'd think it couldn't possibly work. You'd be wrong. Mobile work stations create a functional solution for rapid uplift in productivity by reducing footfall. You can optimise normally deskbound hardware to almost any area of the warehouse and help make it even easier for your team to fulfil their tasks.
- Performance-Based Pay
Let's be honest; money is a big motivator. Performance-based pay can have a big impact on productivity. When employees are aware that working more efficiently can earn them more money, they have an incentive to put in the extra effort. They're also incentivised to find better ways of working, which brings us to the next point.
- Listen to the Experts
It's easy to have ideas about how to streamline processes from a comfortable office. The real experts are down there on the shop floor, however. If you don't involve your employees in trying to find ways to streamline processes, then you're ignoring the people with the most expertise in the company. One smart idea from one of your staff could boost productivity significantly. Involving your employees in the process of trying to find efficiency improvements also makes them feel more engaged.
- Make It Comfortable
No one is going to be productive if they're exhausted. Make sure that you make your working environment as comfortable as possible. Provide a comfortable working climate, and put on some music. Talk to your employees about what you can do to make things more comfortable for them. They will feel much more valued as a consequence.
Are You Looking for Solutions That Can Help to Boost Productivity?
If you're looking for rugged hardware solutions to boost productivity in your warehouse, we can connect you to a reseller in our network. 51T are manufacturers of hardware that helps warehouse staff work more efficiently with new tech and processes. Our products enable warehouse workers to work unencumbered whilst still being able to access the technology they need to do their jobs quickly and efficiently.