In this training we will cover the basic trait and skills required to be successful in a warehouse role.
How To Become An Ideal Warehouse Associate (Best Practices)
- Speed - Every warehouse has to meet a certain production schedule so a worker who has a higher picking and packing rate (usually measure in units per hour or UPH) is always considered to be efficient.
- Following instructions - To meet high demand sometimes the warehouse workflow might change or a worker might be asked to help out in another activity. An ideal warehouse worker should be able to pick up new instructions quickly and accurately.
- Physical Fitness - Warehouse work requires long hours and might involve standing, lifting weights and carrying heavy items. So, a key to be a competent warehouse worker is to have good physical fitness.
- Attention to details - Keeping an eye on the parameters that need to be followed for each of the fulfilment processes increases one’s efficiency as a warehouse associate.
- Communication- Communication is the key to succeed in a warehouse environment. One must be able to comprehend and disseminate instructions to run a team-based workflow in a fulfilment process, thereby making the process easy and smoother.
- Adaptability- Cooperating with fellow workers by maintaining a positive attitude and taking suggestions from supervisors positively instead of thinking of it as criticisms will help one to become better as a worker. Warehouse workflow might changes to meet the change in demand (new type of order etc) so a worker must be willing to learn and adap to new situations and workflows.
- Organizing ability- Warehouses thrive on efficiency and to make a warehouse run smoothly, it must have professionals who are familiar with organizing their work stream. This includes habits of maintaining decluttered aisle lanes and packing areas, thinking ahead and pre-planning.
- Knowing the basic warehouse terms- One must get acquainted with general warehouse lingo. With the continuous rise of automation in the warehouse, various new terms that one might not have come across before, can leave them confused. Cross-docking, palletizing, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Handling, etc are some of them. For a more detailed list of warehouse terminology, refer our training on Warehouse Basics