Your warehouse is the lifeblood of your business. It’s where you store the precious products that keep your company afloat. If there is a part of your company that you need to optimize, it’s the warehouse. Since employees are the foundation of every part of a business, investing time and effort into different types of warehouse training will help you optimize your warehouse and your business.
Company-Wide Forklift Training
Forklifts are the bread and butter of warehouses. Rather than simply training the team on the warehouse floor, offer company-wide training. If you do so, then any employee will be able to operate a forklift if all your other operators are occupied. Even if an employee isn’t actively working on the forklift, knowing how one works will help employees stay safe while working around them.
Technology and Software Training
More and more, technology enhances the organization and management of warehouses. But training programs for warehouse technology are necessary for the software to truly improve operations. A fun way to incentivize this is to introduce gamification. Employees receive perks and rewards, and you’ll benefit from better-trained employees. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.
Don’t design your training with only written text or lectures. Incorporating as many hands-on opportunities as possible allows employees to practice necessary skills and caters to a wider range of learning styles. While keeping different learning styles in mind, it’s important to incorporate visual aids such as photos and videos into training.
Finally, your warehouse staff needs extensive safety training. The last thing that you want is an upward trend of accidents and injuries in your warehouse. Safety training should focus on several aspects of work life, such as:
- Pedestrian safety
- Proper lifting technique
- Safe loading of vehicles
- Traffic patterns of the warehouse and loading dock
- Safe stacking of shelves
Warehouses are crucial to a business’s survival, and knowing the different types of warehouse training to offer will help your warehouses thrive. And the better your warehouse runs, the better your business runs.