How to make sure your warehouse is efficient

With demand so high these days for an excellent supply chain, chances are your competitors are doing everything they can to make their warehouse as efficient as possible. Just a few simple changes can make all the difference to your efficiency – So how can you make sure your warehouse is performing at its best?

Start at the very beginning. Your receiving and labelling process needs to be watertight, to ensure when goods arrive they make it eventually to the right destination.

Stop with all the walking! Plan the layout of your warehouse to ensure that walking between destinations is kept to an absolute minimum.

Do you measure up? You should keep a continuous record of your KPIs, costings and productivity to ensure that the performance of your warehouse is always improving.

It’s all about the feedback. Make sure your warehouse is open and transparent, giving employees the opportunity to give feedback on how things can be improved.

For more information about our latest warehouse or industrial vacancies, or to find out how Flexistaff can support your warehouse recruitment needs, contact us on 0844 556 2916 or [email protected].

Tackling stress in the workplace

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, more and more of us are heading back to our normal place of work. From time to time it’s normal for people to experience stress at work in one way or another, but given the unique circumstances this year has brought us it’s important more than ever to reduce the risk of stress at work as much as possible.

A lot of stress at work can result from sleep deprivation. Again many of us are struggling with our sleep during this crisis, and it can be dangerous, especially if you’re working in a warehouse or production environment.

Stress can also result in distraction or a loss in concentration. Whilst we can’t all be expected to be on it all day without a break, distraction behind the wheel of a HGV or forklift can be very dangerous to the driver and surrounding workers.

As such, it’s vital that everyone in the workplace is committed to tackling stress. A culture of openness, where people can express their concerns, is very important. Taking regular breaks, eating healthily and trying to maintain a routine despite shift work can all be helpful tactics when tackling workplace stress.

For more information about our latest vacancies, or to find out how Flexistaff can support your business, contact us on 0844 556 2916 or [email protected].

Let there be light! In the warehouse…

Whilst warehouse operation can be a complex matter, many of the dangers and difficulties associated with warehousing can be tackled with proper lighting. So why should you invest in your warehouse lighting?

Reduce your losses. Proper lighting prevents accidental damage to products, as warehouse operatives have more self awareness, which can make a huge difference to productivity and profitability.

Are people making mistakes? In inadequate lighting, mistakes can be made regularly. Modern lighting leads to a more pleasant working environment, which in turn means employees are fully engaged and more comfortable, and less mistakes are made.

Up goes efficiency! With employees engaged and safe, with less product damage and fewer mistakes being made, your efficiency as a warehouse will without question increase. All just because of lighting!

So what’s stopping you in investing in your warehouse lighting?

For more information about our latest warehouse vacancies, or to find out how Flexistaff can support your business, contact us on 0844 556 2916 or [email protected].

How to handle the group interview

Interviews are tough, and group interviews can often be even more nerve wracking, with your possible competition right there in the room with you! Here’s our top tips for how to handle the group interview stage to come out on top.

Start as you mean to go on and arrive early. Make a good impression and make sure you’re one of the first people to arrive. Prepare questions in advance of the interview, as well as a short introduction of yourself for the benefit of the rest of the group, to prepare for the inevitable ice breaker…

Treat other interviewees with respect. Aim to be inclusive and collaborative as appropriate – talking over people or getting lost in the group won’t earn you any points. Show respect but don’t become too informal with other interviewees – remain professional at all times!

Be aware of yourself. Remind yourself to pay attention to your body language – sit up straight, make eye contact and remain alert at all times. Losing concentration in a group interview can be dangerous – take notes and stay engaged at all times.

For more information about our latest vacancies, or to find out how Flexistaff can support your business, contact us on 0844 556 2916 or [email protected].

How organisations are coping with the driver shortage

According to a recent news reports, a shortage of drivers and other skilled workers is still the biggest challenge faced by the logistics sector. How is this still a problem faced by the industry and how can things change?

It’s clear that it’s a competitive market for skilled workers and political and economic uncertainty due to Brexit and Covid-19 has left workers seeking security elsewhere. This, coupled with increased and changing customer demands for a seamless service has left finding skilled workers and drivers challenging to some organisations.

Organisations are tackling this shortage by investing in new technology, streamlining their processes as much as possible. The government are also stepping in to review current legislation as well as increasing capacity for HGV driving tests and training. Flexistaff are leading the way in alleviating staff shortage woes for our clients, providing an extensive network and providing CPC driver training, making sure drivers are well trained and fully equipped for the task.

For those considering a career change, driving provides a number of benefits, including flexible hours, full training and a competitive salary. Why not give Flexistaff a call to find out more?

For more information about our latest driving vacancies or to find out how Flexistaff can support your business, contact us on 0844 556 2916 or [email protected].