Warehouse work is hard, but it also has its perks.
You’re not stuck behind a desk all day. You work with a diverse group of people. And because the demand for warehouse workers is steady, you’ll always have opportunities, especially for temporary and seasonal hiring.
At the same time, the work can be repetitive. And while some people like that a warehouse shift can be a serious workout that keeps them on their toes, the jobs can be physically challenging.
Whether you’re in warehouse work for a short-term cash boost or for a longer haul, consider these tips to make the most of the experience.
If you’re spending eight hours or more on a warehouse shift, why not take advantage of the opportunities you have to get to know your co-workers?
Spending time with people you know and like not only makes a shift more enjoyable, it’s also good for you. Studies have shown that making friends at work can:
Try using break time to meet co-workers. In some environments, you can talk while you work. Give a shout-out when someone helps you with your work. We all like feeling appreciated.
The goal isn’t to make a lifelong friend — not to say that couldn’t happen — but to make the shift pass with a good vibe and some good company. Making the effort to know your co-workers can make the time go by faster.
Some warehouse tasks require teamwork. If that’s the case where you are, consider volunteering for a team or asking how you can join one.
Being on a team can break up the repetition of your regular schedule. It can also build camaraderie on the floor. And when there is competition between teams, it can actually be fun. Just avoid the Dunder Mifflin mistake and don’t let the competition get out of hand. (Come to think of it, it’s a good idea to avoid all things Dunder Mifflin.)
Being on a team may also give you the chance to learn different functions, which could lead to better pay and advancement.
Because the job often involves meeting quotas — so many orders filled per hour — warehouse work can be stressful.
Sometimes, things happen that are beyond your control that can cause your numbers to drop. Also, the increased pace and extended shifts that accompany the holiday season can add to your stress.
If this sounds familiar, there are some tried-and-true tactics warehouse workers and managers recommend to reduce stress:
Take a break. Whether it’s a quick breather, or 30 minutes to scroll Instagram, find some time to catch your breath and refocus on you.
Hit pause. We’ve all done it — you get stressed, lash out at a coworker and then you’re disciplined (or worse). When you feel yourself getting frustrated, hit pause and find a constructive way forward.
Prioritize. If you’re staring at a screen full of orders, and you aren’t sure where to start, make a plan. Focus on the task at hand and start chipping away. Sometimes just getting started is the hardest task, but that’s the only way to reach the end.
Get your rest. It’s important to unwind after a shift, but make sure you get enough rest. Lack of sleep makes you more susceptible to getting sick, which can result in missed work.
However you choose to approach your warehouse job, being engaged with your co-workers and your environment can help make your time on the floor more enjoyable. Like anything in life, what you put into it determines what you’ll get out of it. So, give it your best: pride, positivity and maybe a bit of personality.