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3 Tips on How to Enjoy Warehouse Work

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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 growing, 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.

1. Get to know your co-workers

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:

  • Make you feel better
  • Increase your job satisfaction
  • Decrease stress on the job

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.

2. Take advantage of teamwork opportunities

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.

3. Separate yourself from the stress

Because the job often involves meeting quotas — so many orders filled per hour — warehouse work can be stressful.

If this sounds familiar, there are some tried-and-true tactics for reducing stress:

Reduce stress before work begins. A busy morning, difficult commute or missed meal can contribute to a stressful shift. Planning, getting adequate rest and proper nutrition can help you have a more enjoyable day at work.

Know what is expected of you. Confusion can be very stressful and lead to poor time management. Check in with a supervisor to ensure you’re on task and performing up to expectations. 

Avoid work conflict. Working in teams means there will eventually be conflict. If the conflict starts to affect your performance or mental health, use the proper channels to bring it to the attention of a manager.

Prioritize. If you’re staring at a screen full of orders, and you aren’t sure where to start, make a plan. Avoid multitasking, 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.

Warehouse work is what you make it

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.

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