You probably already know that the Great Resignation of 2021 is making it tough to attract and retain top workers. Many companies are responding with perks and benefits such as remote work and flexible scheduling. But warehouse workers must be physically present, and warehouses tend to operate on inflexible shifts. Fortunately, there are some creative benefits you can offer to warehouse employees. Here are a few ideas.
Believe it or not, even something as simple as free snacks can boost employee loyalty. Just make sure you’re thoughtful about it—a box of stale doughnuts won’t make the grade. Create a nice spread with a few different salty options and a few sweet choices. Try to choose items with a bit of protein such as granola bars or trail mixes, and be sure to offer at least one vegan choice.
Your warehouse may run on a three-shift, 24-hour schedule. But how much productivity would you really lose if you shut everything down for 20 minutes in the middle of each shift? This gives your workers a chance to bond or simply relax and rejuvenate before the next push.
Off-site activities are a great way to promote team bonding while building employee satisfaction. Escape rooms, painting classes, or even catching a blockbuster movie together are low-cost possibilities. Be sure to offer these creative benefits at different times throughout the year so that everyone can participate now and then, regardless of which shift they work.
Many employers now host sports teams or other optional activities outside of work hours. Depending on your workers’ interests, you could offer anything from softball to video game marathons to roleplaying games. Like the off-site experiences, make sure these gatherings are offered at different times so that people on all shifts have the chance to get involved.
Warehouses need workers to be physically present during specified hours. But that doesn’t mean you can’t offer creative benefits in your quest to attract and retain the best employees. Think outside the box, figure out what your workers would enjoy, and then find a way to make it happen.