It’s a job hunter’s market, which means that your company faces stiff competition for available talent. Warehouse workers can be especially tough to hire, because you need people with specific skill sets that are not always easy to find. And talented employees don’t want to wait around for an inefficient hiring process. To maximize your hiring success, then, you’ll need to streamline the process.
To maximize your hiring success, you’ll need to streamline the process.
Evaluate Your Existing HR Setup
Is your HR department using the latest tools and technologies? Are there clear hiring procedures in place, and are they up to date? Do you have an HR team that’s dedicated solely to recruiting, or are too few people trying to balance too many tasks? Find out what HR needs to become more efficient, and then do your best to make it happen.
Write Detailed Job Descriptions
Today’s warehouse workers want to know exactly what to expect from your company. What skills do they need? What does a typical day look like? Do you offer digital inventory management and other helpful tools? Is the company family friendly? Is it diverse? Describe your company culture in a few words.
Offer Unique Perks
Warehouse workers have a lot of options, so you’ll need to do something to set your company apart from the crowd. Consider low-cost fringe benefits such as gym memberships or discounts at local businesses. Flexible scheduling, such as compressed work weeks, is incredibly popular right now. Gas cards or other types of commuting assistance are always welcome.
FOMO, or fear of missing out, can be a huge driver of human behavior. To encourage candidates to apply as quickly as possible, set a strict application deadline. Then review applications no later than the next business day after the deadline. This lets potential applicants know that you’re serious about hiring and encourages them to apply before it’s too late.
Develop a standardized list of interview questions. This will help interviews run more quickly and smoothly, while allowing HR to weed out candidates who are out of their depth. Basic questions for potential warehouse workers might include:
- Do you know how to drive a forklift (or use other machines relevant to your operations)?
- How do you maintain quality control?
- What steps do you take to ensure accurate inventory management?
- Have you previously worked with warehouse management software?
Work with a Staffing Agency
In today’s tight labor market, finding and recruiting top warehouse workers can be challenging. And your HR department may already be stretched thin. Partnering with a dedicated staffing agency frees up your time to focus on what you do best, while we source just the talent you need to fill your open warehouse positions.