Are you struggling to find a middle ground in your warehouse? If so, it’s time to find solutions to improve warehouse communication. Proper communication is essential to a successful workplace as it ensures employees efficiently complete tasks; it prevents mistakes and the risk of injury.
Have a Consistent Message
The first solution to improve warehouse communicationis to remain consistent in your message. When you have news to share about the company or an upcoming change, tell all your employees to ensure it doesn’t get misinterpreted.
Moreover, follow through with your message. For instance, if you tell your employees a specific tool is in one location, make sure it remains there. By staying clear and concise in your wording and encouraging employees to do the same, everyone in the warehouse gets the same message.
Use Supportive Technology
By utilizing the right technology, communication across channels becomes more manageable. Whether it’s through radios or cellphones, establish rules around this technology so it’s not misused. For example:
- Have specific channels for each department on radios
- Don’t allow personal cellphone usage
- Know when to use technology compared to in-person communication
By establishing these rules, you ensure the technology used improves the business rather than hinders it. If you’re using cellphones to communicate and have poor reception, you may need to find ways to boost cellular reception, especially if your building is metal or concrete.
Follow Up With Employees
Communicate with your employees regularly; check in with them and ask how they’re doing. To keep excellent communication with your employees and increase communication in the warehouse, consider:
- Regular team meetings
- Set expectations and goals
- An open-door policy
Consider having a five-minute huddle before starting the workday to talk about important things. This could be anything from safety to organization, or something else. By having constant and regular communication, employees have an easier time trusting you and understanding their tasks. Lead by example and keep communication open with your employees.
The Edge Team