As a warehouse manager or owner, the buck stops with you. You’re in charge of what goes on in their warehouse. However, unless you’re down there on the floor every day, how your warehouse runs on a day-to-day basis and what type of numbers you turn in are determined by your employees. You already have your core group of workers that have been with you for years, but this group may not always be able to shoulder the whole load. When holidays like Christmas roll around, you will need seasonal employees to help meet your goals.
3 Tips for Hiring Seasonal Warehouse Workers
Hiring seasonal employees can be intimidating to an owner or manager. How will these employees fit in with my regular employees? Do they know what they’re doing? Am I hiring an honest hard-worker? The mysteries of seasonal workers can throw you off, but there are some steps you can take to help get your warehouse the best seasonal employees that are out there. Let’s learn more about hiring seasonal workers for your warehouse.
1. Look to a Reliable Source
An ad in the local paper won’t cut it when it comes to seasonal workers. You want your seasonal employees to have some experience, and you want them to hit the ground running during rush times. You must find your seasonal employees from a reliable source. Luckily there are trade groups, labor pools, and even other warehouses where you can find seasonal labor. Find a great, reliable source, and you can use that for your seasonal hires year after year.
2. Start Early
You should begin the hiring process for seasonal employees as soon as you realize you need them. The good seasonal employees will be hired first, and by starting the process early, you can be certain your warehouse isn’t filled with inexperienced laborers or shady characters.
3. Get References
A resume is nothing more than words and will not tell you everything you need to know about a potential hire. To get the best seasonal hires, you want references. You may hire one seasonal worker at a time, or you might work with an agency. Regardless of where you find your seasonal help, you want references. Don’t sit on the references either, call them to get an idea what a potential hire can bring to your warehouse.
Hiring seasonal help for your warehouse can be a gamble, but it doesn’t have to be if you play your cards right. Use a reliable source to find help, start early on to get the best help, and always get references. With these three tools, you’re much more likely to hire reliable and experienced seasonal warehouse workers.
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What kind of warehouse equipment do you buy?
We are looking to purchase large quantities of pallet racking and most other warehouse equipment.
Do you serve my location?
CONESCO serves the entire United States from multiple locations.
How quickly can we get started?
It might be quicker than you think! The first step is to give us a call or have us call you. Once we have a good understanding of your unique situation, we typically provide a quote within 5 days and will schedule a time with you to have one of our team members come visit your site.
Will you buy and remove everything from our warehouse?
Our specialty is in used pallet racks (uprights, beams, wiredecks, pallet supports), pallet rack accessories (like guide/ guard rail, netting), conveyor systems, mezzanines, and pick modules. If your warehouse also includes different material like
- shrink wraps or
then we can buy/ remove those as well.
Sometimes material is in bad shape or is a very uncommon size or outdated brand. In some of these cases we do not purchase the materials, however we still can provide you with our teardown services to remove the materials from your warehouse. We encourage everyone to reach out so we can better understand what is in your warehouse and what your intentions are. Once we have a good understanding, we are happy to provide you with our recommendations, even if that means not using us.
Will you clean up after you have finished with the shelving and equipment removal?
Absolutely! Removing used warehouse equipment is a messy job. All debris will be properly disposed of and the floors swept.
We are still operating. Can you work around us?
Yes! There are a few things that will need to happen in order to ensure everyone’s safety and some other items need communicated like an agreed upon timeline. It’s true, an operating warehouse will sometimes slow down a teardown project. But, we understand it’s necessary to avoid disruption of your business during the warehouse shelving and equipment removal process.
How long will the used equipment removal process take?
We get that question all the time! It depends on many factors such as:
- will the warehouse be shut down or,
- will it still be operating?
- How much material is there?
- Are the uprights bolted down to the ground?
Best practice is to give yourself multiple months of time in planning so that way you provide a buffer for your project to finish according to a timeline. Getting a full count of the materials and good pictures is a great way to start the process of evaluating the decommission of your warehouse.
Will you leave holes in the floor or walls after the removal process?
No. Removing floor anchors does create holes but we take responsibility for grinding them down to be flush with the cement or fill them with cement epoxy.