Warehouses are great places to work; they offer flexibility, career progression opportunities and job stability. However, roles in this sector can be a little overwhelming if you’re new to the warehouse environment. So we’ve put together some top tips that will come in handy if you’re starting a new warehouse role.
Clothing and PPE
Your clothing will make a significant difference while you’re working. First and foremost, it’s important to consider the temperature of your working environment. Opting for shorts and lighter materials will be much more comfortable if it’s warm, whereas if you’re in a cold warehouse you’ll want to choose insulated, heavier clothing. You’ll also need to consider if the clothes you wear will allow you to move easily and if your footwear will be suitable for a whole shift of being up and moving around on your feet.
It’s also vital to ensure you’re wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your role. For example, you may need head protection, safety shoes or a hi-vis jacket. Always ask your recruitment consultant or line manager if you’re unsure of what you need.
Food and diet
Warehouse roles can be physically demanding – you may be on your feet for long periods and your role might involve heavy lifting. Therefore, eating foods that sustain energy levels throughout the day (or night) is beneficial. Low glycaemic index (GI) complex carbohydrates and proteins are packed with vitamins and fibre, providing an excellent source of slow-release energy that will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Foods such as rolled oats, sweet potatoes, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, butternut squash, and whole-wheat pasta are great examples of low GI complex carbs. In addition, fish, chicken, eggs, tofu, yoghurt, and nuts are excellent protein sources.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Warm work environments and strenuous jobs can increase perspiration, so your body will need more water to stay hydrated. In addition, staying hydrated improves mental and physical performance; dehydration causes fatigue and reduces concentration, which can be hazardous if you’re operating machinery.
Look after your body
Many new warehouse workers push themselves to exceed expectations, which can often lead to burning themselves out quickly. It’s best to maintain a steady flow so your performance remains consistent and you don’t overstrain your body.
If your role involves lifting and carrying, you must follow the proper handling techniques. You will likely be provided with manual handling training and will have to follow a set handling procedure designed to maintain a safe working environment.
Look after your mental wellbeing
No matter what industry or role you work in, everyone experiences stress at work from time to time. When this happens, taking care of your mental wellbeing is essential to ensure you don’t take the stressors of work home with you.
A great way to leave work-related stress in the workplace is to put together a to-do list before you go home in preparation for the next day. Preparing a list allows you to leave work feeling more organised and settled. You know that you’ve done all you can for today, and when you return, you have a clear list to of actions to focus on.
When you get home, do something relaxing such as going for a walk, reading a book, or having a bath. When you’re not working, spend time with your loved ones and do things you enjoy. Maintaining a good work-life balance is vital for your mental wellbeing.
If you’re looking for a new warehouse role or career support, get in touch with us by calling 028 95 219 313 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and a member of our team will be happy to help you.