Some people may believe that employee engagement within the warehouse sector isn’t necessary or is complicated, but the truth is, it can make the difference between having an unprofitable or profitable business.

Research has found that disengaged employees can cost an organisation approximately £2,500 for every £7,500 in annual salary. Simply put, companies with disengaged staff are less profitable than businesses with engaged employees.

In the warehouse sector, employee dissatisfaction can be rife because of unsociable hours and working away from the main hub, but by putting simple employee engagement plans in place you can ensure your staff are happy, focused and engaged.

Here are three things you can do to start your employee engagement plan on the right path.

Regular contact and feedback

Having regular interaction with your staff is one of the most important factors of employee engagement. Employment studies also show that over 40 percent of highly engaged employees receive weekly feedback, showing that those staff that miss out on regular interaction can be significantly less engaged.

Praise

If your employee has done a good job, let them know! Either through formal routes such as appraisals or weekly meetings, or informally in catch ups or during the working day. One of the main reasons for employee disengagement is feeling undervalued, so even just a simple “thank you” or “well done” can go a long way.

Employee engagementHave fun

When you run a business with a large warehouse, it’s likely that not all your staff get an opportunity to interact with each other, which is why it is important to have fun now and again. It can be in the form of quarterly staff nights out, monthly incentives or as simple as a Christmas meal or party. Allowing your staff to socialise in this way will help build an engaged workforce who enjoy their job.

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