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10 Career Advancement tips for Warehouse Employees

As a warehouse operations employee, you’re an important part of your company’s workflow. But perhaps you’re looking to stretch your wings. What are your career goals? 

Once you’ve committed your goals to writing, use these 10 tips to reach them. 

  1. Make a written list of your strengths and weaknesses.

You need to know what you do well and what you don’t. This way, when a position within the company becomes available, you know whether you are truly qualified for that job and capable of succeeding at it. 

  1. Ask yourself: “Can I see myself doing this job in 20 years?”

If you can’t see yourself doing your current job 20 years from now, that’s OK. But to bring what you can see yourself doing into focus, carve out some of your free time on the weekends or evenings to research possible future jobs, then acquire the knowledge, know-how and resources you need to get a job that interests you. 

  1. Work while you are at work.

If you want to get noticed for your work ethic, be sure to put in the work. There is nothing wrong with on-the-job chit-chat — unless it interferes with the job you are being paid to do. Company leaders tend to notice employees who consistently stay on task – and keep them in mind for future opportunities. 

  1. Determine what “average” is and beat it by 10 percent.

If you are a picker and the average picker picks 100 orders a day, then pick 110 orders. This separates you from the pack and shows that you can do more. If you want to get paid more, prove that you are worth more. 

  1. Keep your work area clean.

There’s no excuse for a dirty warehouse. If you are a stocker, the aisles should be spotless. If you are a packer, it’s difficult to be spotless, but be clean and organized. A cluttered packing area screams, “Shipping errors occur here!” 

  1. Do something that is not your responsibility every day.

Some people are quick to think, “That’s not my responsibility.” If you’re a warehouse employee, don’t just walk by a piece of trash on the floor without picking it up because it’s not your job. You will get noticed for taking responsibility for things both big and little. 

  1. Go to lunch with your boss once a month.

This is not “sucking up”; rather, it’s getting an informal performance appraisal. When review and raise time comes around, employees are sometimes shocked by the results. If you keep the lines of communication with your boss open, you could know on a monthly basis how well you are doing – and what areas need improvement. That way, when raise time comes around, you won’t have any surprises. 

  1. Ask your supervisor every quarter for a list of their initiatives.

Keep up to date on what is important to your supervisor. Those are the things you need to work on to help them out. If you know what’s on their plate, you’ll have an idea of areas you can volunteer in. 

  1. Research the job progression within the warehouse.

If you are a picker, what is the next position above that? Get an idea of your career path within your company. Find out what it takes to move to the next position, and begin working on it. 

  1. Finish what you start.

When you’re assigned a task, complete it and make sure the supervisor who assigned it to you knows it’s done. After they scratch it off, ask, “What’s next?” 

Looking for help in advancing your career?

Mega Force works with top employers in conjunction with employment agencies in Fayetteville and throughout North Carolina for your convenience.  Contact our team today or browse our online job search portal. 


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