Job Fair – Ready To Start!

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Warehouse and Operations as a Career is Mobile today visiting a Job Fair, well I guess its more like a Job Expo that Belmar Integrated Logistics is putting on here in the Bishop Arts area in Dallas Texas. I’m Marty and we’re having a great time out here with them!  They have some great music going on and I’m sure were picking up some of the tunes as well.  Everyone’s having a great time, they have a Water Booth set up, it’s really neat, a young lady is talking to the importance of Hydration in warehousing, she had some really good videos on the subject, oh oh I just noticed she’s got some water balloons over there and it looks like a couple of kids are about to get wet!  I may just have to visit the face painting table over there in the corner, OH, there’s a great Safety booth put together, their showing films on Forklift and Electric Rider Pallet Jacks and talking about several other classes they instruct to like Blood borne Pathogens, CPR & AED certifications, Lock out tag out programs & OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour programs.  Over on the other side is the Recruiting table with Job Postings and giveaways, and there’s computers set up accepting applications on the spot!  Over here by our WAOC table is something pretty unique, I haven’t seen many Job Fairs that include a benefits booth where people can ask about insurance offerings and supplemental insurance programs as well as discount programs for theatres, restaurants, theme parks, hotel’s and it looks like even cell phone discounts and rewards. That’s pretty neat, I’ll have to mosey over that way in a bit and check it out, but you can bet I’m staying away from those water balloons! Eww, I see a popcorn machine over there at the water booth, I’ll be over there in a bit too!  The music is a bit load at times so remember we’re not audio experts, just Op’s guys so bear with us today and lets all learn something about applying for a position through a Job Fair!

Since we’re attending a Job Fair I’d assume we’re ready to get that Job and start as soon as possible right?  First, and as week talked about it in Episode 4 titled “The Resume” is our resume.  We’ll need to bring an up to date work history or resume with us!  Building a good detailed and informative resume is preferred but if you just haven’t built one that your happy with be sure to have your work history for the past 5 years with you  and list your duties and responsibilities as well as any kind of equipment you’ve worked with. Not just powered equipment either, I had a guy about a year ago that had used banding machines, he was like a pro at using metal bands used for banding pallets of water meters and it was the last thing he mentioned to me, actually I asked if he had ever seen the banding process, I had a friend looking for someone to band nylon strapping.  He almost missed an opportunity just because he didn’t bring it up!  Anyway, remember we’re going to be selling our talents and experiences to someone that’s really looking for talent in us so let’s share everything we’ve done and can do with them.

Next is an interview, and we talked about The Interview in Episode 5, check it out to refresh your thoughts, its important, may very well be the most important part of our day when at a job fair as decisions or the opportunity for quick decisions are being presented to us on the spot, usually when a company is holding a job fair they have positions ready to be filled right now so we’re fixing to get hired on today!  It’s our responsibility to let that hiring agent know we’re their perfect hire though!

There’s one of the recruiters, let me see if I can grab him real quick!

Visit with John –

 

I’m still staying away from the water balloons over there but the Water Booth is busy here today, it’s 101 here in Dallas and Ice Cold Water is quite the draw over there.  We here at WAOC talk pretty often about staying Hydrated, in our work it’s really important & I’m learning some things I hadn’t heard before, the videos are really good and informative! Oh there’s the Benefits girl!

Visit with Michele –

 

As we’ve visited with several people today I’ve picked up on a theme we discuss here at WAOC quite a bit and I believe that’s Communicating or Communication!  I believe Job Fairs can be great venues for getting placed quickly, and through their advertising we’re assured that the position we’re interested in is available for immediate hire so let’s be sure we prepare ourselves for that Interview, have our work history with us, present ourselves well and let that Recruiter know that he or she is talking to their next Star Employee!

We really enjoyed visiting with the crew from Belmar today and appreciate the invite to attend, it was a lot of fun and I know I learned a lot from each of them.  We’d really enjoy coming out and visiting with your company or group and talk about your position and hear about you putting young men and women to work in the Operations, Warehousing and Transportation fields!  Send us an email to host@warehouseandoperationsasacareer.com and we’ll set something up for your event as well & we’d appreciate a Follow and a Like to our Twitter & Facebook feeds where we can be found at @WhseandOps!  We try and retweet as many job postings as we can and our Facebook feed welcomes all discussions!  As always we’ll end the episode with a Safety thought, Stay hydrated, stay Safe & bring up a Safety topic at your next Safety Meeting!  Safety is the most important task we have!

Order Selector & Forklift Driver – Responsibilities & Experience

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Welcome to another Episode of Warehouse and Operations as a Career!  I’m Marty and today let’s answer a couple of questions that came to me this week.  I’ve been working with several Job Boards in the social media world lately and we get asked all too frequently about the positions of Order Selecting and Forklift Driving.  I’m pretty passionate about both of these positions, and yes, they are the short-term goal for many of us.  They typically pay well & can offer us a good solid career, really long-term employment in many instances.  We’ve spoken to both of these positions in previous discussions but there seems to be a lot of interest in them now with job postings and advertisements hitting the classifieds and Recruiters offering interviews for them.  We’re going to kind of off our planned schedule of topics but hey, we got asked to talk about them so let’s dive a bit deeper into the hiring process for them and see if we can’t map out a plan and path to obtain our goal!

In the Distribution world, an Order Selector will probably be operating an Electric Pallet Jack or a Forklift, maybe even a Tugger or some type of Powered Industrial Equipment.  We haven’t spoken a lot about the Tugger, and its referred to by many different names but is really just a piece of equipment you can stand on, usually within a driver compartment that buggies or carts can be connected too and you pull them through the warehouse aisles selecting your orders of product, placing them on the carts or pallets on the carts.  As we’ve mentioned several times, yep I’m going to talk about Powered Industrial Equipment training again, here in the states the regulation is 29CFR1910.178 which put simply means that if we operate any type of powered equipment we must be trained in the safe operation of that equipment.  Please check out OSHA.gov for the complete reading, it’s honestly more interesting than you’d think!  Anyway, and I know I talked about it often, but please don’t get on or operate any equipment, don’t even attempt to move it if you’ve not been trained to do so, just stay away from it, it could be dangerous and its actually the law!  And we’ll be discussing short cuts, or lack of them here in a bit.  In my experiences, especially in the Position of Order Selecting you should have or will need at least 3 to 6 months, sometimes up to a years experience operating a piece of equipment to be hired on with a new company.  I know there is companies offering a certification card and equipment training for “X” number of dollars out there, and I suppose that’s all good and fine BUT that does not bring with it the experience that may be needed for the position.  Remember, almost all employers, at least every employer I know of will train and certify you for free upon hire.  You will need to be on-sited at the dock you’ll be working on, or observed by a trainer and the employer will, or should, be willing to do this for you as its in their best interest as well.  Almost every month I hear about a young man or woman that’s gone and paid for a course, then goes to an employer and is really disenchanted to learn they need experience to perform the job or to be hired on.  So let’s talk about short cuts, how does one get the needed experience?

We talked a bit about what employers or recruiters are looking for in an order selector Episode, let’s see, that was Episode 12 titled Order Selection and we went a little deeper I think with Episode 33 called A Few Thoughts on Order Selecting with James, where we spoke with James a Top Gun and really accomplished selector, check those two shows out, I think you’ll find them really interesting.  Oh, and we did a program with a Warehouse Trainer, let’s see, that was Episode 19 titled Warehouse Training Techniques & Advice from a professional where Anthony does a great job sharing his thoughts on training with us, we talked about Order Selecting and different training techniques there also.  There I go straying off subject again but those are good episodes to check out since we’re talking about order selecting!

OK, we talk about experience, so how does one get the experience. Dictionary.com helps and defines experience as “A particular Instance of personally encountering or undergoing something” It also states, “The observing, encountering, or undergoing of things as they occur in the course of time”.

I feel what our new employer is looking for or what they mean by experience is that we already know How to Operate the equipment and are proficient at it, that we already know the importance of selecting the correct products and quantity counts & that we know the meaning of productivity and can already produce at an expected productivity level.  These things aren’t hard to learn either, but we have to learn them.

We’ve spoken several times that our Warehouse education is like going to school or college, well kind of anyway, and we have been paid while investing the time to attend!  The courses in warehousing aren’t that long, there not measured in semesters or years of completion.  We can easily determine how long each course takes by paying attention to the instructor or trainer, following the directions given to us, being on time for our shifts, every scheduled shift and letting our management team know that we want another position with more responsibility and better pay.  I honestly know individuals, and I mean many individuals that has gone from a lower paying general labor position to Order Selecting in less than a year! That’s not a big investment of our time.  I know it’s hard to accept a position for a couple of dollars less than what we want, but if the company we’re looking at offers that opportunity to us and they have the Order Selecting positions we’re after I feel it should be a done deal, let’s take a g/l position, get our foot in the door, and learn all the jobs between us and that order selecting position.  All the way letting our managers know what we want and where we’re heading! I think that’s the only way, and the short cut to getting the experience and that order selecting position!

I mentioned Responsibility and better pay.  Order selecting pays more because it carries with it more responsibility.  You will work hard, it’s hard work, it’s typically a productivity position.  You’ll have Loaders or Drivers waiting, standing by to load those orders.  And believe me, a front dock can get backed up in a hurry when orders or batches aren’t coming out of the aisles in a timely manner and in the proper order.  In a large Distribution facility, it has to happen like clockwork or every task happening after us is going to be affected. And it’s our sole responsibility to make sure the customer or account receives the right item and the correct quantity.  Selection Systems or computer driven scanners or audio units may be giving us the slot number or location to select from but it is still our duty to verify the correct item is in the slot and we know what we’re pulling.  I’ve yet to hear of a system where our supervisor or manager doesn’t explain during our training to read the screen or label & check the product information on the box.  A Receiver could have tagged the wrong item or a fork driver may have placed it in the wrong location. It’s still our responsibility to see that the customer gets what he or she has ordered!

It’s a tough job, we need to go into it realizing its productivity based.  We’re going to get frustrated sometimes, especially if we’re selecting with 30 other selectors all waiting for a slot or location to be replenished with product.  Time is our enemy in the production environments. As an order selector, our travel time or drive time is not counting in our cases per hour number or our percentage level so we have to think ahead, plan our routes through the warehouse so we drive the absolute least we can.  If we don’t have a pull or a box to grab in an aisle don’t drive down it.  Those kinds of things we’ll learn with experience!

I just mentioned Fork Life Driver, it’s another position we’ll probably be told we’re looking for people with experience.  More often than not I see people moving to the forklift from another piece of equipment.  Maybe in smaller environments we could be trained to operate forklifts early on in our employment but if in the larger production or distribution environments where productivity is stressed it will actually help us to come from other tasks and positions.  Think about it, if we know every item by sight and know how the receiving or inbound department works and the shipping or outbound side of things happen we’ll be much more proficient at our tasks!  The two basic positions involving fork lift jobs are called Putaway, meaning we’re in the Receiving side of things and Replenishment or the Shipping of goods.  If our job is a Putaway Driver we may be responsible for hauling pallets of product off the dock once it has been received and placing it in its Pick Location, where the Selectors will be looking for it OR placing it in a reserve location where it will be stored until it’s needed for selection.  This brings us to the Replenishment Driver task.  Its will be our responsibility to replenish or replace the pick slot once the product has been removed or the pallet has been emptied by the Selectors, retrieving another pallet of product from the reserve system and replenishing the slot or location. Again, we’ll find it’s our responsibility to confirm we’ve retrieved the correct items when pulling them from the reserves and again before or as we place it into the pick location for the Selectors.  Imagine for a moment, the wrong pallet is placed in the pick slot and we have 100 cases on it, 30 selectors stop there and select 1 case for their order and does not catch that it’s the wrong product.  Potentially 100 customers could receive something they cannot use and did not order! That’s not a good thing. Something like that is called a misship or misspull and it can count against us, even cost us money in the productivity world.  Another not so great error is called a Short or Not on Order or Not on Truck.  That’s where we as Forklift drivers or Order Selectors did not pull the item or correct quantity, or it could have fallen off our pallets as we turned a corner or maybe we just placed in in the wrong zone or part of the pallet and it was buried within the load and overlooked by the driver.

And let’s not forget the heaviest responsibility we’ll be carrying with either of these jobs is that of Safety.  We’re operating Powered Equipment to perform our jobs, we’re driving it in close proximity to people and other equipment operators.  As we would have been trained in its operation it is our duty to operate it safely.

As you can tell I think both Order Selecting and the positions of Fork Lift Driver are great and rewarding job’s and both can be strong Careers or excellent stepping stones to other positions.  If you have any specific questions or thoughts please just shoot us an email to host@warehouseandoperationsasacareer.com and we’ll contact you and get them answered, I’ll put you in contact with someone that knows the position like the back of their hand and help you in any way they can.  Don’t let the stress or frustration or the lack of experience hold you back from either position, there both worth the investment or the time to learn.  You can get that needed experience, you just have to get your foot in the door and communicate with your management, let them know what your goal is and what you want to do!

If your enjoying our programs, finding any value in our discussions please remember to check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds, we can be found on both @WhseandOps.  We share job board information quite a bit on Twitter and pose the occasional question with our Facebook page.  A quick Like or Follow would be greatly appreciated!

Until next week, please practice Safety and work and home both, it’s so important to our family members and co-workers as well as ourselves!

Your Safety Practices Shared & Our Safety Practice Winner

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Marty here again with Warehouse and Operations as a Career! You know sometimes we kind of get focused on the definition of a word and we can forget what all it really can entail and I think Safety is one of those words for us.  I asked several people, in my travels last week “What does Safety mean to you”, and I received some really good, impressive actually, answers.  The thing I noticed was the answers were things that directly affected the individual.  Order Selectors mentioned things like, turning in my pre-shift equipment reports, slowing down when approaching the docks or coming out of the aisles, giving the forklift drivers plenty of room, Oh, and honking my horn, I heard a lot of Honking my horn.  Speaking with Forklift Operators I heard “Making eye contact with pedestrians and other equipment operators, placing my forks properly under loads, watching the tail end of my lift turning, slowing down on docks and at cross aisles, and again plenty about honking my horn.  Of course, honking our horns is pretty much drilled into us as equipment operators, every training class I’ve ever seen.  In a couple of production facilities, it was things like, sheathing my blades properly, checking out my hand tools before using them and keeping my work stations clean and Safe.  A clean work station is so important in that kind of environment, I really liked that one.   In Three different facilities hydration was mentioned, I was quite impressed with those teams.  Actually, I was thrilled and impressed with every person I spoke with, Safety was on their minds and they could speak to it without hesitation.  But I noticed every answer, although, every answer was spot on, dealt with the individuals position or task and was very specific to what they did.  I know if I had spent more time with them the list they presented to me would have been much longer and I’m so glad everything mentioned dealt with their personal safety and the safety of others, but back to my point, I think sometimes the broader meanings escape us, like with Safety, so today I’ve asked Joe, our WAOC Safety go to Official to call in today and help us out a bit, pointing out some of the broader, I don’t know maybe some broader definition’s, points or things we don’t think of every day.

Joe, Thanks for calling in today, how have you been Sir?

JOE –  Great, it’s always a pleasure to be here with ya.

One thing I’ve always thought of when I think of Safety are our Warehouse Policies and Procedures.  Every facility has them to one degree or another.  Several are pretty standard for Auditing, wither 3rd party auditing preparing us for company, customer or regulatory audits are things like our GMP’s or General Manufacturing Practices, you know like: No food or drinks in the warehouse, No gum chewing, No Spitting on the floor or in trash receptacle’s, No glass containers brought into the work areas, No painted fingernails or jewelry of any kind etc.  Those are safety practices too correct? And are things we should all have in the forefront of our minds!

JOE –  Marty all rules put in place are there for a reason. Most warehouse and manufacturing facilities have some kind of preshift meeting happening. During these is a time for leaders to also review the troops if you will, This is an opportunity to make sure everyone is wearing their PPE, dress codes are met, any required announcements or info that needs to be passed along, make sure no one has on anything that can get lost in the product etc… in a warehouse environment this will be when the safety talks for equipment and PPE will also be given, cell phones are real no-no with equipment operators especially.

Almost every type of facility dealing with Inbound freight or trucks should be using some type of documentation for inspecting trailers or containers bumping their docks.  Quick true story, many years ago I heard about a guy opening his dock door and rolling up his trailer door and spotting a Cat running out of the trailer and across the dock, I guess it had gotten locked in there during the loading process.  Luckily the animal was easy to catch, they actually called the city animal control to come pick it up,.  Anyway, in some instances we’ll need to record the seal numbers, documenting no one has added anything to the load or taken anything from the trailer, and recording temperatures if we’re dealing with refrigerated freight.  And it’s probably important to check the floors or sides of the trailer for weakness or holes anyway.  These are all safety practices as well!

JOE – Part of those simple check Marty save us from frivolous liabilities. We already work hard we don’t need extra stress and more problems at work. Basic common-sense checks can help more than your safety at times.

We asked for some of your, our listeners actual Safety Practices from your Facilities or some Safety Practices you would like to see at your facilities a couple of weeks or episodes ago and I wanted to go over a few of those thoughts as well!  I was quite impressed with the positions or tasks and the ideas brought up.  That’s really what made me thing of the whole broader definition thing, anyway, let’s see, I’ll read off a few thoughts:

From a payroll associate with a large staffing agency – She states “I do payroll for about 8+ hours at a desk with a high volume of phone calls and documents that I print to view and or submit into reports. I have two screens for my computer and a wireless keyboard. While working your average payroll shift things can get pretty busy and your work load increases tremendously so you have to be cautious with those important documents. I think lids on cups should be strongly suggested so drinks can’t easily be spilled on the electronics or the important papers that are to be submitted to upper management or customers.”

She also mentioned – “Another important point I consider safety in my work environment is the safety in more of a clerical way with data you read or work on. We deal with confidential information all the time and or have to work with personal information such as addresses etc & we have to safely secure and store the documents so others don’t have access to them or see them that aren’t authorized to that info.
Thank you and I hope I my practices help’s someone in a position or work environment like mine.”

A great example of a safety practice and one many of us would not have even considered to link to the word Safety.  I really liked that one.

A great practice from a Production environment was ‘each day an associate brings up a topic and gives the 2 to 3 min start up meeting, rotating through the shift monthly. Everyone votes on the best topic of the week and the winner gets to leave 2 hours early on Friday with the 2 hours paid!  A great Safety incentive and it encourages everyone to participate.

Another incentive type practice is from a distribution warehouse, “when everyone turns in their pre-trip equipment reports, wears their safety vests & shows up with their steel toes and other assigned ppe’s for the entire month each shift is awarded with a Pizza Party for lunch.

 

Some quick ideas, thoughts and comments were:

“We have very strong GMP’s”

“Sanitation and picking up our broken wood”

“We leave our cell phones in our lockers so we don’t use them”

“Never drive our jacks fast on the dock up front or around people”

“Honk our horn’s when turning our pallet jacks or coming out of a row”

“Always look before moving the first inch”

“We cannot ever jump out of a dock door from the warehouse”

“We stretch and do jumping jacks before we start every day”

 

These are some Outstanding Practices and I want to thank everyone for sharing them with us here at WAOC & thank you for the emails, we had a lot of fun & learned a lot from them!

JOE – The thing about safety practices is that they are good……as long as you do them!! Remember all things have reason whether its blatantly apparent or not. Just because at the time you don’t realize or see the need it is there. Being safe is a full-time job and starts with US!!

Well I imagine everyone is wondering about the drawing, I guess now is the perfect time slot to pull the winner.  What you think?  What we’ve done is place everyone’s name into a Tupperware freezer container, we’re a bit low budget around here, and I’m pulling one slip or name out right now.  And the winner is Joselinne, and Joselinne lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Actually, she is the individual that sent in the example we spoke of earlier.  I think it’s great that we have listeners across the board, upstairs and downstairs in the Industry.  Joe Being a Safety Officer I guess you can relate to all kinds of Safety Practices we need to be mindful of in an Office environment.

JOE –

Joselinne pointed out two great ones.  I’ve seen Safety Managers check things like extension cords, checking for overloaded outlets, things like that.  Actually I had one spot a small fish aquarium in the Customer Service area once and made them remove it due to the extension cord being a trip hazard and the glass tank having too much water around the electronics and such!

JOE

Well Congratulations _Joselinne your $50.00 gift card will be on its way to you tomorrow and we here at WAOC really appreciates you listening to our Show and thanks for participating with your Safety Practices!

That was a lot of fun, we’ll have to do that again sometime real soon.

So Joe I guess we should get back on topic here, give us some of those maybe kind of uncommon Safety Practices, things not every Distribution, production or manufacturing worker would think of right off the bat!

JOE-

Common and Alternative Work Safety Practices

The most common, Audits.

Whether for one of the large audit houses that specialize in food safety, or construction or material handling these forms of audits are typically pre-inspections for Annual or Semi-Annual known upcoming audits. These demonstrate how the day to day is actually run and a good snap shot of where your facility is with different safety items/issues at any given time.

 

Another common, Daily Pre-Inspections

Anyone familiar with PIT operations should be familiar with this as this is one of the daily things needed BEFORE you operate any type of PIT. This directly addresses any immediate safety issues with the machine that is about to be driven/operated in close proximity to pedestrians and other PIT vehicles.

 

Receiving Inspections

When food items are brought in for delivery into a temperature controlled environment

Very good points and subjects Joe!

You know we are always saying how Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and how it’s important to follow directions and rules, certainly it is, but today’s discussion helped remind me that my focus, really being aware of my environment and how it can really present dangers or possible situations I’ve never really thought about!

Joe thanks for phoning in today, as always, we enjoyed the visit and the points you gave us to ponder!

JOE –

And I’d like to Thank those that participated today by sharing their examples and thoughts with our group, it’s encouraging and exciting to see so much interest in the Practice of Safety!

And as always, a genuine Thanks to everyone listening in each week, we really appreciate you and enjoying learning from our guest and each other!

Until next Thursday, lets practice the old adage Think Safe Be Safe, and I’d like to add Practice Safe!

Seeking our New Job and A Visit with Nathan

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Hello and thanks for taking a few minutes with us today here at Warehouse and Operations as a Career.  I’m Marty and today I’d like to expand a bit on The Hiring process, well really more on our side of the hiring process or why and how we’re reaching out to the company for a position and explore our expectations.  In a bit we’ll be speaking with a New Hire about his new position, how he arrived at it, how it’s going and get his thoughts regarding opportunities or frustrations that come with that first week on the job!

You know we may just be looking for a job or a paycheck, I hope we’re looking for more, a position, advancement and a Career but hey, we all have bills and we have to work to pay those bills so this isn’t a bad thing really.  I feel if we go into a job with a plan we’ll be much more successful much quicker and I think we’ll be much happier and enjoy our position and look forward to going in every day!  I think we should be planning our advancement and promotion strategy right from the start, really before we even get the job!

We all belong to many more networks than we realize, I mean we have our Friends, and their friends, maybe we have church members or outside sports activities with our children and the team’s parents, even all our social media friends.  A lot of these relationships are local, meaning someone will know something about a company we’re interested in.  Many times, we can find out something about the management team, how things are ran and what others think about them before we ever even apply for a position there. We might even meet someone that works there already.  Remember it’s all about doing our research and planning.

Another important thing, I think it’s better to approach an interview with the mindset of what we can bring to the company, not necessarily what the company can do for us.  We don’t want to go in all arrogant and pushy but I think it’s good for us to be confident and honest with what we can do & make sure we get our work ethics across to them & let the interviewer know we’re committed to the position.

Also remember we carry some of the responsibility for getting and keeping our new job right from the start.  We should be taking our Resume, the phone interview, our face to face interview and our company orientation seriously.  As we’ve discussed if our Recruiter or later in the process our Supervisor or Manager hasn’t answered all of our questions we need to start asking those questions to get our answers!

 

Three weeks ago with Episode 38 Applied & Hired – Communicate & Success we spoke with Rodrigo a little about changing jobs and how important it is to give a new job a chance or opportunity.  We discussed a few of our responsibilities regarding getting the information we need to be successful and communicating any concerns and frustrations with our supervisors and managers & stay on our career path & goals plan. Our Facility Orientation should prepare us and inform us of the processes and procedures that will help make us successful.  I find that occasionally, maybe due to workloads or even skills or possibly just our expectations our management team may not leave us with or convey that welcoming and fulfilling orientation we need or feel we need.  I think it then falls on us to ensure we ask those questions, and know what questions to ask, so we can stay on our course and our path and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, our managers will appreciate us being involved and engaged with our position.

We have Nathan on the phone with us today, Nathan’s just been hired on and accepted a position at a large Distribution Facility.  Hopefully we’ll be visiting with him over the next several weeks and he’ll be sharing his experiences with us here.

Nathan, Welcome to WAOC, we appreciate you visiting with us Sir!

 

  • So  share a bit about your background and work history with us if you could? What lead you to our Industry?
  • How did you come about applying for this position, picking the company & how was the hiring experience?
  • We discuss the importance of a good, informative Employee Orientation process quite a bit here at WAOC, I feel it helps us as a new employee.  Would you agree and what was your recent experience.
  • Do you feel, we as employees have a bit of the responsibility to fit in, or to make sure we understand our positions and are able to learn our new task?
  • What do you do when you get to feeling uncomfortable or frustrated about something, either the job or with a coworker or maybe even a member of your management team?
  • So share your thoughts with us, any struggles so far, are there any real concerns as of yet?

 

Nathan thanks for speaking with us this week, your story & thoughts are really interesting and we look forward to you coming back and updating us in a few weeks on your progress and ideas, What you think Sir?

You know we’ve listened to several of our guests speak about communication over the last month or so, I feel if I had to pick one failure in our industry I’d say it’s open communication.  Yes I’m sure it’s true, many companies & Managers could do a bit better job with it but I see our, lack of or misuse of it as employees is really our biggest wall today.  I feel we have to go over that wall!  We want this job and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions when we don’t understand something. We want to do a great job & settle in, getting started with a long-term career!  In my experience, our Supervisors and Managers will see us as excited and motivated individuals and remember we want to be that employee that stands out, up front and center.  There’s nothing wrong with our Boss thinking we want his job, shoot he can’t move up or take that next position until he or she has a replacement for themselves!  There’s our next goal right there!

Oh yeah & don’t forget about the drawing we mentioned in episode 39 A Few Warehouse Clerk Positions and their Tasks, be sure to send us that email and get entered for that $50 gift card, this Saturday is the deadline for entries! We’re getting some great Safety Practices sent in and we’ll be discussing them in a few weeks!  Thanks for listening in today and as always, we hope you enjoyed the show and found something to take away from it!  And we’ll be checking back with Nathan and see how his Orientation process is coming along too.  Let’s all bring up a Safety Topic at tomorrow’s start up meeting, step up, stand out & communicate with our management team and coworkers!  Safety has to be our first task each day!