When it comes to goods-in, human error is the top issue in 46% of warehouses, pointing to a lack of efficiency and organization on some level. While these errors can be caused by a number of things, the proper working environment can be conducive to combating them. The regular cleaning and maintenance of a warehouse should be an integral part of your company’s safety practices, not only to comply with state and federal regulations but also to provide your employees with a positive working environment that encourages professionalism and efficiency.
Enhance your company’s image
Most warehouses nowadays aren’t simply used to store inventory. Many large companies have transformed their warehouses into a distribution center of sorts where they can interact with customers, suppliers and other business connections. If you or your employees are interacting with these types of people at a warehouse, it’s important that it’s cleaned and properly organized in order to enhance and preserve your company’s image. Engaging in certain cleaning and maintenance techniques is a great way to ensure you’re projecting the right image to potential customers, investors or business partners who want to see that you’ve invested in the care and maintenance of your space. To provide your warehouse with an update, begin by assessing which areas absorb the most dirt, grime and dangerous particles as well as which areas are most seen by the public. While it’s important to repair and restore places that are most seen by any visitors, you also want to invest time and money into ensuring an area such as your warehouse ceiling is cleaned to optimize safety and reduce hazards caused by buildup.
Boost productivity across the board
While it may not seem that a little TLC can really affect your bottom line, investing in the proper cleaning and maintenance of your facility can actually allow your employees to work more efficiently. The organization of your facility allows people to find exactly what they need when they need it, making for an easier workflow for everybody involved. While this increases productivity, it also shows your employees that you are dedicated to ensuring they have a clean, comfortable and safe environment to work in, which can lead to happier, more engaged employees. As they begin to work more efficiently and become happier about doing so, they will subsequently project a better image for anybody who visits your warehouse, which can really only increase the positive impressions you make on visitors.
An investment with big returns
Properly maintaining the cleanliness of a warehouse might not seem like a top priority, but it should be. Not only does it increase the safety and overall atmosphere that your employees are working in, but it also shows both them and any visitors you might have that you care about the cleanliness of your facilities and the image you are projecting to the public. Repairing, restoring and maintaining all areas of your warehouse is a smart investment that will ultimately pay off in productivity and profit.