Four Tactics to Source, Train and Retain Labour in Logistics Facilities
Time spent commuting needs to be efficient. Aside from traditional approaches—such as developing and expanding bike paths and bus shuttles—modern approaches—such as mobile apps to encourage employee car sharing—are a great alternative. Prologis completed a successful car-sharing pilot in the United Kingdom.
Amenities are key to attracting and retaining labour, particularly as qualifications increase. Addressing amenities can take shape in variety ways: providing access to a range of quality food, social and recreational areas (such as BBQ areas, coffee bars, gyms or playing fields) and offering supplemental support, such as child care and facilities for truck drivers (hotels, restaurants and showers).
Long-term initiatives improve the overall image of the logistics sector. Park newsletters and narrow casting screens aim to share the latest news about a logistics park with employees and bolster a sense of community and loyalty. Organized events, such as football tournaments for employees, improve team spirit. Internships for students studying logistics at bachelor and master levels signal a commitment to future generations.
A burgeoning category to retain employees includes improving the work environment, much like office environments have seen over the past decade. The basic component for a pleasant and healthy workplace is comfort. Most investments are focused on the asset itself, including upgrades to lighting (specifically LED), improved ventilation and an increased focus on safety.
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Voices from the Industry
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