Warehouse workers, also known as warehouse operatives, handle goods that come through a warehouse. This could involve checking and storing goods as they arrive, signing delivery notes, picking orders, packing goods, moving goods around the warehouse by hand or with the aid of lifting gear or fork lift trucks, stock-keeping, checking goods and reporting any faults, loading goods, and ensuring stored goods tally with stock records.
A warehouse team leader makes sure that work schedules are followed and tasks are completed safely and on time. They would also carry out administrative tasks including ensuring paperwork is correct, processing timesheets and completing productivity records. They would report to the warehouse manager.
Warehouse workers usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. Shifts and weekends are common, and part-time, temporary work and overtime are often available.
Most modern warehouses are large, light and airy, but some goods have to be stored under special conditions, which may affect the working environment. Loading and unloading lorries can be cold, wet work. The job is likely to involve lifting, bending, stretching and carrying. In some warehouses you may need to wear protective clothing.
As a warehouse worker, you should:
There are warehouse workers employed all over the UK. Employers include supermarkets and high street shops, mail order companies, distribution companies, manufacturers, government departments, the health service and the armed forces.
Opportunities for promotion are to team leader or supervisor, then to warehouse manager (see Warehouse Manager profile).
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