Why Working in a Warehouse Is Not a Bad Thing
If you’ve been looking for a new job, you may have completely dismissed any potential jobs that involved manual labor, including working in a warehouse. You should not be so quick to dismiss a job like this. There are many benefits to working in a warehouse.
The first benefit, of course, is the fact that working in a warehouse keeps you active. You are not sitting behind a desk day after day, eating and typing and generally reducing your cardiovascular health. It is important to practice safe habits, like lifting with your knees, being licensed and trained on proper forklift procedures, and being mindful of the other people in the warehouse to make sure you have a safe, OSHA-friendly workplace. If you do all of these things, the physical activity associated with a warehouse job can be very good for you, and can save you those pesky gym fees.
Another benefit is the fact that, while warehouse work takes a certain amount of skill, it has enough daily repetition to allow you to take a little bit of a mental break. This is not work you “take home with you.” You do your job, and you leave it behind when you leave for the day or have the weekend off. The job does not usually involve conference calls, complex reporting, and a lot of the other things that are associated with a “desk job.”
However, if it is a “desk job” you crave, a warehouse job can afford certain job opportunities in higher management. Many warehouse workers have made a smooth transition to warehouse management, and then to more complex and better-paying shipping and logistics management jobs. One benefit at starting at a lower pay scale is that there is nowhere to go but up.
The pay itself is not too shabby, even when you’re working at a general warehouse job. The Federal minimum wage is less than eight dollars per hour, where a starting, entry-level position at a warehouse can pay between twelve and thirteen dollars per hour.
Often, warehouse jobs can have flexible schedules, allowing you to pursue other interests. If you want to go back to college, for instance, you could get a day job in a warehouse and go to night school. If the classes offered are all during the day, there are plenty of nighttime and overnight warehouse jobs that will allow you the freedom you need during the day to do the things you need to do.
There are many benefits to working in a warehouse. Don’t skip over that classified ad next time – take a look and see if it is a good fit for you.