Upon starting each day as a team, lift operators would stretch and sign out assigned machines to operate during the night shift. We would then be designated to one of three towers to fill in with product, which would be handed out in books. We would log out our books or assignments and need to finish the work in the time allotted. Each book has a series of tags to which we would need to build a pallet of product. All product is located and labeled throughout the warehouse. Finishing assignments before the time limit would mean a boost in our incentive rate. Along with base pay, lift operators had an incentive bonus added to our weekly paychecks. Finish assignments faster, you earn more at the week's end.
Working with 20+ other operators a night can be difficult at times because people can lose focus of others working around them while only concerning themselves on their own paychecks. But working with others in such close proximity creates friendship and good working relations. The management watched over us easily. They were able to read how well the workload was being completed from a team and individually effort through the work program used in the warehouse. Any problems found by an operator such as missing product in the warehouse or a spill, any management could be easily contacted, be aware of the situation, and would solve the problem, so work could continue efficiently. I learned how to properly time manage my workload and to double check that i have the correct work. It taught me how to be aware of my surroundings and work well with other no matter the difference of backgrounds or cultures. All things considered, I did enjoy working at this job. I was working to better myself and feel like I was exceeding my goal. The friendships I have found here are going to last far beyond the closing doors of the facility.