In every business, a loading dock is the front line of the operation. This is the first step for incoming materials and products and the last step before delivery for finished outgoing products. Mistakes on the loading dock can be expensive and potentially dangerous for employees.
That’s why it’s essential for you as a business owner or warehouse manager to stress the need for clear, concise communication in the loading docks. First stress the need for communication during training, and then regularly come back to it on the floor so that employees take it seriously, this will make your operation run more smoothly, and inevitably keep your employees safer.
You may be asking yourself, “How do I make sure my employees are communicating clearly?”. Well, one of the best ways you can do this is by providing them with the right tools to communicate clearly. If they don’t have the means for good communication, then they will be unable to.
A great way to guarantee good communication is by investing in push-to-talk two-way radios for all of your employees. This will make sure that all employees are on the same page every moment of their shift, and if there are ever any errors or questions, they can get assistance immediately.
Below are some specific ways push-to-talk two-way radios can benefit your loading dock operation.
They are durable.
When your employees are working on the loading dock, you want to make sure their equipment is durable. Luckily, push-to-talk radios are rugged and can withstand falls from up to five feet. Plus, they are all water-resistant or waterproof, depending on their IP rating.
They offer clear sound.
Loading docks can be loud and busy places, with lots going on around them. Push-to-talk radios eliminate background noise so you can send and receive clear communication without the sounds of trucks running, forklifts moving, and workers shouting making messages unclear.
They are a long-range communication device.
Push-to-talk two-way radios also have a very long range. This means that someone in the office on the other side of your warehouse will be able to seamlessly speak with anyone on the loading docks and deliver a message without having to walk over, saving you footsteps and time.
They offer fast, easy communication.
Also, push-to-talk two-way radios are easy to use. They have one button for easy communication, all you have to do is “push-to-talk” to speak to someone immediately.
They make coordination simple.
Push-to-talk two-way radios make coordination simple. With your employees outfitted with push-to-talk radios, you’ll find they have a much easier job of working together efficiently and preventing any problems before they happen. Plus, if there is an issue, they will have a quicker and easier time of addressing and fixing it.
If your loading dock is using antiquated walkie talkies, or worse, nothing at all, look into Peak PTT two way radio solutions to help your loading dock operate more efficiently.