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Changes to work environments for driving and warehouse jobs

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many adjustments to the way we work. Even now, as much of the population moves back to the workplace, there are required changes to the work environment to make it safer. Here we look at some of the key changes seen in driving jobs and warehouse jobs and how they have affected the work environment for the logistics industries.

Changes in the world of warehousing

In our blog ‘What does the new normal look like for warehouse jobs?’ we looked at some of the things that warehouses were doing to comply with government guidance and help keep their workers safe during the height of the pandemic. As we come out the other side, we can see the changes that have now become part of the norm for the warehouse work environment.

As in all sectors, the warehousing industry has seen an increased focus on hygiene and safety, and many of the new cleaning standards and procedures brought into the warehouse workplace are here to stay. Safety advice during the pandemic also required improved ventilation to circulate fresh clean air. This improved air quality has made the environment much better for those in warehouse jobs.

To help avoid close contact between workers many warehouses brought in one-way systems. This, along with screens and adequate spacing at workstations, as well as staggered shifts and break times are all positive changes that, where practical, may continue to stay in place.

During lockdown people turned to online shopping, a trend that is continuing. This has meant an increased demand for warehouse space and larger, more sophisticated warehouses are being seen. Alongside this, warehousing businesses are increasing the use of automated systems to help cope with demand and to reduce the need for lots of employees working close to each other.

We’ve all been there – just a few clicks on our keyboard, or a couple of taps on our phone and a new pair of shoes can be in the back of a van with a Delivery Driver, on its way to you within hours.

The pandemic saw a huge increase in online shopping for all kinds of consumer goods; electronics, clothing, homewares and, of course, food. Online shopping reached a record high of 34% of retail sales in May 20201. Since the reopening of non-essential shops after lockdown, this figure dropped to 28% by summer 2021, but it still remains well above the pre-pandemic level of 20%.2

This increase in online shopping resulted in a surge in demand for Drivers throughout lockdown and beyond and is the biggest change seen by those in driving jobs. At the beginning of the supply chain HGV Drivers are needed to keep goods moving between manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centres. At the end, Delivery Drivers are needed to bring goods to the end user, both commercially and for home delivery.

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