Work Environment – Warehouse Office vs. Separate Office

Applying for an office job within the Transportation and Logistics industry can mean a variety of things. You could be doing data entry, customer service, dispatching, coding, accounting, or all of the above depending on the job you’ve applied for and the company you work for. In addition to the different hats you may wear there can also be a difference in work location when working in this industry: the warehouse office or the separate office.

Many candidates that apply to an office position within the Transport and Logistics field may not know that your job could require you to work in 1 of 2 types of offices: the warehouse office or a separate office space.

Warehouse Office

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The warehouse office is located within the warehouse. This type of work environment is integrated onto the warehouse floor and allows the office staff to work in close proximity to the warehouse workers.

This type of environment is not a typical office that many people are used to. Because of its proximity to the warehouse there are noises and safety concerns associated with this work environment. Office staff working in a warehouse office are required to wear safety shoes when in the office due to the warehouse work that is being done close by.

This type of work environment can be very productive because the warehouse staff and the office staff are integrated. This means that the office staff is able to see how their work affects the overall production and the warehouse workers are able to see the direct importance of the office to their daily workflow.

Separate Office

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The second type of office work environment a Transportation and Logistics company may have is a separate office. This means the office is not directly connected to the the warehouse/dock but is in a separate area of the building.

Workers in this type of office are not required to wear safety gear but will still work directly with the warehouse staff and employees in every area of the company.

This type of office can be effective for work production but can cause a disconnect between office staff and warehouse staff. The distance between the warehouse and the office can create a wall that must be broken as the office and the warehouse must work hand in hand to keep the company running.

Cisco-Eagle published an article about bridging the gap between the warehouse and the office, read it here.

If you’re looking for an office job in the Transportation and Logistics industry be sure to check out our job openings page here.

This is the second blog post in a series on work environments. Read our post on the difference between crossdocks and warehouses here.