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What Do You Know About the Hassle-Free Forklift Hire Process?

What Do You Know About the Hassle-Free Forklift Hire Process?

Every industry requires equipment to carry loads here-and-there, especially when raw material is to be taken from one place to another. Big warehouses, manufacturing units, mines, and many other businesses need loaders and lifters for swift movement of heavy loads to a final processing unit. Technological advancements have made it possible for various industries to have access to some very smart equipment and machinery that are economical as well as very efficient and reduce the requirement of man force to be employed for loading, unloading and moving heavy loads at the specified destination.

Like any other machinery used in the construction, agriculture, mining, transport, aerospace, defense or similar industry there is one piece of equipment that stands out from the rest: the forklift. A forklift is small, moves swiftly, is economical, and is capable of carrying heavy loads easily.

Not all businesses will need to purchase their own forklift however, since they may only require one during the peak season or when working on a specific project. Some smaller industries like breweries may need a forklift as well, but may not have the capital to purchase one of their own. In this case, it may be time to hire a forklift for a one-time project or to help get your business off the ground.

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Here are some important considerations that you have to look into prior hiring forklift:

Capacity

It is better if you know what the actual weight of the item to be lifted is as forklifts have rated capacities and they can only lift a specific amount of weight. Lifting more than the prescribed weight will not only damage the mast and attachment but can make you pay for the forklift damages as well as damage of the goods to be moved.

Lifting Height

Like the specific weight capacity, forklifts attachments and masts are designed to reach specific heights only. So don’t forget to judge the height of warehouse racks or how high the item you’re moving needs to be placed. Also, measure the height of the good to be moved in.

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Location

Forklifts comes in many type and capabilities, and the type of forklift required changes with the type of location. For instance, if the task is to unload items from a container then a container mast-fitted forklift will be required. On the other hand, if the items have to be moved or lifted in a warehouse for a longer duration, than an electric forklift will be more appropriate. Make sure you give details about your location or workspace to the forklift hire services so that they deploy the right forklift for the task.

Fuel type

Especially if you plan on hiring a forklift for a long period of time, you will need to what type of fuel is required and how to refill the tank if it runs low. Find this out ahead of time in order to save yourself precious productive time and work hours.

Terrain

The surface plays a vital role too the choosing a forklift. For instance, if the forklift is to be used on a construction site, you will need a rough terrain forklift. If the work is indoors in a warehouse, a forklift with non-marking tires would best fit your needs.

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Duration

Make sure you spend time accurately estimating how long you will need to rent the forklift for, and communicate that to your forklift hiring service. They may have other bookings, so don’t assume that you will be able to extend your rental if you don’t communicate beforehand.

Forklift Delivery/Pick-Up

Do you want forklift to be delivered at your premises or you will pick up the machinery from the supplier? This is and important consideration because the supplier will charge you extra for delivery services. If your budget allows you to have the forklift delivered at your premises and you do not have resources to yourself pick up the forklift then finalize the deal that suits your budget.

Availability & Booking

Once you have determined exactly what your needs are, making sure that the type of forklift you need is available is the most important step. Contact your local forklift supplier and book what you need, making sure you’ve gone through each of the above points with them and have exactly what will get the job done.

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Budget

Like every other rental service selection process everything comes still to budget. Forklift rental can be an expensive piece of the puzzle, so make sure you analyze your budget and make an effort to avoid any sort of financial obstacle before making the booking.

After thinking about each of these aspects, you should have a pretty good idea of your forklift requirements and hopefully have a hassle-free forklift hire process.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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