Warehouse Operative Luke Hamid only joined the team recently, but he has some exciting ambitions for the future.
What attracted you to Lidl?
While I was studying for my foundation degree in sports coaching and development, I had a part time job working in the stock room in a shoe shop in my local shopping centre. I really enjoyed it and that’s why the job at Lidl stood out to me. I’d never worked in a warehouse before so it was something completely different and I couldn’t wait to get started.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
Having never worked in a warehouse before, it was all brand new and there were lots of things to learn, such as using the headset, the driving and picking items. But it also makes it more rewarding when you’re learning new skills. I’m at the point now where I understand exactly what I’m doing and I’m training other people. My aim is to find a better way of doing everything so that I can teach the next generation the most efficient and effective way of doing the job.
What do you feel makes a good Lidl employee?
You have to be committed, hard working and reliable, and you need to be approachable as well because you need to be able to make other people feel at ease. Being able to work in a team is important because although essentially you’re working on your own, you need to make sure everything runs smoohtly as a whole so, for example, you need to work together to help your colleagues move pallets. We work hard as a team to make sure things run smoothly, but theres real camaraderie in the warehouse which keeps it fun!
What are your aspirations for the future?
I’m technically working above my role at the moment, because I really want to progress and take on more responsbility – I’ve been mentoring new starters on how to pick and counting up the pallets, too. I’d love to get a promotion – the only way is up, after all!
How would you describe Lidl in four words?
Challenging, rewarding, development, career.