Officially start my first day as a package handler tonight...

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by iDC, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. iDC

    iDC New Member

    2030 is my start time what will I be doing? I appreciate any advice that can be passed down to a noob. I'll be working at the hub out here.
  2. Hatch76

    Hatch76 New Member

    is this Express or Ground?
  3. iDC

    iDC New Member

  4. Hatch76

    Hatch76 New Member

    don't get overwhelmed first day and don't worry about remembering everything they tell you. did they tell you what area you will be working at?
  5. iDC

    iDC New Member

    No not yet, but we did tour the hub and got to see the different areas of the job
  6. Hatch76

    Hatch76 New Member

    oh ok, so its just the orientation then. don't get discouraged if they start you at the input, all you do is offload cans, really just monotonous work. you might get lucky and start at an offload team or a slide. it used to be you could transfer to different areas in the hub after 3 months, not sure if its still like that, but you definitely want to get on an offload team. just show a good attitude and be on time; it takes some time to get from the parking lot to the bldg if its the Memphis Hub...
  7. Star B

    Star B White Lightening

    Good luck and please stop putting heavy boxes on top of light boxes.

    Love, every courier that has to deliver said mangled boxes to :censored2: off customers.
  8. BootsOnTarmac

    BootsOnTarmac Active Member

    Welcome to Express. It may not be your cup of tea but give it some time. Your body will adjust. Get to know your Team Lead. After 90 days your in like Flynn. While you work, look around at other jobs your manager is in charge of, you may find something that suits you better. Show up on time and if you can, volunteer for coming in early or staying after the sort. Try not to let your co-workers apathy affect you. Judge the job for yourself! Post back if you made the 90 days and decided to stay. Lots of advice available here.
  9. Operational needs

    Operational needs Non desistas. Non exieras.

    Who knew there was a probation period for handler??? Lol.
  10. BootsOnTarmac

    BootsOnTarmac Active Member

    In the past your first 90 days meant limited call ins and tardiness. Your manager had cause to let you go. Now it seems that after 90 days you get your health benefits, etc. Ever since they stopped the high school / GED requirement for handlers the pool of new hires has gone to crap. Every once in a while you get a shining star. Quality handlers are the keystone of this operation, preventing problems like crushed packages, miss-sorts, and putting the wrong cons on a doc bag to name a few.
  11. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    You will be moving a lot of envelopes. Don't hurt your back trying to lift more than one at a time.
  12. l22

    l22 Active Member

    Do everything to the very best of your ability. Ask management all the questions you can and follow up until you get a proper answer/the info you were looking for. Familiarize yourself with company policy - the People Manual. Your body will adjust to the work - in particular, your hands will have to get used to handling so many packages. It may be painful at first, but you'll get used to it.
  13. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

  14. l22

    l22 Active Member

    Find out about tuition reimbursement and use it.
  15. jiujitsuhero

    jiujitsuhero New Member

    remember to pull the boxes from the bottom while unloading trailers. It's much quicker. j/k.