With the holiday season right around the corner, it will soon be time for buying gifts, making a dish to pass, and gathering with friends and family. The holiday season is the best time of the year for many—including retailers.
The days surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest time of the year for most retailers, so many companies are hiring seasonal employees. Although having some extra money in your pocket might sound good, there could be downfalls to being a seasonal employee.
What happens if you get hurt?
Unfortunately, injuries can happen in any occupation, although they are more common in some industries than others. Construction workers, warehouse employees and other labor-intensive jobs are more likely to lead to employee injury than a typical office job. Still, even office workers face a risk of injury.
No matter what type of seasonal work you decide to take on, it could leave you injured. Seasonal employees might face a higher risk of injury because of these three factors:
- They didn’t receive proper training. Because the holiday season is such a busy time for employers, they may have rushed seasonal worker through training.
- They felt pressured to work quickly. A new employee may feel compelled to work at the same pace as the seasoned, full-time employees. Since they don’t have as much experience in performing these duties, they might make a mistake.
- They become physically or mentally overworked. This new job might be the employee’s second job, which can lead to overexertion, exhaustion and a lack of sleep. The employee could become sleep deprived and more likely to get injured.
Before you take a seasonal position, you may want to find out if the employer has workers’ compensation coverage for seasonal workers. Many companies do have coverage for seasonal employees, but some might not.