Eager to please. But at what cost?

For many young workers, having a part time job can be the difference between being able to pay for tuition or not.  This past year saw a reduction of available jobs for young people.  The shuttering of retail chains like Target, Future Shop, Jacob, Mexx and others meant that thousands of young people were without income that they were depending on for school.

Young workers who do have gainful employment do what is necessary to be sure they don’t lose their jobs. According to Randy Young, President of Klozinc, a Toronto area manufacturer/distributor young workers do sometimes go a little too far.

“We get a lot of applications from young people looking for work and one thing we don’t want them impressing us with is taking risks with safety to increase their output,” he says. “For us, safety comes first, and it’s also very important that parents give this message to kids,” he advises.

Parents need to have conversations with their young worker children about their day to day activities at work, but not just the usual info about what their tasks are.  Ask about their pace of work. Find out if they feel pressure – either internal or external – to work at a speed that might compromise their safety.

They need to hear from you that most organizations don’t want employees getting injured on the job. They will relate to the logic of how injuries are bad for business from numerous perspectives: worker morale, lost time, increases in insurance premiums, fines, etc.

And most importantly they need to hear that no job is worth getting injured or dying for and that they have your love and support.

To get more insight from Randy Young, please checkout the video.

  • Sandra P.
    Posted at 07:09h, 25 July

    Here here. Young workers need to know they have the right to speak up about safety without fear of repercussion.