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Navigating the Workplace: 7 Tips for Young Workers

27 February 2024

Are you starting out in the workforce or know someone that is?

Commencing a new job is an exciting time but if you are young or new to the workforce you may also be hesitant to speak up for your rights.

Did you know that young workers (aged from 15-24 years) are at greater risk of workplace injury due to their lack of experience and maturity and may be less aware of WHS risks and responsibilities?

Your safety and wellbeing are key priorities.

Horner Recruitment and your host employer have a responsibility to provide you with a safe workplace.

However, YOU also have a responsibility!

Check out our essential tips on navigating the workplace like a pro! 

1. Know Your Rights

Understanding your rights as an employee is fundamental. Familiarise yourself with labour laws, company policies, and your employment contract. Know what protections you have regarding wages, working hours, discrimination, and harassment. Being informed about your rights empowers you to advocate for yourself and ensures fair treatment in the workplace.

2. Know Your Responsibilities

Alongside rights come responsibilities. Clarify your job duties and expectations early on. Communicate with your Horner consultant or supervisor to gain clarity on what is expected of you. Knowing and fulfilling your responsibilities will earn you respect and credibility among your colleagues. You have a responsibility to take reasonable care for your own health and safety at work and ensure you don’t adversely affect the health and safety of others.

3. Prioritise Safety

Safety should always be a top priority in any work environment. Familiarise yourself with safety protocols, emergency procedures, and potential hazards in your workplace. Take necessary precautions to protect yourself and others from accidents or injuries. It is your responsibility to comply with any reasonable instructions given by Horner and the host employer.

4. Speak Up

Don’t hesitate to voice your opinions, ideas, or concerns. Your perspective as a young worker is valuable and may offer fresh insights to your team. Whether it’s suggesting improvements, seeking clarification, or addressing issues, speaking up fosters open communication and collaboration. Remember, your voice matters, so don’t be afraid to use it.  In particular, if you notice any safety concerns, report them promptly to your Horner consultant and supervisor. Remember, your voice matters.

5. Take Breaks and Rest

In the fast-paced world of work, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and overlook the importance of rest. Remember to take the required breaks throughout the day to recharge and maintain productivity. Adequate rest is essential for your physical and mental well-being, ultimately enhancing your performance and resilience.

6. Maintain Work-Life Balance

Finding balance between work and personal life is key to long-term success and happiness. Prioritise activities that bring you joy and relaxation outside of work. Make time for hobbies, exercise, socialising, and self-care. Striking a healthy balance ensures you remain motivated, engaged, and fulfilled in both aspects of your life.

7. Seek Support and Guidance

Navigating the complexities of the workforce can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone.  Don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed or seek advice from those with more experience. Embrace opportunities for learning and growth, and be open to feedback that helps you develop professionally.

At Horner we’re here to support you every step of the way. Let’s build a safer, healthier, and happier workplace together!


Sources: WorkSafe Victoria

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