In the lead up to the World day for health and safety at work (April 28th), here is your fourth tip for supporting young workers in your workplace.
Tip 4: Create a ‘buddy’ or mentoring system within the workplace
This is by far the most valuable tool for supporting the younger generations in the workforce. A mentoring system involves appointing a mentor (supervisor) to the young worker. This person should be an approachable and helpful supervisor who is educated on all facets of the workplace. Young workers can be assured they always have a go-to-person if they have any questions or require further training. A ‘Buddy’ system works slightly different, in that the ‘Buddy’ is an employee of similar age and acts more like a friend in the workplace than a supervisor. This encourages young workers to ask questions to their buddy, which they may have been hesitant to ask a supervisor. These systems create a welcoming environment and encourage young workers to speak up for themselves and ultimately develop their skills by gaining extra guidance.
We can all do our part to create safe and healthy workplaces for our future generations. If you don’t know where to start or you just need a little guidance, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on (02)9521 3410.