Youth and the Workplace

Entering the workforce

What sorts of issues are encountered in the workforce ?

An issue encountered in the workplace is inequality. In companies and organisations, men and women do not receive the same kind of treatment and do not have equality in work and careers, which includes pay. Men receive better treatment than women, which goes for age as well. More experienced, older people receive higher pay than less experienced younger workers in the workforce. Bullying, harassment, discrimination, stress, violence and safety issues are all common issues especially around youth. Along with this, pay rates, barriers to employment and promotion are also very common amongst youth first entering the workforce.

Issues and how to deal with them:

Communication is a common cause of issues and by conveying clear, concise, accurate, and timely communication of information this will help to ease both the number and severity of conflicts especially around youth.

Importance Factor: Avoid conflict for the sake of conflict. However if the issue is important enough to create a conflict then it is surely important enough to resolve. If the issue, circumstance, or situation is important enough, and there is enough at stake, people will do what is necessary to open lines of communication and close positional and philosophical gaps.

Conflict: When trying to solve conflict resolution, by using conflict prevention where possible first can help majorly. By seeking out areas of potential conflict and proactively intervening in a just and decisive fashion you will likely prevent certain conflicts from ever arising. If a conflict does flair up, you will likely minimise its severity by dealing with it quickly. Time spent identifying and understanding natural tensions will help to avoid unnecessary conflict.

Arguments, Bad Leadership, Weak Links

Injury Rates in the Workforce

13% of the workforce is represented by youth under the age of 24, mostly inexperienced. This also impacts injury rates as youth typically have higher rates which are in part explained by a high frequency of injury hazards in workplaces where they typically work; hazards in restaurant settings associated with slippery floors and use of knives and cooking equipment. This factor should be considered carefully and fully beforehand. Inexperience and lack of safety training may also increase injury risks for young workers. Biologic and psychosocial contributors to increased injury rates, such as inadequate fit, strength, and cognitive abilities to operate farm equipment such as tractors

imply to this as well.