November 30, 2011

Tips for Hiring Seasonal Workers

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With the holidays upon us, businesses are hiring extra help to handle the seasonal surge in activity.

Safety and Loss Prevention Outreach Coordinator Richard Perkins of Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation offers three tips for those involved in the hiring and supervision of seasonal workers.

1. Business owners and managers should not view seasonal workers as temporary labor. It sounds odd, we know, but if they are injured, the effect on the company could be felt long-term.

"Seasonal employees should have the same orientation and training that your regular employees receive," Perkins says.

2. Because seasonal workers are employed for a short time, it can be extremely difficult to manage and track claims for those who are injured on the job but are no longer employed.

"By providing a high level of supervision for your seasonal personnel, you can reduce the potential for them to be involved in a workplace accident," says Perkins.

3. A comprehensive, enforced safety program is a must. Not having a program in place increases the likelihood that fraud can be perpetrated successfully.

"Demonstrate to the seasonal employee that your organization has a well-run safety and risk management program," Perkins advises. "Perform the preemployment drug test, orient and train the employee, and then aggressively manage the personnel."

LWCC (www.lwcc.com) is a private, nonprofit mutual insurance company. It is Louisiana's largest writer of workers' compensation insurance, covering about 17,000 policyholders in the state. LWCC is rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

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