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DEAR RETAIL WORKERS...

Welcome to the holiday season! The business and the chaos has started, especially now as we approach that week before Christmas. It's the happiest time of the year for most, however those who work in retail will tell you it's probably their worst. In this newsletter we are shifting perspectives and looking at what retail workers are saying...and it might surprise you!

 
LACK OF TIME OFF MAKES HOLIDAYS STRESSFUL

"About 61% of workers report they’re negatively affected during the holiday season, according to Monster’s Holiday Work Life Balance Poll. Overall, nearly half of workers said they feel more stressed than usual during the holidays, and 17% noted a decline in their overall well-being.

In a survey conducted in November, 28% of workers said they receive only one or two days off during the holiday season, which stretches from Thanksgiving at the end of November through New Year festivities at the beginning of January. About 26% said they receive 3-5 days off, 12% receive 6-10 days off and 5% receive 11 or more days off." Learn more


1-IN-4 RETAIL WORKERS FEAR SAFETY

"As the holiday shopping season approaches, retail workers are concerned about their personal safety given a recent increase in workplace incidents, according to the Retail Worker Safety Report released Monday by Motorola Solutions. The report, which came from a November survey of more than 1,000 retail store associates and managers, showed that one in four workers considered leaving the retail sector because of workplace safety concerns, and that employers who invest in store security measures are more likely to build employee morale and retention.


Top safety concerns highlighted in the report include petty theft, hostile customer interactions, grab-and-run incidents, and loitering." Learn more


WHY JANUARY IS THE WORST TIME FOR RETAIL WORKERS COMP CLAIMS

‘Tis the most wonderful – and busiest – time of the year for the retail industry.

While a sharp spike in holiday shopping typically means a similar uptick in the number of seasonal workers, a new report on retail risks has found that these workers were more likely to get injured on the job in January rather than in November and December.


AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (AmTrust) has found that the number of workers’ compensation injuries that are claimed for every $100,000 of a retailer’s payroll in the United States was 25% higher in January." Learn more

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