What should you do to prevent yourself being overworked? And how can you make an injury claim against your employer?
If you are new in your job or even in your employment area, it is easy for your employer to overwork you and for you to do as you are told, because you don’t want to answer back and lose your job or get a bad reputation for yourself so early in your career. However, overworking can lead to illness or injury, and can actually make you less efficient in your work than if you were allowed to work at your own pace.
If you do feel that your employer is asking too much of you, it is better to do something about it sooner rather than later, before there is a chance of you being seriously overworked.
- Check your contract. Make sure that anything your boss is asking you to do that you don’t want to do, or that you feel constitutes too much work, actually goes against your contract, and then you should be able to say no when asked to work. If your contract states a certain number of hours each week, you can refuse to work more than this.
- Share the load. Don’t try to take everything on yourself, believing that if you want it done properly you should just do it yourself. Trust your colleagues to share the load with you, so that everyone gets to put some work into each project, and develops in their job.
- Avoid overtime. If you are not being paid enough in your job then you might actually want a different job, rather than having to work overtime most of the week to make up the cash that you need. It is ok to do overtime from time to time, but if it becomes a weekly occurrence, something has to change.
- Get a new job. If there doesn’t seem to be anyway to stay in your job and work less hours, then start looking for a new job which pays better for less work.
Make an injury claim in Kirkcaldy and Dysart
Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making an injury claim in Kirkcaldy and Dysart against your employer, if you feel that an accident or injury that you have suffered was the result of you being overworked by your employer, or negligence on behalf of your employer.
You should be able to make an injury claim in Kirkcaldy and Dysart if you can prove that your injury or illness was not your fault, and the team can handle your claim on your behalf so that you are able to relax during the claims process. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making an injury claim in Kirkcaldy and Dysart.