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Occupational safety: How to avoid accidents during a job

Occupational safety: How to avoid accidents during a job

Even though it is quite rare, emergencies do happen every now and then – even in the workplace. That’s why occupational safety should be a top priority for both companies and workers.

To ensure that all jobs are safe, it’s extremely important to know before and during a job how everyone involved can behave in a safe manner, and how to react in the event of an accident.

Please make sure to observe the following points at all times:

Important safety rules for workers

What do I need to know before starting a job?

  • The hiring company must inform employees in detail about possible dangers and important rules of conduct.

  • Employees must always wear the required protective equipment and follow the safety precautions.

  • Employees should always know where first aid kits, alarm plans, fire extinguishers, escape routes, and assembly points are located.

  • In case of danger, follow the rule “Stop – do not continue working until the danger has been eliminated”.

What do I have to do in an emergency?

  • Secure the accident site and the injured person.

  • Give first aid, treat the injured person and, if the injuries are more serious, call an ambulance.

  • Inform your shift manager or the contact person on site.

  • Contact Coople as soon as possible.

More information on occupational safety for workers:

Important safety rules for companies

Prior to the start of a job, companies are obliged to determine and clearly communicate to their employees how to behave safely and what needs to be done in an emergency.

What must be ensured before a job?

  • Define hazards for the company and establish vital safety rules.

  • Organise necessary protective equipment and safe work tools.

  • Ensure maintenance of buildings, facilities, work equipment and personal protective equipment.

  • Compile handling instructions for hazardous materials.

  • Provide first aid kits, alarm plans, and fire extinguishers, and determine escape routes, assembly points, and other emergency measures.

  • Ensure first aid for employees who work alone.

In an emergency, follow the rule “Stop in the event of danger – Eliminate danger – Continue working”. In case of an emergency, it’s also important that you get in touch with Coople as quickly as possible.

More information on occupational safety for companies:

Which sectors can you find the most jobs in right now?

Which sectors can you find the most jobs in right now?

Find out which sectors have the highest demand for workers and how you can increase your chances of being hired.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the Swiss labour market and there is an increased demand for flexible workers. In autumn 2022, we expect to see most jobs in the hospitality, sales, and logistics sectors.

These job profiles are currently in high demand:

  • Waiter / waitress

  • Chef / Cook

  • Reception assistant

  • Logistician

  • Sales assistant / retail trade

  • Dishwasher

  • Promoter (consultant)

  • Craft & Assembly / Dismantling

Here are some tips to help you increase your chances of getting hired:

1. Make sure to add the relevant job profile(s) if one of the roles above interests you. The more job profiles you add, the more suitable job requests you will receive.

2. Apply for as many jobs as possible, even if they are slightly outside your comfort zone. Be open to new opportunities and do not let rejection discourage you! We recommend you to apply for last-minute jobs, jobs with night shifts or jobs with the “be an early applicant” label, as the chances of getting hired are higher.

3. Does your Coople profile represent you well? Your CV should show your most important work experiences. A good profile picture also helps to make a strong first impression. Make sure that your profile is up-to-date and represents your best self when the job requests come in.

4. Log into the Coople Job App regularly to search for jobs proactively. By logging in, you signal your interest in our jobs and we will send you more requests.

Good luck with your job search!

Receive up to 5,000 francs for your further education

Receive up to 5,000 francs for your further education

Many of you are entitled to free training! As a Coopler, you benefit from the “GAV staff leasing” collective bargaining agreement. This governs all the framework conditions for fair and legally-compliant employment.

What many Cooplers don’t know: if you have worked at least 88 hours via Coople in the past 12 months, you are one of the lucky people who are entitled to up to 5’000 francs for a training course and potentially up to 2’250 francs for loss of earnings!

Have you noticed that in addition to your social security contributions, 0.7 percent is deducted for the “GAV” on your Coople payslip? Among other things, these contributions are paid into the temptraining further training fund. If you would like to attend a training course in the near future, regardless of whether you are interested in languages, occupational safety, computing or specific professional training, it is worth checking your bursary eligibility.

The amount of money you can receive depends on the number of temporary hours you have worked over the past 12 months. To make use of this opportunity, you will need to meet the following conditions:

  • The further education must not have started yet.
    If a course has already begun, you will unfortunately not receive any money for this, but you can already start looking for another course.
  • You fall under the staff leasing collective bargaining agreement or your last employment was no more than 12 months ago and you have worked at least 88 hours.
    That corresponds to approximately two weeks of full-time workload. If you work as a temp on different platforms which are subject to the staff leasing collective bargaining agreement, you can add these work hours together.
  • The further education keeps you in good shape for the labour market or contributes to your professional development.
    Courses for professional reorientation are therefore also supported. The course selected must be held in Switzerland and in one of the numerous schools recognised by temptraining.
  • The application for a bursary must be submitted to temptraining BEFORE the start of the training.
    However, you must first finance the further education yourself. You will only receive the bursary from temptraining after you have completed the course.

How to receive your money: this offer is not operated by Coople, but entirely by temptraining directly through the temp staff training fund. You must submit your application to temptraining BEFORE the course begins and wait for the results. You must pay the costs of the course yourself and attend at least 80% of the course. You must then submit all necessary proof and the cash granted will be transferred to you by temptraining.

Three questions to the Head of temptraining, Claudio Trenna:

In 2019, about 11,000 applications were submitted with 8,400 of these being approved. What is the main reason for an application being rejected?
The main reason for rejection is an application being submitted too late. Applications are also rejected if they do not meet the temptraining requirements (e.g. insufficient work hours documented, courses held abroad or in schools which are not recognised by temptraining).

Only 17% of applicants are women. Is there any reason for this?
There are more men in the pool of temp staff. The main reason for this lies in the mix of sectors and skills. Temporary workers play an important buffer role in the construction and industrial sectors during peak periods. Both sectors employ far more men than women. (Source: swissstaffing, temp staff in Switzerland 2018)

Which type of training is most in demand?
Depending on the sector of activity, different courses are in demand. Language courses – especially in the national languages of DE, FR, and IT – and occupational safety courses are often requested. There is also considerable interest in courses for fork-lift drivers and machinists as well as in different business courses.

Detailed information, explanatory videos, examples of allowances and much more can be found at www.temptraining.ch. If you have any questions, you can reach temptraining by calling 044 388 95 30 (Mon. / Tues. / Weds. / Fri.: 10 a.m. – 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.; Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.) or at info@temptraining.ch.

So what are you waiting for? You can find your payslips in your Coople Jobs App: get your calculators out, count up your hours, find a course and send your application to temptraining!

Happy learning!

How can I upload professional documents to my profile?

How can I upload professional documents to my profile?

Adding professional documents such as certificates, diplomas and any licenses you may have is a great way of showing off your skills and experience. This will also improve your profile and help you stand out as a great candidate.

What documents can you upload?

There’s a variety of documents you can upload via the Coople Job App. These include:

  • Diplomas: if you have any diplomas from completed courses, make sure to upload it to your profile to show off your education and professional training
  • Driving licenses: some jobs require a driving license. To receive such job requests and to apply successfully to these roles, make sure you add your driving license to your documents
  • Certificates: from language certificates to emergency first aid and mixology, we have a wide range of certificates you can upload
  • CV: to increase your chances of getting hired, it’s a good idea to upload and regularly update your CV. Read here for more information on how you can create a great CV

How can I upload my professional documents?

To upload your documents, make sure you have them saved on your phone or cloud system (such as Google Drive, iCloud or Microsoft365). Alternatively, you can take a picture of your document(s) with the Coople Job App.

  1. Open the Coople Job App
  2. Tap on Profile at the bottom right
  3. Tap on Documents, then tap Add Document
  4. Select the document type you want to upload
  5. Take a photograph of your document or upload from your phone or cloud system. Make sure the photo is clear, non-blurry and shows the document in full

And you’re all set!

For more information on how you can improve your profile, take a look at the links below.

How to raise your platform reputation to find regular work

How to raise your platform reputation to find regular work

We’re all about enabling you to reach your professional or personal goals with rewarding, flexible work. To help you reach your full potential on the Coople platform, we’ve put together a handy overview on how you can successfully build your platform reputation to find regular flexible work.

Dress code

Be sure to turn up to your shift in the right clothes. A full dress code can be found in the description of each role within our jobs marketplace. It’s vitally important to follow the specified dress code exactly as some hiring companies will not allow you to work otherwise.

Arrive on time

First impressions matter. It’s important to ensure that you are adequately prepared for your shift to make sure you get the best possible rating to build your platform reputation. We therefore encourage our Cooplers to prepare for their shift by researching the shift location before it starts, and to arrive at least 10 minutes early. This will provide you with adequate time in case of traffic etc.

Arrive on time

It’s important to remain professional and have a positive attitude while at work. A good way to ensure you stand out while on shift and raise your reputation is to stay friendly and engaged. If there’s anything you’re unsure of, or something you would like to learn, don’t be afraid to ask! Being proactive and having a can-do attitude is a great way of making a stand out impression to hiring companies, which will allow you to increase your reputation even more.

Other ways of standing out include:

  • Asking your teammates what you can help with
  • Staying organized and keeping your work area tidy
  • Checking the quality of your own work
  • Being enthusiastic about your work – a positive attitude goes a long way!
  • Learning about the ins and outs of your role. When you know what the role involves and what is expected of you, you will be able to perform at your best
  • Be on time – whether you’re arriving for your shift, returning from breaks or completing tasks, punctuality is key and shows that you are reliable and dependable

Good luck with your flexible job search! For more tips on how you can increase your chances of getting hired and reach your goals, you can read our blog articles below:

What are job profiles?

What are job profiles?

A job profile is a role and experience level (eg. Expert office assistant) and they determine the types of job requests you will receive when working with Coople. It’s essential that you add at least one job profile, which you can do via the profile tab. Without job profiles, you will not be able to receive tailored job requests.

You can add multiple job profiles to your profile, although evidence of your experience may be required. Having multiple job profiles means that you will receive more relevant job requests sent straight to your mobile, making it even easier to find rewarding work for you.

What job profiles can I add?

The job profiles are as varied as the jobs we have on Coople. From warehouse assistants and forklift drivers to office assistants and promoters, there are plenty of different profiles available.
Once you’ve selected a profile, you may be asked to add your experience level. Our experience levels are divided into three different levels: Novice, Intermediate or Expert.

After you select an experience level, the job profile will be added to your account under the profile tab. Your job profile will then be approved by our team. We take special care to check that your job profiles match your experience to ensure that you receive a salary that reflects your skill level. This process is not automatic, but you don’t have to wait for approval. You can start applying to jobs right away, which speeds up the approval process!

Once you’ve added your job profiles, you will receive relevant job requests to your mobile. However, that’s not the only way you can find work with Coople. You can also apply to a diverse range of opportunities in our jobs marketplace, anytime, anywhere.

And that’s it! We wish you the best of luck on your flexible working journey. If you would like more information on how to set up your profile and maximise your chances of getting hired, browse our helpful guides below: