The hospitality industry is typically comprised of workers from the restaurant and lodging sectors. Bother sectors are focused on providing guest related services, and many hotels and resorts typically have a restaurant or bar as part of their establishment. For the sake of convenience, we will list light duty job ideas for restaurants and lodging together.
Restaurants vary in business model from sit-down dining with wait-staff to fast food. Common injuries include slips/trips/falls, cuts or lacerations, burns, and sprains/strains. Cuts may stem from contact with knives, slicers, and broken dishes or glasses. Burn hazards include boiling water, fryers, and hot stovetops. A large majority of the work-related injuries in the hotel business also occur within the housekeeping department. This can stem from lifting mattresses, pushing supply carts, and cleaning floor level or high fixtures or surfaces.
When a hospitality worker is injured on the job, it benefits both the business and the injured employee to return the injured individual to work as soon as possible. We have provided a list of light duty tasks below that hotels and restaurants can assign to injured workers. Before starting any injured employee on any light duty job, hospitality employers should make sure to get physician approval and provide a job offer letter in writing.
- Dusting or polishing fixtures
- Train new employees
- Concierge or front desk
- Host or hostess
- Fold tablecloths and fancy napkins.
- Polish and roll silverware
- Light food prep, including slicing or peeling fruits and vegetables
- Mixing batters or coatings
- Inventory foods and supplies
- Frost pastries, cakes, and desserts
- Wipe down menus
- Refill condiments and seasonings
- Light surface level cleaning such as wiping down counters, tables, or fixtures
Providing a light duty job for injured hospitality workers allows them to return to work sooner. When employees are cleared by a doctor to return to work, but are still not at full capacity, they can move into one of these modified positions until they are completely healed. This not only allows injured worker to remain connected to their work teams, but also preserves productivity and tends to shorten recovery time.