How to assign workers in Fallout 4

How to assign workers in Fallout 4
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton


30th Apr 2024 15:33



  • Settlers can be assigned to various constructions by selecting them in the Workshop menu
  • Both you and your settlement can get direct benefits from this

One of the big changes that Fallout 4 made to the series' formula was the addition of settlement building, which allowed players to construct havens for the survivors of the wasteland to come and live in.

The game also features a robust crafting and building system in conjunction with this, allowing you to make a number of creations at the determined spots around the map. While some of this is just aesthetic, a big part of the system includes meeting your settlers needs with food, water, and protection.

Considering you can't be expected to be in all these settlements at once, this means you need to divvy out tasks to workers and assign them to specific constructions. If you want to know all this works, read on below.

How to assign workers

Assigning workers is as simple as following this process below:

  • Enter into the Workshop menu by holding V on keyboard, the view button on Xbox, or the touchpad button on PlayStation
  • Find a settler and hover your cursor over them
  • Press the activate button: E on keyboard, A on Xbox, or X on PlayStation to select them
  • Find the construct you want to assign them too and press the activate button again

assigning a settler in Fallout 4
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The settler will now automatically complete their assigned duties, whether it be farming, keeping power on, or defending on the settlement. I recommend doing this manually for each character at a settlement to get the most out of them when playing.

What can settlers be assigned too?

There are a number of constructions you can assign a settler too, to either get benefits for the settlement as a whole or your character. I'll cover the constructions and benefits below:



All crops

Creates food for settlers

The Scavenging Station

Doubles the number of junk gathered in the settlement per day

Barber/Surgery chairs

Lets you change your appearance

All shops

Lets you access a vendor

The arena podiums

Lets you assign settlers to compete in combat

Guard posts

Adds defence to the settlement

There are also some constructions exclusive to the Vault-Tec Workshop DLC:



Weight Bench

Gives you +1 Strength


Gives you +1 Perception

Power Cycle

Gives you +1 Endurance

Barber Chair

Gives you +1 Charisma

Vault 88 Overseer's Desk

Gives you +1 Intelligence

Pommel Horse

Gives you +1 Agility

Slot Machine

Gives you +1 Luck

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Tarran Stockton
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Tarran Stockton
Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.
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