New online tool prepares miners for tough FIFO lifestyle
The induction tool features professional advice from a psychologist and practical tips for keeping employees happy and healthy despite regular separation from loved ones.
Mining Family Matters creator Alicia Ranford says Making It Work When You Work Away offers proactive advice on key issues including the importance of setting goals, overcoming mood swings, avoiding arguments about how R&R is spent, and staying connected without 24/7 phone access.
“It’s designed to forewarn employees about the most common emotional pressures faced by FIFO workers, and arm them with simple strategies to overcome any issues that do arise,” Ms Ranford says.
“Everyone benefits: the individual worker, their family and their company – because an employee who’s happy and content with life back home is much more likely to be focussed and productive on the job.”
The induction tool, created in conjunction with international online training company Health Safety Works, is specifically tailored to ensure information is relevant to individual FIFO workers whether they’re single, in a relationship or have children.
“Whenever we run city-based emotional resilience workshops for FIFO workers, they always tell us how great it would be to get the information to all employees up on site,” Ms Ranford says.
“Of course that isn’t practical given the remoteness of many FIFO operations – so we decided to create an online training tool to help workers anytime, anywhere.”
Making It Work When You Work Away is targeted at companies keen to boost the emotional wellbeing of new and existing employees on FIFO and DIDO (drive-in, drive-out) rosters, or who regularly travel away for work in any industry. Further information is available at http://www.miningfm.com.au/contact-us/online-induction-tool.html