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A better place to work 

Welcome back to The Intelligent Miner newsletter. This month, we’re talking about ‘mining as a community’. 

I believe that people are the very best and most interesting part of this industry. To make mining more sustainable requires people and, to make modern lifestyles (which we all enjoy, let’s not lie) sustainable, requires mining. But at the moment, the industry has a bit of an image crisis on it’s hands. That’s a problem, because the sector is not attracting the talent needed to secure its future.

Technology is an important building block towards more sustainable mining, but it’s not a silver bullet. The human brain is still the most powerful tool we have, on or off of any mine site. Companies have invested far more in the former and not enough in the latter over the past few decades, and I’m pleased to see that many are now taking steps to redress this balance. 

It’s paramount that people are taken care of, that miners invest in their wellbeing and development, and reward their work properly. If not, they’ll go elsewhere. Plain and simple. 

So, let’s talk about new recruitment processes, building organisations and workplaces that support diversity, equity and inclusion, reshaping work to play to individual’s physical, mental and emotional strengths and weaknesses, retention strategies for the 21st Century, and new ways of leading. Because the coverage these subjects get in the media today does not fully reflect their significance. 

While we’re on the subject of people... Mental Health Awareness week took place in May. Although mental wellbeing has received extra attention in recent years, it's not something that should be discussed once a year and then put away for later. We need to be talking about it all the time, regardless of which industry we work in. 

Last week, I felt burn out approaching so downed tools for a few days, and it was well worth it. This is a friendly reminder to do the same if you’re also in that place. The world of work can wait. Your health cannot.

Take care of yourselves

Carly   

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Reading list
Eight of the most interesting articles I've read on the mining industry and its internal community
Hatch: Exploring the importance of diversity in engineering project teams
Jocelyn Lim discusses how companies can leverage what they know about diversity to better the success of project design teams. Some nice mining references here
MiningNews.net : MNN's 2022 Gender Diversity Scorecard
Kristie Batten takes a frank look at how the mining industry is progressing on gender diversity
Axora: How mining companies can attract top talent and enable the green energy transition
Insights from a recent panel discussion hosted by Axora and Young Mining Professionals exploring the mining skills gap, the industry’s critical need to attract top talent, and some potential solutions
Change Itself: Preparing, Attracting & Retaining a Mining Workforce
One to watch (or listen to). Stephen Gravel from the Centre for Smart Mining at Cambrian College joins Gus Minor and Eric Demers to discuss what the next generation of the mining workforce is looking for when choosing a job, and how companies are pivoting to meet these requirements 
Swann Global: Mining’s relationship with diverse talent
The fifth part in Swann's 'Mining and Society' series of articles. John Murray explains why the mining industry needs to tap into more diverse ways of thinking 
Responsible Mining Foundation: Why is gender still off the agenda of mining companies?
Research from the RMF has found that, despite receiving much lip service, gender action is still very thin on the ground at mine sites, including for women mine workers. The organisation asks, why?
ICMM: The Fourth Industrial Revolution - A burning platform for mining and host communities
Danielle Martin and Will Upshur discuss how increased digitisation and new ways of working could impact mining's host communities 
BHP: The road to gender balance 
The world's biggest mining company reviews progress towards its 2025 workforce gender balance goal    
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