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