Isolation can bring benefits
THE long hours and isolated locations often associated with mining can bring workers unique benefits, an employer says.
Many mining staff work extended periods rather than the standard five-day working week but receive extra days off at the end of their roster.
This means employees can spend more time with family and friends and pursue more recreational activities than the traditional worker who receives two days off a week.
Cliffs Natural Resources Asia Pacific Iron Ore vice-president Colin Williams says employees at its Koolyanobbing operation, in the Western Australian goldfields, work on a nine-day roster then receive five days off.
Compared to the average worker, its employees work one fewer day each fortnight.
Workers employed on a fly-in, fly-out roster also commute to the mine on the company’s time, freeing up more personal time.
Fly-in, fly-out provisions also allow workers to live close to friends, family and services instead of relocating to isolated mine sites.
‘‘Our site-based employees fly within company time instead of their own and work 10-hour shifts instead of the more common 12, which all adds up to the perfect balance we seek to offer our people,’’ Mr Williams says.
He says the company wants to attract, retain and develop its employees because its people are its greatest asset and the best and brightest workforce will help it achieve its goals.
‘‘We give our employees rewarding career experiences with development opportunities through our extensive leadership courses and professional development programs,’’ he says.
‘‘We offer remuneration packages and benefits, including 15 per cent superannuation and an annual bonus scheme.’’