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For em­ploy­ees, there’s an app for that

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE -

With the ever-chang­ing face of tech­nol­ogy, most of us have heard the phrase “there’s an app for that.”

Now the Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada has launched an app for em­ploy­ees in an ef­fort to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and to be more en­gaged with lead­er­ship. In a re­lease from the com­pany, it says the app is de­signed to let em­ploy­ees anony­mously give feed­back, ask ques­tions and com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with the com­pany’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Clay­ton Walker.

The app also al­lows em­ploy­ees to com­mu­ni­cate with co­work­ers and mem­bers of the se­nior man­age­ment team. The idea is to get work­ers to com­ment on what works well, to com­ment on more of what they would like to see on a dayto-day ba­sis. The idea is to let lead­ers hear from work­ers and where pos­si­ble take ac­tion to im­ple­ment new ideas, and to solve is­sues that are im­por­tant to em­ploy­ees.

Walker then makes him­self avail­able at pre­de­ter­mined times weekly to an­swer ques­tions and pro­vide feed­back on the app. Walker told the Aurora “so far the new com­mu­ni­ca­tions tool is work­ing well, em­ploy­ees seem to be get­ting on board with this new tool.”

Walker says about 800 em­ploy­ees are us­ing this new app and they are get­ting lots of di­a­logue, which is what they are hop­ing for.

“We hope this will help us build a safer and stronger busi­ness to­gether,” he added.

In ad­di­tion to this re­cent de­vel­op­ment, em­ploy­ees can take part in a semi-an­nual sur­vey con­ducted by Rio Tinto, which sur­veys em­ploy­ees around the globe to get an idea as to what is hap­pen­ing with the busi­ness and what is im­por­tant to em­ploy­ees.

A sep­a­rate tool to re­port busi­ness mis­con­duct is also avail­able and is man­aged by an­other arm of Rio Tinto, which is in­de­pen­dent from any of the group busi­nesses. There is also a way for IOC em­ploy­ees and com­mu­nity mem­bers to reg­is­ter com­mu­nity in­ci­dents or com­plaints either by email or by phone (iocfeed­back@ironore.ca, or 944-8400 ext.8677).

The Aurora asked lo­cal 5795 Steel­work­ers Union pres­i­dent Ron Thomas for his thoughts on the app. His com­ments were few but he said his pref­er­ence would be for his union mem­bers to come to the union with their thoughts and com­ments and for the union to deal di­rectly with man­age­ment and se­nior man­age­ment team mem­bers.

“There is al­ready a way for this to be done in place,” Thomas said.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

IOC pres­i­dent and CEO Clay­ton Walker us­ing the app

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