What follows is a series of short articles on mine scheduling. Like any good posts, they should include some storytelling and so I’m going to kick off with a story that was pivotal in many of my learnings about mine scheduling.Continue reading “The Broken Stocks Saga”
“You’ve got the job!”
The buzz that comes from hearing those words can’t be denied but, for many of us, that initial euphoria is often replaced with fear.Continue reading “Get on board with Onboarding”
Ask any experienced FIFO worker and they’ll tell you –Christmas away from loved ones is tough. The gap between site and home suddenly seems so much greater at Christmas, especially when there are small children involved.Continue reading “FIFO Christmas Survival Kit”
It’s been a long, long year.
COVID threw unexpected challenges at all of us and no one escaped the impact of the pandemic, not least the thousands of FIFO workers who were impacted by changed conditions and border closures.Continue reading “Keeping the Christmas Cheer ( or how to have a festive FIFO Xmas)”
Anyone in the investing world has tales to tell of the bear and bull years while mining is synonymous with boom or bust years.Continue reading “Forward thinking to Futureproof Mining Careers”
According to research, FIFO workers are significantly more likely to be overweight than other workers. But food is not the only contributing factor. Irregular hours, shifting locations and variable sleep patterns play havoc with their health. Add to this mix the boredom factor and the stats aren’t too surprising. So, what to do?Continue reading “FIFO Fitness”
Love it or loathe it, networking is an essential component of today’s business world. Aside from some extroverts who thrive on the social engagement involved in networking and love cold-calling and working a room, many see it as a somewhat superficial exercise that lacks authenticity. However, the research says something different. According to Neil Munz-Jones, author of ‘The Reluctant Networker’, up to 70% of positions are filled via networking and he has numerous stories of how networking led to the sale of new consulting projects.Continue reading “Learning to Love Networking”
Gold is one of the most highly-desired and useful metals in the world. Not only can it be beautifully shaped and sculpted, the precious yellow metal conducts electricity and does not tarnish. These qualities make it the metal of choice for the industrial, medical and technology industries, just to name a few.
Arguably no other metal has been held in higher esteem throughout history, with almost every established culture using gold to symbolise power, beauty, purity and accomplishment.
They are the behemoths of the mining landscape and each year the major players manage to make them bigger, faster, more operationally efficient and even more comfortable. In 2020 the biggest beasts come from the giants in the field – Belaz, Caterpillar, Liebherr, Terex (re-branded as Bucyrus) and Komatsu all with dump trucks jockeying for position.Continue reading “Mining Workhorses – The Top Contenders”
Have you ever doubted your leadership skills, or thought maybe perhaps because you haven’t studied business management you wouldn’t be very good at it? The truth is, we all have the ability to become a leader as incredible as Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore. Leadership is an important function of management which helps to maximise efficiency and to achieve organisational goals. Leadership is the potential to influence behaviour of others. It is also defined as the capacity to influence a group towards the realisation of a goal. Leaders are required to develop future visions, and to motivate the organisational members to want to achieve the visions. According to Keith Davis, “Leadership is the ability to persuade others to seek defined objectives enthusiastically. It is the human factor which binds a group together and motivates it towards goals.”