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11/24/2012 2:28:52 PM EST
I used to work in Human Resources as recruiter, training officer, and shift manager. Although it was an IT company, the irregularity of work schedule between different job positions taught me to juggle 150 daytime employees and 120 night work employees through three-shift rotations. In the same way, FIFO employees follow a different work schedule than the others at the mining site. Their work hours not only include the time spent working on site, but also the time it takes to travel from the work area to their families each week.
A good plan to meet problems with the FIFO workforce is to prepare a reserve list. These are personnel whom you've tapped to be ready to replace someone from the FIFO roster in case of absences due to an illness, an injury, and a personal emergency. These employees must agree to work on additional workload in these situations. Of course, the substitute must also have the same skills and training as the employee that he's covering for.
Obviously, a work continuity plan is needed to make sure the work continues and the project is derailed. Industrial timelines tend to follow a restrictive schedule until its completion to avoid incurring additional costs. Generally, project management principles teach us to keep a vigilant eye on the numbers and the milestones reached. Any progress made should be measured, its percentage treated as approximation towards completion. Also of great importance is delivering immediate feedback to employees and the use of observation notes shared by managers or supervisors with selected employees during a private meeting.
To ensure continuity with the mining work, managers or supervisors provide performance indicators to help employees measure how much work they've already finished and how well they've done the job. These cues to one's job performance also motivates the ordinary employees to take on any of the unfinished FIFO jobs, which gives them the opportunity to work on a flexible schedule.
The most defining aspect of this strategic document is in its proactive approach to catching weak links in the chain and applying a solution immediately. A plan like this needs all the tools it can use, such as upskilling programs, to improve employee skills, increase efficiency, and instill ownership over the quality of work that an employee provides. Ideas in creating a work continuity plan can be found online and you'd get a clearer picture of what management can do if you view website here: http://www.workpac.com/-211877/industrial.