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Employer cracks down on stressed, isolated FIFO workers

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A major resources producer and mental health service will relieve remote mine employees of psychological pressure and loneliness.

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) recently partnered up with Happiness Co to roll-out programs and resources to help fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers improve quality of life.

The Fortescue Wellness online initiative offers thousands of team members with live and interactive webinars, guided meditation, mindfulness resources, online fitness training, podcasts and even a FIFO beginner’s course.

The training covers the following topics:

  • contribution, compassion and social responsibility
  • relationships, connection and appreciation
  • peak performance and stress optimisation
  • pre-emptive mental health and happiness
  • self-development and personal growth
  • emotional intelligence.

“While FIFO work is rewarding, it comes with its own unique challenges, including long hours, time away from loved ones and isolation, resulting in increased risk to mental health and wellbeing. In fact, one in three FIFO workers experience high levels of mental health distress,” the Happiness Co website said.

“At Happiness Co, we have worked with dozens of organisations with a FIFO workforce and have now created a program just for this sector. A program to empower FIFO workers, creating a happier and healthier workplace and improving the lives of the people working in it.”

FMG claims the initiative will not only help the company meet its safety targets but also foster a more supportive work environment.

“Safety and family are at the core of our values, and this extends to the mental health and wellbeing of all our team members. It is our responsibility to ensure our people feel physically and mentally supported at all times,” chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said in a public statement.

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AMSJ April 2022