This study examined the experiences and attitudes of mining personnel towards living and working in a remote fly-in fly-out Australian mining site. This study used a semi-structured interview administered to 39 men and 5 women who were employees of the mining organisation. On the basis of a thematic analysis of interview data, two recurring and pervasive themes were identified: (i) reference to friendships and team work and the opportunity to undertake different work in a remote setting as the best aspect of their experience, and (ii) reference to the harsh physical conditions, long working hours and the need to live and work away from home for extended periods of time as the worst aspect of the experience. These themes are discussed within the context of the organisation’s culture and implications for personnel selection and recruitment procedures are considered.
|Keywords:||Organisational Culture, Isolated Confined and Extreme Environments|
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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