After my safety presentations at work places, I often get asked about the negative consequences of my injury, people find it hard to believe when I tell them how lucky I am also.
Even the worst situations can have silver linings
If I were still working on remote sheep & cattle properties our 4 boys would have done most of their schooling at boarding schools and only come home on holidays.
We, as parents would have missed so much quality time with them.
I attended boarding school from 8 years of age & hated it. Instead our boys came home from school everyday and I also was home while the younger ones got to school age.
Things have worked out very well, now the boys are all finished school, I am travelling away to work and not missing those truly special years with them growing up.
Yes, I missed out on kicking the footy with the boys, playing cricket, going trail bike riding and teaching them to drive, however, it also meant I was not away to miss birthdays, sport days and other special occasions. I could be involved in their school days and activities.
With the luxury of hindsight no FIFO job would pay me enough to miss what I have experienced and these are experiences that money cant buy and you don’t get a second chance of having.
Things like this are the positive side of my accident, I am not suggesting to get injured but if you are not happy with your present situation have a good think about what’s important to your life and your family.
Last year when I visited the property where I got injured my old boss reminded me that I often told him when the boys had to attend high school I was leaving because there was no local high school and they would have to board. I talked about getting a job mowing lawns if I had too in one of the bigger regional towns.
A common thing at lot of work sites I go to is I hear a lot of people complaining
This can range from workers not happy with the boss or the type of work, even their work mates.
There is a lot of stress with working away from home, on both partners, and I often have heard workers not happy about the remote location or being away from family missing special outings and such, or the time it takes to get to & from home, waiting in airports etc.
One project manager explained he thinks a lot of the personnel are like jet engines-if their not whining their not working.
From my observations some are simply complaining & should either get over it or get another job that they maybe happy with, the odds are they are never going to be happy until they change their attitude, but if they left it would open the position for someone else to happily do it.
There is research identifying unhappy workers as unsafe and up 20% less productive them happy workers.
On the other hand a lot of the remote workers truly suffer & need support and strategies to get them & their families through the tough times. This is an area we are looking at putting together some information to help as there are people out there very unhappy and even some that have committed suicide due to these types of stresses.
I would love to hear you opinion or thoughts on how best to help in these situations.
Leave your comments below, about your experiences or any stories you have heard about working away, and how you coped.