A 2009 perspective of HR practices in Australian mining

  • Dickie C
  • Dwyer J
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Abstract

Purpose: Mining organisations operate with a finite resource, often in remote locations, require specialised skills, with high capital intensity and are subject to political, social and environmental global issues. Mining is among the most technologically advanced of all heavy industries but it relies on both employees and contractors for operational success. The aim of this paper is to focus on the human resource (HR) challenges facing the West Australian mining industry. Design/methodology/approach: This is a discussion paper, detailing the challenges that the HR function in the West Australian mining industry has faced in the recent past and is facing in the years ahead. Findings: The resource sector of the economy in 2009 had been hit hard with plunging commodity prices and falling demand and most HR challenges identified in earlier years as being relevant during boom years became even more critical. The key HR challenges facing the West Australian mining industry for the next few years are considered to be: replacing retirees; the retention of key talent; growing the talent pool training and development; and keeping staff motivated. Originality/value: The paper presents HR strategies to tackle the challenges that the mining industry faces in West Australia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Author-supplied keywords

  • Australia
  • Business cycles
  • Critical success factors
  • Human resource strategies
  • Mining industry

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Authors

  • Carolyn Dickie

  • Joe Dwyer

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