As continued challenges remain for employees and employers dealing with the impact of COVID-19, AMMA has sourced a number insightful articles focusing on how workplaces are adapting.

Will COVID-19 Put Mining on the Fast-Track Toward Automation?

An article published by Davey Bickford Enaex highlights how the rise of automated mining technology has sparked a lot of healthy discussion. On one hand, you have the concerns of shareholders with a bottom line to protect. The volatility of markets has clearly shown the need for innovation in core mining processes. Automation appears to be maturing at the right moment.

On the other hand, you have the concerns of individuals whose jobs could go away, and communities who rely on mining operations as a source of employment. How will operators maintain social license if more and more jobs are performed automatically while surrounding communities benefit less?

Will the pandemic strengthen the case for automated mining, speed up its development, and compel operators to be more aggressive with new technology?

The article explores questions of safety, process and the delicate balance in implementing automation.

Read the article in full here.

12 Ways to Become More Productive and Less Stressed

If you’re more stressed, you’re probably less productive. How can you reduce stress and increase productivity at the same time?

Online platform says stress and productivity have an interesting relationship. Most of us feel stress in proportion to our productivity; the less we’re able to get done, and the bigger our workload is, the more stressed we are. The more we’re accomplishing, the less stressed we feel.

Additionally, too much stress can hinder your productivity; if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, you won’t be able to work as effectively as usual.

That’s why your best approach is to utilise strategies that have the simultaneous capacity to reduce your stress and improve your productivity.

Click here to read the 12 Ways to Become More Productive and Less Stressed.

HR to push for a ‘permanent’ remote work policy

Almost all HR leaders (91%) are keen on campaigning for remote work arrangements to continue post COVID-19, found the latest global survey by publication Human Resources Director.

Three in four HR leaders (72%) said work from home opportunities have increased since the crisis began, with nearly half of all surveyed adding it’s increased ‘significantly’.

Majority of employers have given workers the option to work from home through the pandemic. Two in three (66%) HR leaders said they’re offering remote working options while the crisis lasts.

The survey revealed what policies HR have tweaked amidst the crisis.

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