Tips for working away

Quite often we have young (sometimes older) team members working away from home for the first time. This can be a daunting experience, especially leaving loved ones for extended periods of time. Our team sat down and came up with four solid tips for anyone working away from home that will make their experience much more enjoyable.

 1.      ET Phone Home - Don’t Forget Your Charger!!

Working away from friends and family can be hard for you and your loved ones. Especially if you have young children at home which many of our staff do. In this day and age there is no excuse to NOT stay connected. Skype and Face time are great apps that offer face to face communication that way you will never miss a live practice run of your 10yold’s 3-minute school speech, (as I did recently) … you don’t want to miss that!!

 Make sure you pack a charger and make time to make the call as it is tough on both sides of the fence!

2.      Be prepared – Scouts Motto

Murphy’s law – anything that can happen will happen. Often, we go away and pick up extra work to do while we are there which can push the trip out a day or two. Working in remote area’s means we often deal with inclement weather. It’s always best to be prepared and packing an extra change of clothes or a jacket just in case can be the difference between a good trip and a great trip.

 3.      Get familiar with your Surroundings – Is KFC still open?

It is important to do a bit of research on where your heading to make your life a little easier when you arrive at your temporary home. Simple things such as where is the nearest laundromat, what kitchen facilities are available where you’re staying, where is the nearest supermarket what time do they close and what night does the local pub do $10 snitty’s?

 4.      Lean on me - Help a brother out!!

Remember we are all part of one team, some guys do working away from home better than others. It is important to keep an eye on each other and be there for your teammates if they need a pick me up or a shoulder to lean on. Have dinner together, share a few laughs and try and focus on enjoying the positives as opposed to the negatives of working away.

Nicholas Roddy