Publication of Advancing Employee Engagement in Mining: Insights from the 2019 MECA Symposium

White paper shares practical insights on the people side of mining

Employee engagement and soft skills have never been more important for the mining industry. A number of converging factors are changing the industry such as advanced digital technologies, emerging generations with different priorities around work, and increased social and environmental awareness. All of these changes affect the workforce, sometimes introducing new challenges, while also offering new opportunities around employee engagement.

This white paper describes employee engagement and disengagement from the perspective of the individual, organization and community and offers ideas for how to foster engagement and address disengagement. It also provides further discussion on the role of digital transformation as a challenge and enabler and considers the importance of engagement when it comes to health and safety and the broader community. It also includes a series of worksheets that individuals can use to help develop their soft skills.

The insights are those that were brought forward in the inaugural Mining Engagement Conference for Advancement (MECA) Symposium, held in Sudbury, Canada on October 9–11, 2019 in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). The event closed with a Think Tank interactive session where delegates shared challenges and solutions for fostering engagement in the workforce. The content is based around this discussion and with information from the rest of the event. The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) authored the paper to share these industry insights with the global community, such as the Workforce of the Future Working Group, which will be launching soon.

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About the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG)

The Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) is a network of representatives from mining companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original technology manufacturers (OTMs), research organizations, academia, regulatory agencies, consultancies, and industry associations who collaborate to tackle the challenges facing our industry. GMG aims to accelerate the improvement of mining performance, safety and sustainability by creating guidelines and white papers that address common industry challenges, facilitating collaboration and expanding the industry’s knowledge base. GMG also hosts and supports events that bring mining stakeholders together along with external industries to address the industry’s challenges, successes and innovations. GMG is also in the process of launching a working group on the Workforce of the Future and a project on automation and skills migration. GMG information is posted at

About the MECA Symposium

This symposium is a place to discover how to engage mining employees, acquire tools to support employees in connecting with their work, and foster discussions that will contribute to creating a more engaged workforce.

The goal is to create a working environment where people can take positive action to further their personal advancement and contribute to the growth of the organization as a whole. Symposium information is posted at The next full symposium is scheduled for 2021, with a smaller gathering planned for 2020.

About the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum is the leading not-for-profit technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries. With over 120 years of history and more than 10 000 members nationally and internationally, being a member has its benefits. CIM information is posted at