The sharing of stories about successes in gender inclusion will allow employees at all levels and across sites to learn from one another; and also “bring to life” the benefits increased gender inclusion can bring to their day-to-day work. On an industry level, stories can help people inside and outside the sector to get a sense of the important progress being made within mining workplaces.
A story is a narrative of past employee experience that is communicated informally within the organization or the industry. Knowledge grows through such experience.
Storytelling is part of an oral tradition that allows people to benefit from the experience and knowledge that exists within the ”community” – whether that is a worksite, a mining company, or the mining industry. Storytelling triggers listeners to respond with other stories, building new understanding. Memorable stories can capture and hold our attention, increasing the likelihood of learning.
A story is more than a “report to management” about a task that was completed. It includes context, personal involvement and often a connection to important values. To make it useful for others, a story should describe some of the following – it might be helpful to add a simple template or form to your intranet to facilitate this:
Employees could submit their gender inclusion stories on an individual basis or in collaboration with other colleagues – for example:
To maximize the impact of the stories submitted, dissemination methods could include:
Sharing stories has benefits at multiple levels.
For change agents and champions
For the organization
For the industry
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) – Gender Equity in Mining (GEM) Works eLearning Suite https://mihr.ca/
The Gender Equity in Mining (GEM) Works – Learn to Make a Difference e-learning program supports change agents in applying the GEM Works Toolbox to update policies and practices to identify and remove unintended barriers. In particular, see: Module 4: Building Organizational Support & Momentum – for additional ideas for engaging stakeholders.
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) workshops – Being a Gender Champion and Building Momentum on your Journey towards Gender Equity http://www.mihr.ca
The GEM Works Executive Development Sessions are two half-day, interactive programs that enable mining leaders to succeed as a “Gender Champion” driving change towards a more gender-inclusive workplace. The workshops include topics such as addressing difficult questions, and myths and misconceptions.