Going for gold! St Barbara sets the bar for Workplace communications

Over the past 18 months, in the depths of COVID, we’ve certainly been reminded that human connection matters. So, what better day to launch a platform to connect and engage your people than RUOK Day; a day when Australians and New Zealanders recognise the importance of checking in with those around them to ask if they’re okay?

That’s exactly what gold mining company St Barbara did by launching Workplace from Facebook yesterday, under the theme: “Conversations matter”.

With operations spanning Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada, St Barbara had been predominantly relying on email and Microsoft Teams to communicate with their people online. 

“These platforms work well, but we were looking to increase two-way communication at all levels across the business.” says Justine Fisher, Head of People, Communications and Corporate Affairs. 

St Barbara began their search for new technology and came across Workplace from Facebook and Enablo.

“We very quickly knew that this was the platform that we were looking for. It provides a space for informal and formal dialogue and connection across teams, and a touch of humour. Because Workplace is accessible on any device, it also solves for our people on the frontline which is incredibly important to us.”

As is the case in most industries, the past 18 months has been tough on our people so, officially starting our Workplace journey on RUOK Day felt right to us. It helps us to emphasise what the platform is for – supporting our people and encouraging connection,” she says. 

For more information about RUOK Day and resources, take a look at the official website here

Keen to follow in St Barbara’s footsteps? Find out more about how Workplace could support your organisation here.



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