What are the PROs and CONs?
Pros of DIDO
Cons of DIDO
- On the upside of it, all your living costs are basically taken care of whilst on site, as you would be provided with accommodation and meals
- Because as a general rule, you will spend as much time at home as at work, this gives you the opportunity to pursue other interests
- Generally if you are working DIDO you will be given an additional allowance, as compensation for having to spend time away from home, and you can
- On the downside, DIDO can put stress on family relationships, as being away from your family can be difficult for everybody involved
- Because there are generally long shifts involved, working long hours, for extended periods, it can be very tiring, and there is the risk that you will "burn yourself out"
- The areas where mines are located, are generally not very glamorous, and you can be exposed to extreme temperatures, and harsh terrain
- DIDO workers can feel socially isolated, and after a year or two may decide that the money isn't worth the sacrifices they have to make in their personal lives
The bottom line is that employers have a very important role to play when dealing with the dynamics of DIDO. It is vital that employers take into account the impact that DIDO has on the families involved, that they look at what sort of hours and rosters will be implemented, how it's going to impact on the family unit, and that they are able to try to introduce some sort of balance into their employee's lives.