As a training facilitator with Keogh Bay Training, Sharyn works with leaders across Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore business to help improve communication as part of the Leading Aboriginal People programme.
The programme encourages leaders to use various communication and engagement methods to build strong and respectful relationships with our Indigenous workforce and Traditional Owner groups. More than 620 employees have been trained since the programme began in 2012.
“The programme looks at the variety of languages spoken by Aboriginal people and how language differences can affect understanding and team relationships,” said Chris Salisbury, chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore product group.
“It teaches the use of plain English to cut through communication barriers, and it shows how to ask about language to build connections and relationships.”