Books

Separated By Work

Fly-in fly-out work practices (including drive-in drive-out, bus in bus out, ship in ship out, defence- and any occupation where one family member is away from the home for extended periods of time) occur across a number of professions, but are predominantly associated with the resources industry. This book is for families where one family member spends a fixed number of days working away, followed by a fixed number of days at home.

On-site the worker is separated from everything familiar and has hours filled with loneliness, doubt and exhaustion. The partner at home is handling everything on their own and they are exhausted and counting the sleeps until their loved one comes home.

There are unique challenges that this lifestyle and work choice has – that will often leave families, overwhelmed, broken and left feeling unsupported – wondering why they are doing this at all and where they can turn for help.

Separated By Work

While there are plenty of orientation books for the workers, online websites and groups for the FIFO workers and their partners – there isn’t a user-friendly, all inclusive book and resource for ALL who are involved in FIFO – from young to older, those away and those at home, single to married with children – a guide that prepares the whole family and keeps them going during the rotations, changes and upheavals.

Separated by Work fills this gap and more. Included are hands-on exercises and practical tips and exercises. Interspersed through the narrative are interviews and quotes from other experts in the field and short case studies from FIFO workers and families.