At Tahoe Resources Inc.’s Guatemalan subsidiary, Minera San Rafael (MSR), employees participate in extracurricular activities in order to stay energized and connected to their co-workers. Soccer helps unite MSR employees and strengthen morale and loyalty to the company.
MSR’s Community Relations Manager, Camilo Medina, organized MSR’s inaugural soccer tournament to provide employees with a healthy, after work activity and to build employee relations. “Our employees are MSR’s best advocates. We want them to feel proud to work for MSR and retain high workplace satisfaction. External work activities like soccer tournaments are one way to create a sense of community at the mine and strengthen the overall environment,” said Camilo.
For the flagship tournament, 14 departmental teams competed in the six-month soccer tournament. All departments and even contractors were represented in the tournament with teams from surface operations, drilling, underground mining, maintenance, safety, environment and geology, among other departments. “At the beginning of every match, each player introduced himself and explained his job responsibilities. This was a great step forward in building meaningful inter-departmental relationships,” said Camilo. The soccer tournament also brought the community together as crowds attended the matches to join the competitive fun. On an average night, the bleachers at the community soccer field were filled with over 200 employees, family members and friends.
The tournament had a positive effect throughout MSR and in the local community; MSR will continue the tournament annually.