They say prevention is better than cure. This is more so for COVID-19 given the unavailability of a vaccine or a cure for it. MUT has been hosting training and workshops for various stakeholder groups on COVID-19 to raise awareness on how the university community can protect themselves, their colleagues and families from the pandemic. The latest to offer such training is the Department of Human Resources and Development (HR&D).
The workshop was conducted virtually on Thursday, 9 July in line with the social distancing regulations. It was facilitated by seasoned human resource specialist, Peter Morris, who delivered an interactive multimedia session. Peter reminded participants that safety was of highest importance during this time of the pandemic and that it was important for staff to understand how they can keep themselves safe. The bulk of the session was dedicated to the six Cs; which are Commit (to protect yourself and other), Clean (your hands and surfaces), Avoid Contact (and crowds), Cut Out (touching your face and others), Cover (your sneezes and coughs) and Compassion (for others). Peter explained that there is a lot of information about COVID-19 that we hear on a daily basis that could make individuals feel helpless and want to give up, but it was important for everyone to continue to commit to the fight against COVID-19.
In attendance were representatives from Financial Aid Office; Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement; Library Services; Department of Marketing and Communications; Student Affairs; Quality Management Directorate; Academic Administration; Finance Department; and Technology Stations in Chemicals.
HR&D’s Bathabile Wella encouraged staff to be compassionate towards colleagues and to believe those who reported to them. “Let us have a relationship of trust and be understanding and assist,” she said. Both Peter and Wella reiterated the importance of caring, being accommodating and not stigmatising those that have been exposed to the virus upon their return to the workplace.