Day two at the Humanitarian HR Conference 2012
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Day two of HHR Africa began with a recap of day one, asking participants to share the learning they intend to take home. Learning included "understanding that staff care is not optional, but essential", that "staff wellbeing does not have to be expensive", "stress can be contagious within an organisation, so we do need to deal with it quickly" and finally to "investigate when staff have issues, and not just send them to counselling at the first opportunity".
We started the Resource Bank with a quick tour of some key health, safety and security resources in the sector. Some useful sites include:
Our first case study of the day was from World Vision International on their Wellness Program. A key message from Linda Daffue, was “it is not just abut having a fantastic program; you and your managers have to promote and communicate the program and its benefits, otherwise it adds no value and staff will continue to leave”. Lincoln Ndogoni from WVI says that much more focus is on national staff now - almost 90% are national staff.
The rest of the day had the participants working in three smaller groups in interactive workshops.
Wednesday 13 June 2012
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