SWHAP has found that management are motivated and engaged when HIV and wellness is presented as a business case and the cost benefit analysis of programmes is demonstrated. For this reason, SWHAP supports workshops where CEOs and management representatives get together to network, share ideas and strategies on how to get the best out of programmes. Union participation at these meetings is an important aspect, as partnerships between management and trade unions is one of the fundamental success factors of workplace programmes.
Between June and August, network training meetings were held in the DRC, Zimbabwe and Zambia allowing 113 senior managers to update their wellness management knowledge.
During the meeting in the DRC, the Ambassador of Sweden to the DRC, H.E. Håkansson confirmed Sweden’s commitment to, the HIV response in the country and the promotion of gender equality and employee wellness in the workplace. The event was held in collaboration with UNAIDS and covered on three national news stations.
The SWHAP Southern Africa Regional Coordinator, Edith Maziofa-Tapfuma addressing participants at the workshop in Lusaka
In Zambia, the workshops were held in Kitwe and Lusaka on 16 and 29 June respectively. The meetings were attended by CEOs and senior management personnel from; Atlas Copco and their supply chain companies, ABB, Scania, SKF, Sandvik, Bayport, Orica, the National Union of Building, Engineering and General Workers Union, the district HIV and AIDS Task Force, the National AIDS Council and the Swedish Embassy.
From left: Lovemore Nyastine, Econet; Douglas Mboweni, Econet; Mrs Mboweni; Edith Maziofa-Tapfuma, SWHAP and David Mutambara, ZBCW
Managers at the meeting in Zimbabwe discussed the ways in which employee wellness programmes could be a vehicle for driving business growth and fostering sustainability. The key address was delivered by Douglas Mboweni the CEO of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest provider of telecommunications services. He encouraged an integrated approach to employee wellness looking at all the different dimensions of wellness. Mr Mboweni noted the importance of aligning wellness programmes with the vision of the business in the initial stages of programme design as well as a clear demonstration of commitment from senior management. The meeting in Zimbabwe was held in partnership with the Zimbabwe Business Council on Wellness and also included their private sector members. From SWHAP, management representatives from Sandvik, Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Ericom Communications, Scania and their mentee partners attended.
Business sustainability is dependent upon the ability to build business resilience that enables the business to effectively navigate through contextual challenges. Good leadership and effective people are key elements fundamental to building such business resilience. Douglas Mboweni, CEO, Econet