The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) recently held its first team building exercise at the Mandel Training Centre in Harare.
The team building exercise was attended by members of the Secretariat from both the Harare and Bulawayo offices. The exercise was aimed at assisting members of the Secretariat to be able to work together as a team in order to attain the same goals and objectives to fulfil the Commission’s mandate.
Officially opening the team building session, the ZHRC Chairperson, Commissioner Elasto Hilarious Mugwadi said that members of the Secretariat were drawn from various sectors and therefore had diverse backgrounds hence the need to have the team building exercise.
“This mixture has worked to the Commission’s advantage as people draw from their previous experiences to carry forward the Commission’s work,” Commissioner Elasto Hilarious Mugwadi said.
He added that, “working as a team incorporates group accountability rather than individual accountability and results in collective work product.”
At the end of the team building session, members of the Secretariat were grateful to the Commission for according them the opportunity to undertake the team building exercise. Members also got to know and understand each other better as well as how their different roles complement each other for the effective discharge of the Commission’s mandate.
The team building exercise also assisted members of the Secretariat to relieve a lot of the stress and pressure that was building up in them as a result of a difficult working environment in terms of critical staff shortages, late payment of salaries, inadequate resources and unfavourable conditions of service. This was achieved through speaking out their minds and mapping out the best way forward as well as proposing solutions to the challenges besetting the Commission.
The Executive Secretary, Ms Jester H. Charewa closed the team building exercise by thanking the staff for their commitment in continuing to work hard and with enthusiasm in spite of the challenges they faced. She encouraged them to continue with that spirit and build on from the lessons learnt from the team building exercise in order to build a credible institution that does justice to the nation.