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Two webinars were recently organised for Atlas employees to address the topic of the moment – the COVID-19 pandemic. With 90% of the Atlas Group’s employees working from home, these webinars provided an interactive platform to address the medical and psychological aspects of the current pandemic, especially with the changed dynamic of working from home.
“Atlas holds regular training sessions for all its employees every Wednesday. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, such sessions were held at our offices. However, like many other organisations, we had to adapt and in the last few weeks we have been holding these sessions via webinars. They are proving to be very successful and highly interactive,” said Jackie Attard Montalto, Chief Human Resources Officer at Atlas Insurance.
The first session consisted of an information sharing session with Prof. Julian Mamo, Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Malta. During the session he explained what COVID-19 is, how can one detect its symptoms and what one has to do, as well as what preventive measures can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
Prof. Mamo’s practical advice was well received by the employees, and the Q&A session helped allay many fears and misconceptions related to COVID-19. During the session, a good number of employees took the opportunity to ask questions.
The second webinar session was also an information sharing session with clinical psychologist and executive coach Dr Paul Micallef who addressed the need to adjust to the “New Normal”. During the session, which was very well attended, he guided employees on how to take care of themselves and their loved ones during such challenging times. He spoke about the importance of sticking to one’s usual routine and try to maintain a structured routine for children.
During the Q&A session, Dr. Micallef helped Atlas employees by answering their questions, in particular on aspects relating to wellbeing, especially when working from home.
Meanwhile, the Atlas team continues to receive regular management communications and updates on how to stay safe and healthy, as well as on how to adapt to new ways of working. Atlas employees have been given the necessary resources, tools and training to be able to work from home effectively.
Prof. Julian Mamo (left) and Dr Paul Micallef