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Dear MISA member,
What does comorbidity mean and how does it affect you as a MISA member?
Much has been said about people with comorbidities and an increased risk associated with the coronavirus.
Simply put, comorbidity means that a person has one or more medical conditions (such as hypertension, obesity, chronic lung conditions, heart conditions, diabetes, etc.) at the same time. In the context of Covid-19, it puts people at a higher risk of developing complications if they are infected with the coronavirus.
Martlé Keyter, MISA CEO, Operations
In this issue, we look at how this affects you as MISA member who, regardless of being diagnosed with a comorbidity, is still willing to work.
The message the author was trying to bring across is that irrespective of how the new Covid-19 vaccines may protect us from the virus, we are not going back to the old “normal”.
To this end, we devote an article on emotional intelligence and how controlling and understanding your behaviour can help you cope better in the workplace.
We wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2021.
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A comorbidity should not exclude you from the workplace by default, writes Tiekie Mocke, MISA’s Manager: Legal Department.
Regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (the Regulations) place an onus on employers to provide for vulnerable employees and to accommodate them as far as possible.
What does this comorbidity mean and how does it affect you as a MISA member?
Comorbidity means that a person has one or more medical conditions (such as hypertension, obesity, chronic lung conditions, heart conditions, diabetes, etc.) at the same time. In the context of Covid-19, it puts people at a higher risk of developing complications if they are infected with the coronavirus.
The effect on your ability to work
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Emotional intelligence is about understanding how your emotions shape your thoughts and actions so that you can have greater control over your behaviour and develop the skills to manage yourself more effectively, write Thandeka Phiri and Gogontle Kgwathe.
The more you understand yourself, the better you will be able to handle the stresses that come with work, and the external factors that might influence how you experience the work environment.
Practice observing how you feel
It is easy to lose touch with our emotions. To reconnect, try setting a timer for various points during the day. When the timer goes off, take a few deep breaths and take note of how you’re feeling emotionally.
Pay attention to how you behave
While you’re practising your emotional awareness, take the time to notice your behaviour too. Observe how you act when you’re experiencing certain emotions, and how that affects your day-to-day life.
Question your own opinions
Take time to read the other side of the story and have your views challenged (even if you still feel they are right). This will help you understand other people and be more receptive to new ideas.
Take responsibility for your feelings
Your emotions and behaviour come from you and once you start accepting responsibility for how you feel and how you behave, it will have a positive impact on all areas of your life.
Take time to celebrate the positive
People who experience positive emotions are generally more resilient and more likely to have fulfilling relationships, which will help them move past adversity.
Don’t ignore the negative
Understanding why you feel negative is key to becoming a fully-rounded individual who is better able to deal with negative issues in the future.
Don’t forget to breathe
Life throws various situations our way, with most of us experiencing some sort of stress on a regular basis. To manage your emotions when this happens and to avoid outbursts, don’t forget to breathe.
A lifetime process
Understand and remember that emotional intelligence is something you develop and requires continual improvement: it’s very much a lifetime practice.
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After his initial announcement on 28 December 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa recently confirmed that the country will continue with an adjusted Level 3 of lockdown. In terms of the adjusted Level 3 Regulations, employers have the following obligations and responsibilities:
In addition to the required health and safety protocols and in order to mitigate the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the workplace, once employees return from the holiday period, an employer may also institute the following measures…
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We are always happy to share in the success of our members! Truter Vorster was named the 2020 Technical Trainer of the Year for the Wadeville branch by the MOTUS Technical Academy.
Truter has always shown a keen interest in cars – from as early as age four, he would peer under the hood of his father’s cars to admire the engine! He later took to dismantling some of his father’s tools (something that was not always well received)…
Truter joined MOTUS, the then Imperial Group, at its GM branch in Bloemfontein in 2006, where he completed his Apprenticeship. He has been part of the MOTUS Group and a MISA member ever since!
In October 2017, Truter moved into the field of technical training as a Senior Technical Trainer at MOTUS’ Training Academy in Wadeville.
Many of us sometimes feel forgetful, unfocused and not quite as sharp as we would like to be. This is a condition some refer to as brain fog and in this issue we look at ways to manage this situation, writes Meghan Rabbitt.
Take control of your stress reaction
It’s easy to get into a mindset in which everything is negative and it feels like there’s nothing you can do about stress.
Set a sleep routine
Sleep is a vital element to keep your brain healthy. While a night or two of poor sleep is still manageable, consistent sleep trouble can cause long-term harm. Set a sleep routine and keep with it.
What’s good for your heart is good for your brain. If your heart isn’t pumping blood properly, your brain won’t get the oxygen-rich blood it needs to support memory function and alertness. Plus, exercise improves your mood and reduces stress.
Stimulate your brain
Your brain actually hates the same old thinking and ways of doing things. That means the best way to give your grey matter a shot of excitement is to innovate. Even simple things can help. At work, try a different approach to a task you’ve done a thousand times. In your downtime, take a new route to the grocery store or listen to different music as you walk around your neighbourhood.
The annual MISA Women’s Forum Woman of the Year award is one of the MISA Women’s Forum’s most important development initiatives.
As a campaigner for the equal rights of women in the retail motor industry, the MISA Women’s Forum instituted this award in 2010 to pay homage to the role that women play in this important economic sector. But the award aims to do more than that: it is an important opportunity for the winner to grow and develop personally and professionally during her tenure as the MISA Woman of the Year.
We are not necessarily looking for the most senior, most successful woman in the retail motor industry, but we are looking for someone who has the potential to develop far beyond their current job title and role.
She is someone who is selfless and has a passion for serving people of all walks of life; someone who makes a difference in your life. That is the kind of person that the MISA Women’s Forum is looking to find and develop further through this annual award.
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The world is still reeling from the enormity of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our seemingly ‘normal’ operations and lives. For businesses, there have been significant disruptions in how strategic, operational and external risks are viewed and handled, many of which have been amplified by the influence of the pandemic. No matter which way you approach it, COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the parameters for business of what constitutes success in the future, and how risks will be measured and mitigated.
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