Readying for new normal

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD)held a colloquium titled ‘COVID-19 Workplace Ready – The New Normal’ as the bank’s commitment to be well-prepared and respond to any situations related to the outbreak.

The event was is the first of its kind held in Brunei and organised by Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) through the BDRC Academy and is supported by the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA).

BIBD Head of Government Relations and Special Projects Division Haji Mohammad Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah said, “The health, safety and well-being of our staff, our customers and the public is always our highest priority. Last year, we were the first financial institution in Brunei to be officially certified as COVID-19 Workplace Ready, and this colloquium today builds upon our commitment to ensure that our staff is always equipped with the knowledge and skills to respond to any COVID-19 related incidents”.

The colloquium covered a range of topics such as understanding COVID-19 safety protocols, creating awareness and adapting to mindset changes in living with the virus, providing information on the National COVID-19 Recovery Framework as well as developing behavioural changes to ensure the safety of all employees and the readiness of workplaces in the COVID-19 environment. Participants were also briefed on how to address mental health issues in the workplace, particularly those involving COVID-19 anxiety.

Some 40 BIBD staff were appointed as COVID-19 marshals, representing various divisions throughout the bank to ensure that all COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) are in place during endemicity and to provide support for the organisation’s readiness in dealing with the threat of COVID-19.

The colloquium is a reflection of the long-standing support and collaboration between BIBD and BDRCS, as one of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) supporting the Ministry of Health.

Throughout the pandemic, BIBD staff have also volunteered with the BDRCS in various initiatives such as the distribution of COVID-19 hygiene packs for underprivileged citizens and basic food necessities for underprivileged families and vulnerable segments.

Earlier this year, BIBD was conferred the ‘Friends of BDRCS’ Award in recognition of the bank’s strong support and collaboration during the first wave of the pandemic and beyond.

Head of Government Relations and Special Projects Division at Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Haji Mohd Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah with representatives from Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society. PHOTO: BIBD