Computer Room, Ministry of Health

Before I start, I must say that if this is not organisational capacity building, then I don’t know what is!

Non-frontline civil servants, including workers at the Ministry of Health Headquarters, were given an extended Christmas and New Year holiday. 3 weeks from 16 December. So the iHRIS Team used the first week of this extended holiday to tidy the Computer Room.

This is where all manners of goings on used to occur… from group lunches, a newspaper library, personal locker for those without an office… to its official use: Monthly payroll runs, which at times, mean well over 10 HR Officers in the same room cross-referencing pages and pages of payroll printouts. It also doubled up as the cleaning cupboard. Storing brooms, rags and cleaning products!

The illogical layout of the room also meant that there were wires and cables lying over the floor. With the big payroll printers in the center of the room, surrounded by desks (dumping grounds) and dead computers. In the interest of health and safety, and professional standards, the collective “we” can and must do better!

Although it was essentially manual labour and cleaning with some IT Tech Support, it was 3 full days well spent. Enjoy the photos. We do, every time we see the before and after.

PS. Together with the MoH’s IT Manager, we’re in the process of creating procedures and ground-rules to keep the room this tidy, indeed, even better: Official opening hours, restricted access etc.

Before: Zero carpet, health and safety nightmare

Before: Zero carpet, health and safety nightmare

After: Lots of clean carpet and tidy workstations

After: Lots of clean carpet and tidy workstations

Before: Wall of dead computers and boxes of paper

Before: Wall of dead computers and boxes of paper

After: Still some junk but there's a now a hotdesk for visitors

After: Still some junk but there’s a now a hotdesk for visitors

Server Room - still to be worked on

Server Room – still to be worked on

iHRIS Support - The placard we put up at pilot sites and on our office door

iHRIS Support – The placard we put up at pilot sites and on our office door

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6 thoughts on “Computer Room, Ministry of Health

  1. Love the iHRIS Support placard!

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