Covid 19 and Mental Health in the Workplace – How to futureproof your business by managing increased stress and anxiety in the workplace

Date/Time

Date(s) - 16/03/2021 - 17/03/2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location

online Webinar

About the event

Decreased productivity can be the result of mental illness in the workplace, while increased absenteeism, poor work
quality, wasted materials and sometimes neglected workplace safety can also have a less positive impact on
productivity. Financial loss for organisations are significant to employers and the general economy. At the same time
many mental health issues go unnoticed in the workplace. If you don’t address mental health at work your business
will suffer the consequences.
The global Covid19 pandemic which resulted in a national lockdown in South Africa has had a huge impact on the
general workforce with devastating effects on business. Some employees had to work from home, some were forced
to stay at home and not work, whereas others have continued to work as normal. As the lockdown was slowly being
lifted, many employees have returned to workplaces. Although a position of normal circumstances was acceptable, it
is cant be denied that COVID-19 and the lockdown have taken a toll on employees’ mental health.
According to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, “the impact of the pandemic on people’s
mental health is already extremely concerning”. People’s mental health conditions are compounded by “social
isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members” and the “distress caused by loss of income and often
employment.”
The University of Johannesburg recently conducted a very focused research study and it was found that the most
common emotions experienced during the lockdown amongst the participants were stress (57%), boredom (45%),
fear (43%), frustration/irritability (34%) and depression (32%).
The Director of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group also conducted a online survey on mental health
during the lockdown and found that 55% of the participants reported anxiety and panic, 46% reported financial
stress and pressure and 40% reported depression.
As a result of the survey, it is worth mentioning that employers should be aware of their responsibilities when faced
with employees who suffer from mental illness. These case examples provide direction for employers when it comes
to measures that should be considered when dealing with employees whose mental health may have been
significantly impacted by COVID-19 and the lockdown.
Even more important is to understand the severe and devasting impact mental illness amongst employees can have
on the future of your business and its operations.
This workshop covers all the essential areas of managing mental health in the workplace during and after the
Covid19 Pandemic. It will guide you to be more effective in your role managing employee’s mental health to the
benefit or ultimately the survival of the organisation during these very challenging economic times.

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