Johannesburg - Work-related stress and major depression, burnout and anxiety disorders are costing SA’s economy an estimated R40.6 billion a year - equivalent to 2.2 percent of gross domestic product.
This is according to Dr Renata Schoeman, board member of the Psychiatry Management Group (PsychMG), who was commenting ahead of World Mental Health Day on Monday.
Schoeman urges companies to realise the significance their company structure, expectations of employees and management style have, not only on the company’s annual turn-over and overall productivity, but in the risk of employees developing health problems that could prevent them temporarily or permanently reentering the workforce.
“Companies should play a leading role in alleviating and eradicating possible stressors at work. They should foster a healthy educational environment with pro-active mental health awareness programmes, stress management training, access to services which nurture help-seeking behaviour, implement a coaching or counselling programme, identify people in need of care and offer them resources to ensure they receive proper treatment.”
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