MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – JULY 2016
“Extreme stress can drastically alter a person’s behaviour, health and performance.”
- South Africa’s suicide rate has been listed as 23 out of 107 countries.
- 22 people commit suicide every day in South Africa – 200 attempt it.
Stress seriously impacts on a person’s psychological resources and coping skills – in the following ways:
- They are unable to manage their emotions
- Are unable to deal with pressure
- Are more likely to act out destructively
- Problem solving and decision making skills deteriorate
- Prolonged stress impacts on the immune system and the person is more likely to get ill.
“As much as R3 billion a year is being lost to workplace stress, absenteeism, lower productivity, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses in South Africa according to a report by The People Element.
Much of South Africa is experiencing stress in some form according to human resources expert Vicky Eriksson of The People Element.
“Unhappy employees are often angry. In 2004 the World Health Organisation called workplace violence in South Africa “alarming’ with half of all healthcare workers in government hospitals reporting verbal abuse, and 42,5 percent witnessing or being attacked at work (compared to 19,5 percent in private hospitals),” says Eriksson.
The World Health Organization puts the South African suicide rate at 23 out of 107 countries measured. Meanwhile the South African Depression and Anxiety Group recently reported that 22 people commit suicide everyday whilst 200 people attempt suicide on a daily basis.
The People Element has found stress and general unhappiness at work levels in South Africa are the highest they’ve in 15 years.
“Stress not only has a detrimental effect on working relationships and happiness at home, but also directly impacts your bottom line”, concludes Karin Wellman of The People Element.”
In our WORK RELATED STRESS training we help employees identify the source of their stress, to realise which things they can influence or control and what they cannot. This enables them to channel their energy into their work instead of spending it on resenting things they cannot change. We also look at various personalities in the workplace so that we can see value in every person and the strengths they bring to the table. This exercise helps participants to realise why certain individuals irritate them and enables them to look at this person in a new light.
At Ed-Unique we tackle some of the critical person issues that affect employees in the workplace. We like to think that people leave their problems at home – but they don’t and it is not always possible to do so. So like it or not, you as the business owner or HR manager will be dealing with your employees personal problems. Give us a call today and discuss how we could add value to training your staff. 082 411 5002