As the Covid-19 regulations start easing and a more relaxed post-Covid state emerges, an alarming trend is following in its wake. Employers all over the world are beginning to see the effects and impact of the pandemic on the mental and emotional well-being of their employees.
Depression is on the increase and this has a direct impact on the workplace, where HR practitioners now find themselves having to work with affected employees.
Many employers are unsure of how best to deal with this new situation. The balance between concern for the mental health of their employers and the need to maintain business production and deliverables is difficult to maintain, so how should employers address this?
The Labour Relations Act provides the following guidance -
Assisting an employee dealing with mental health issues as a result of the Covid pandemic, presents many challenges for employers that the simple steps above do not necessarily address. It is an area where mistakes can easily be made and where well-meant actions could cause the exact opposite effect than what was intended.
Add to this the concern in keeping unaffected employees motivated and productive while their colleague(s) may not be able to work at full capacity. This could easily lead to demotivation and even resentment among fellow employees who now need to exert themselves because of a missing team member.
Providing leadership and support to employees suffering with mental health issues is not easy for employers but can be managed with the right guidance and support. If you would like further information or guidance with this, please make contact with us.
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