Psychological impact of COVID-19 in the workplace
The presence of Coronavirus is affecting the working environment, causing a psychological issue with people in the workplace, reports reveal.
According to recent reports Covid-19 has caused a significant stress to a lot of people leading them to depression, substance abuse and an increase in suicidal thoughts.
The ranging widespread of Covid-19 has contributed to employees having Post Traumatic Disorder, resulting in fear of the future, not being able to be in control, change in behavior in the workplace.
“These conditions could certainly be exacerbated by the lockdown,” says South African Depression Anxiety Group Board Chairperson, Psychiatrist and Psychologist, Dr Frans Korb.
Zintle Msutwana, who works for a manufacturing company that produces detergents and disinfectants said that “As an essential worker, working during this pandemic has been a challenge. Lot of work is presented. With clients moving around, being around a crowd creates fear”.
She added that even going home and finding out a family member is or a neighbour has died or been infected by the coronavirus creates fear and uncertainties about the future.
Researchers say female employees are “indicated to be the ones who are at higher risk of suffering from PTSD” due to extreme concerns of their children and their families, as they are caregivers at home.
“South Africa, unlike the rest of the world does not have a culture of talking about mental illness in the Corporal Industry because it is a stigmatized topic,” says Christoffel Grobler, a SADAG Psychiatric.
Grobler suggests that employers should create a safe space for employees, have discussions about Covid-19 in assistance of normalizing fears and creating awareness. Communication facts and counseling services should be created. All of this can assist in reducing the psychological impacts of Coronavirus.