One year has nearly lapsed since the South African Government imposed a National Lockdown at midnight the 26 March 2020, for an initial period of approximately three weeks. Since then there have been further labour protocols implemented for those employees returning to work. Employers had to implement various regulations to safe guard the employees’ health and safety in the workplace.

 

Thousands of employees have experienced work related issues during this period. Namely, family challenges, relationship issues, job loses, financial constraints and psychosocial issues amongst many other factors.

 

Employees may have experience fatigue, stress, anxiety and/or depression which are common issues that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Employers have a responsibility to create conditions in the workplace that are conducive to good psychological health, but unfortunately this is not always a responsibility that they are willing to assume.

 

Employers should take cognizant of the role that a healthy work / life balance can play in promoting a good personal and business environment.

 

 

Bernard Reisner

Cape Labour and Industrial Consultant