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Stress over Covid-19 sees increase in requests for sick leave

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A London School of Economics study recently found that 80% of SA employees did not disclose their reasons for taking sick leave while 49% continued to work despite experiencing depression.

The destabilisation of South Africa’s workforce by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted a mental health crisis in work environments across the country. This according to experts who have urged that October, which is mental health awareness month should be used to destigmatise mental illnesses in the workplace and end the ill-treatment of mental illness sufferers. High volumes of requests for sick leave and cases of incapacitation as a result of mental illness have been seen in various industries, according to Dr Christoffel Grobler, extraordinary professor at the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria. A...

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