LISTEN: How money woes affect workplace productivity

Specialist health and wellness company, Workforce Healthcare have found, through surveys and the work it does on employee wellness, that there is an increasing trend in employees struggling to cope with financial stress.

This leads to various physical as well as mental health problems in the workplace, says general manager of Workforce Healthcare, Nevania Naidoo.

Workforce Healthcare looks after 34 000 employees nationally by offering a range of employee wellness programmes, including emotional, psychological and financial support.

Often you have employees who have an increased risk of stroke, as well as digestive problems, due to increased stress. Also, high levels of depression and suicide as they do not see any way out...

Nevania Naidoo, General manager of employee wellness at Workforce Healthcare

There is also lower productivity due to lack of concentration as people constantly think about their financial problems.

Nevania Naidoo, General manager of employee wellness at Workforce Healthcare

You also get errors, for example when people make payments and put extra zeros.

Nevania Naidoo, General manager of employee wellness at Workforce Healthcare

Naidoo says these financial problems cause a lot of absenteeism in the workplace as people are constantly looking for other avenues to earn extra money.

Sometimes they surf the internet looking for other things missing from their current job - an employee is in the workplace but not functioning at all, she explains

Finally there is higher absenteeism on pay day because people don't want to come to the office avoiding the loan sharks.

Nevania Naidoo, General manager of employee wellness at Workforce Healthcare

And Black Friday can be a temptation to get into more debt.

Managing director at ROi Africa, Tonya Khoury says South Africa has been coming tops on Google search for Black Friday.

ROi Africa is a media monitoring company which tracks mentions of brands and incidents like Black Friday.

She says Black Friday has become very big in South Africa compared to other countries in the world.

It is more astonishing that Black Friday has more searches in South Africa than anywhere else in the world.

Tonya Khoury, Managing director at ROi Africa

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