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The science of staying sane when work drives you mad

Mental health is still a somewhat taboo topic, especially at the office.

Poor mental health of employees hurts not only the individual, but also the company’s bottom line.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Elna van Wyk (National Head: Underwriting and Disability Management at Momentum Corporate and Public Sector) for his weekly "The Science Of" feature.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

10% of South Africans suffers from depression.

Elna van Wyk

About 25% of workers in South Africa will suffer some sort of anxiety issue at some point in their career.

Elna van Wyk

Anxiety levels are often tied to the health of the economy.

Elna van Wyk

We see young professionals struggling with an exceptional pressure to perform.

Elna van Wyk

Employees with mental health issues take 8 times more sick leave than healthy workers.

Elna van Wyk

You must have a relationship with your employees. Often the problem is that line managers simply don’t listen to their staff.

Elna van Wyk

Open offices can result in depression amongst introverts.

Elna van Wyk

Employers are becoming more aware of the importance of the mental health of their workforce.

Elna van Wyk

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