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Ready for Business?

Ready for Business?

Ready for Business?

As South Africa moves to level 3 lockdown on 1st June, we have to ask ourselves as leaders: are we ready for business? Are we ready to deal with the workforce not just in terms of social distancing, testing and hygiene? Are we ready to deal with the anxiety, fear, and depression that our employees are suffering from?

“Everything about us – our brains, our minds, and our bodies – is geared toward collaboration in social systems. This is our most powerful survival strategy, the key to our success as a species, and it is precisely this that breaks down in most forms of mental suffering” Bessel van der Kolk. M.D.

Below are 10 symptoms of depression, but many of these also apply to anxiety and fear as well.

10 common symptoms of depression:

1. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
2. Loss of interest in daily activities. You don’t care anymore about former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
3. Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
4. Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
5. Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
6. Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
7. Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
8. Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
9. Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
10. Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

Humans are social animals, and mental problems involve not being able to get along with other people, not fitting in, not belonging and in general not be able to get on the same wavelength with others. This has severe consequences in the workplace where we are required to cooperate, to collaborate, to behave in a certain way and to be productive.

Call us now to find out how Goldfish Consulting can be supportive in this “new world of work”.

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