Presenteeism, when workers are at work — in person or remotely — but mentally absent and unproductive due to illness or stress, has increased during the pandemic.

“Employees who show up and attempt to work despite their poor mental health cost SA almost seven times as much in lost productivity as those who are absent due to depression. It has an economic cost and a cost to mental health that leads to burnout," says Renata Schoeman, head of the MBA in healthcare leadership programme at Stellenbosch Business School...

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