A supervisor perspective on mental illness in the South African workspace

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title A supervisor perspective on mental illness in the South African workspace
Creator De Jesus, Kelly O'Neil, Sumari
Subject human resource management depression; anxiety; bipolar disorder; mental illness; stigma; leader member exchange; perceived organisational support.
Description Orientation: Supervisors have a direct impact on the work experience and outcomes of subordinates living with mental illness; these employees often struggle with consistent employment.Research purpose: The supervisory role in addressing mental health in the workplace has been explored in terms of the managerial dimension, but not in terms of the supervisor’s perceptions and understanding of mental health issues. This study set out to explore and describe supervisors’ perceptions of mental illness in the workplace with specific reference to depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety in the South African workplace.Motivation for the study: If supervisors are not aware of the effect of their behaviour and perceptions, reasonable workplace accommodations cannot be successfully made.Research approach/design and method: Data were collected by means of in-depth, semi-structured, face-to-face interviews with 26 junior, middle and senior managers and analysed by means of thematic analysis.Main findings: Organisations in South Africa may not be ready to deal with mental illness in the workplace with supervisors who agree that they are not equipped to deal with mental health issues and their views on mental illness related to common misconceptions and stigmas surrounding it.Practical/managerial implications: Knowledge about mental health conditions within the workplace can assist managers in more effectively recognising, comprehending and implementing people management strategies related to these conditions.Contribution/value-add: Owing to the misconceptions of managers, mental wellness in the workplace may not be effectively managed. Better awareness would benefit both managers and HR professionals.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor none
Date 2024-02-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative inquiry; semi-structured interviews; thematic analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v22i0.2237
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 22 (2024); 12 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
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https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/2237/3653 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/2237/3654 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/2237/3655 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/2237/3656
Coverage South Africa — Working adults; managers
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Kelly De Jesus, Sumari O’Neil https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0