Productivity and Mental Health in the Workplace

Increased awareness about mental health in Malawi has escalated the level of concern shown by citizens and organizations. Resultantly, there has been an increase in the availability of psychosocial services provided by specialists in the country. These services are offered to individuals, outside the workplace. It is still in question as to how much psychosocial assistance organisations have to offer their employees.

For decades, organisations have looked at an increase in productivity as cutting costs and increasing output. Labour productivity = Units produced/number of employees at work; this is an example of a formula used by organizations to increase labour productivity. Resultantly, the psychosocial aspect of the employee is often overlooked.

Increase in workload or working hours may escalate stress and pressure on the human mind. This could result in employee burnout or make it difficult for them to attain a work-home balance.

A human’s psychosocial aspect is equally of importance when it comes to increasing productivity in an organisation. According to Lee L Jampolsky, a psychologist, “health does not only refer to the state of the body, but also the state of the mind, which affects the body”. Consequently, the mind affects the body, which in turn affects an employee’s level of productivity.

It is important for organisations to not only look at cutting costs as increasing productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Investing in psychosocial support for employees has the potential to fuel an organisation’s levels of productivity through increased employee efficiency.

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Space4Youth: Investing in Youth Leadership

Malawi has over 220 youth organisations that are affiliated to the National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM). Among these are Youth-Led Organizations (YLOs) who face unique barriers with regards to technical capacity and funding opportunities.

Despite this, YLOs are some of the most innovative, passionate, energetic and impactful entities in both Social justice movements and alternative livelihoods programming around the country and they are overcoming the aforementioned barriers.

Research indicates that youth-led organisations face a variety of issues when fundraising, which range from lack of sufficient staff or volunteer capacity, limited knowledge about the donor landscape and working in contexts or on topics where funding is limited.

To change this narrative, Youth Wave, a youth led NGO, produced a report “What Youth Want” where key recommendations were given to partners on empowering youth-led organisations to land more equitable partnerships and ultimately, greater results for partners in achieving the change they wish to see in the world

Change starts with you(th) and this why Youth Wave in collaboration with Trōcaire Malawi intends brought youth and development partners together under Space4Youth with an aim of building interest in partnerships between the donor community and youth led organisations by capitalizing on their skills, expertise and collective power of youth.

The event brought different stakeholders together including government, development partners, the private sector and youth-led organisations from across the country.

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