71% say coronavirus-related stress disrupted productivity – Chamber of Commerce

Miguela Xuereb

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71% of those who attended a webinar organised by The Malta Chamber of Commerce said that the outbreak of coronavirus in Malta had to a certain extent increased stress levels within their business, to the detriment of productivity.

The Malta Chamber organised the webinar to raise awareness on matters of Mental Health at the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic. Respondents took part in a poll which was carried out ahead of the webinar, ‘Question Time – Managing Stress at Work’.

In a statement, the Malta Chamber of Commerce said that 19% of those taking the poll went further and said that this disruption happened to a large extent, while only 10% claimed that the coronavirus pandemic did not affect their operation in terms of stress.

The Chamber’s President Perit David Xuereb said that during the coronavirus crisis it was evident that the disruption of all normality had a large impact on businesses and their employees.

“COVID has motivated us more than ever before to look for ways and means to mitigate and operate within the restrictions imposed, and do our best to sustain and save our companies while doing our utmost to keep our workforce, amidst this reality” Perit Xuereb said.

He also noted that due to the pandemic, businesses were forced to fight liquidity issues which were posing a strain on the business owners, while others had to let go of their long-standing employees, some of which had become like family to them.

“Mental wellbeing is known to increase productivity in the workplace. We cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy society, and this does not only refer to physical health but also to mental health. Let’s all take care of each other for the benefit of our society at large” Perit Xuereb remarked.

The webinar was also addressed by Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne, the Clinical Chair, Department of Psychiatry Dr Anton Grech, and CEO for Mental Health Services Dr Stephanie Xuereb.

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