Prof. Solomon Rataemane

Prof. Solomon Rataemane
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)
Presentation Title
Managing Workplace Stress – Conflict Management strategies
Content Focus Area
Organisational Level
Employee Engagement
Biographical information related to the topic
Prof Solomon Tshimong Rataemane is the head of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Limpopo (MEDUNSA CAMPUS in Pretoria). He has special interest in child psychiatry, mood disorders and addiction medicine. He has served as deputy chairperson and chairperson of the Central Drug Authority of South Africa from 1995 to 2005. He was involved with UCLA Substance Abuse Program in collaborative research to improve Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for counsellors at SANCA Clinics in South Africa. He is a Board member of ICAA (International Council on Alcohol and Addictions) and serves on the Health Committee of the Health Professions of South Africa assisting in physicians’ health management. He has previously acted as the Interim Executive Dean of the Health Sciences Faculty of the University of Limpopo. He was appointed Deputy Chair of the Medical Research Council of South Africa for the triennium 2007 – 2010, and also serves fourth term as member of the Colleges of Psychiatry within the CMSA (Colleges of Medicine of South
Conflicts are a day to day reality. They can be intra-personal, in which an individual has difficulty making a decision based on many possible but conflicting scenarios. They can also be interpersonal, in which escalation of conflict is based on having to consider the other party in making decisions. The often publicized conflicts are political ones, due to tension based on dissatisfaction among citizens of a country; or due to tension between two countries with different positions regarding key political issues such as nuclear power development or isolation of other countries. The least publicized conflict is the one causing STRESS IN THE WORKPLACE. This can be due to dissatisfaction with the job situation; fear of addressing concerns with employers because of possible victimization leading to losing a job. This presentation explores use of conflict management and conflict resolution strategies to REDUCE WORKPLACE TENSION with reference to parameters including ASSERTIVENESS and COOPERATIVENESS. The various factors such as power relationships and the process of making decisions will be used to demonstrate how intra-personal conflict in the workplace can be reduced.
Session Description
This is a simple presentation identifying workplace stresses and offering conflict management / resolution model to reduce tension among employees and also between employees and the employer.
Learning Objective 1
Causes of stress in the workplace
Learning Objective 2
How stress presents in the workplace
Learning Objective 3
How to manage stress in the workplace
Audience Level