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Topical Collection "Workplace Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19"

Editors

Prof. Dr. Atte Oksanen
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Collection Editor
Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Kalevantie 5, 33014 Tampere, Finland
Interests: social sciences; social psychology; criminology; occupational wellbeing; social media; social robots
Dr. Iina Savolainen
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Collection Editor
Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, 33014 Tampere, Finland
Interests: social psychology; digital communication; group behaviors; addictive behaviors

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global crisis caused by the outbreak of a novel coronavirus and the associated coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed the working conditions for many. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread social distancing policies, remote working has increased, and many organizations have started to use new digital applications. These changes have led to potential increases in workplace stress and anxiety.

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unforeseen situation for many companies and workers. Prolonged remote work and having to learn and apply new ways of working and communicating challenged the old methods of working and forced workers around the world to take a digital leap. Socially isolated and digitally mediated work may have brought new and unseen challenges to companies and workers, which are now beginning to emerge. These may have long-lasting implications for worker wellbeing, satisfaction, and productivity. In some workplaces, remote work and safety measures due to the pandemic may not have been possible. Workers in these fields may have experienced increased stress and anxiety when at the workplace, impacting their work engagement and control.

This Topical Collection “Workplace Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19” seeks to publish papers (research, reviews) that report associations and findings on how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced workers in different fields and occupations. Workers’ coping and wellbeing at work are of particular interest. We are interested in themes related to digital communication and social media use at work, remote work, work–family conflict, burnout, work engagement, alcohol and drug problems at work, fear, and stress and anxiety at work.

Prof. Dr. Atte Oksanen
Dr. Iina Savolainen
Collection Editors

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • coping and wellbeing
  • Fear and anxiety at work
  • remote work
  • technology and digital communication at work
  • stress, work exhaustion and burnout
  • work engagement
  • alcohol and drug use at work

Published Papers (2 papers)

2021

Article
The Influence of Media Exposure on Anxiety and Working Memory during Lockdown Period in Italy
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9279; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179279 - 02 Sep 2021
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Abstract
The rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic has caused anxiety around the world. During lockdown, the media became a point of reference for people seeking information. However, little is known on the relationships between anxiety resulting from persistent media exposure to coronavirus-related programs [...] Read more.
The rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic has caused anxiety around the world. During lockdown, the media became a point of reference for people seeking information. However, little is known on the relationships between anxiety resulting from persistent media exposure to coronavirus-related programs and the effects produced on working memory. In this work, a total of 101 Italian citizens (53.7% female) aged between 18 and 45 years old, who were from 14 provinces in Italy, participated in an online survey. Participants were presented with media exposure and anxiety questionnaires and they were instructed to carry out working memory tasks (visual and auditory n-back). The results showed that media exposure is related to anxiety. It was also found that high levels of anxiety have a negative influence on the performance of both visual and auditory working memory tasks in terms of increased reaction times of responses and decreased accuracy. The results were critically discussed in the light of the Social Compensation Hypothesis. Full article
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Loneliness and Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Moderating Roles of Personal, Social and Organizational Resources on Perceived Stress and Exhaustion among Finnish University Employees
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 7146; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18137146 - 03 Jul 2021
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Abstract
The aim of this study is to investigate whether personal, social and organizational level resources can buffer against the negative effects of perceived loneliness on stress and exhaustion. The data was collected from Finnish university employees (n = 1463) in autumn 2020 [...] Read more.
The aim of this study is to investigate whether personal, social and organizational level resources can buffer against the negative effects of perceived loneliness on stress and exhaustion. The data was collected from Finnish university employees (n = 1463) in autumn 2020 via an electronic survey. Of the respondents, about 78% were working remotely, and 64% were female. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were used to analyze the main and moderating (i.e., buffering) effects. The results indicated that perceived loneliness was directly and positively associated with stress and exhaustion. Further, as hypothesized, personal resilience moderated the relationship between loneliness and stress and exhaustion, and organizational support moderated the relationship between loneliness and stress. Unexpectedly, organizational support did not moderate the loneliness–exhaustion relationship. Moreover, a sense of social belonging was not associated with stress and exhaustion, nor did it moderate loneliness and well-being relationships. The results demonstrate the importance of personal resilience and organizational support in enhancing well-being in organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Future research directions and practical ways to promote resilience and to increase organizational support are discussed. Full article
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