Published: June 2, 2020

Understanding how your work environment can change your pandemic attitude

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many Americans and people around the world to feel increased stress, uncertainty and anxiousness — which is affecting how they live and work.

To further understand the effects of this pandemic, Michigan State University psychologist Daisy Chang has launched a new study to find out how employer practices can shift essential workers’ attitudes during this crisis. 

Chang and her research team have been granted $71,000 from the National Science Foundation and will be surveying a wide range of workers, from essential employees on the front lines of hospitals and grocery stores to office employees working remotely. 

The goal of the study is to better understand the far-reaching psychological impact this pandemic has had on workers. “No one is immune to this situation,” said Chang. “All of us — no matter our occupation, age group or social class — are being impacted in some way.”

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