What has changed in the workplace since COVID-19?


Since the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world so rapidly, changes that had drastic effects on our workplaces were enacted swiftly, in response to both government recommendations and new rules.

We saw ourselves working remotely, on the front lines, or in many cases, not working at all, as new information and more changes to our daily lives and its relationship to working occurred.

Understandably, sudden and disruptive changes can create atmospheres of uncertainty and discomfort and lead to situations where distressing thoughts and feelings may have created unwelcome life interferences in the forms of stress, anxiety, and worries.

COVID-19 workplace changes experienced include:

  • Workplace comradery that is now a no-touch policy
  • Social distancing
  • Working from home
  • New protocols
  • Masks
  • Hand washing
  • Disinfecting
  • New Government rules and fines
  • Lineups for routine daily activities

Hearing this described as “the new normal” may not make it easier, so let’s instead consider it as just our “new right now” as we proceed though this module.