Workplace Anxiety Amid COVID-19

Minnesota has been opened for several months after a spring shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even with the state open, COVID continues to command our attention and is a concern for many.  While some have been happy to return to work, others have fear and anxiety.

Workplace anxiety amid COVID can affect all workers whether they are returning after being furloughed or working from home.  It even impacts employees who have been working throughout the pandemic.  Anxiety can be triggered by many things.  The fear of being exposed to the virus weighs on everyone’s mind, especially those who may work in close quarters or interact with customers.  Many employees are questioning the future of their position and company if there is another shutdown.  Companies have had to adjust workspaces, schedules, and processes to meet safety guidelines that directly impact employees.  In some cases, employees have taken on extra work due to an increase in demand, and others have had to transition to a digital work environment.

Also, concerns outside of the workplace can cause distractions.  Thoughts about family health and the challenge of online school can add extra stress.

What can anxiety feel like?  While everyone experiences different symptoms, some signs include feelings of being irritated, overwhelmed, nervous, stressed, or depressed.  Lack of motivation, low energy, difficulty sleeping, and trouble focusing can be signs too.

Do the above symptoms sound all too familiar?  We have gathered tips to help you cope with workplace anxiety amid COVID.

  • Know your company’s COVID procedures.  Make sure you understand the processes implemented to meet safety guidelines and follow them.  Do not be afraid to ask questions or approach your supervisor with concerns.
  • Communicate with your coworkers.  Share your concerns about how the pandemic has changed the workplace and impacted you, and vice versa.  Respectfully approach coworkers who are not following COVID guidelines citing safety concerns for them and you.
  • Take care of yourself.  Maintain a daily routine that includes a consistent sleep schedule, eating healthy meals, and exercising regularly.  Do things you enjoy during non-work hours like favorite hobbies, playing games with the family, or going for a walk.
  • Step away from COVID.  Take breaks from news stories, including social media, about the virus.  Living the pandemic 24/7 will take a toll mentally.
  • Communicate with others.  While we need to respect social distancing, we can still communicate with the ones we love.  Pick up the phone, write a letter or meet virtually to discuss the impact COVID has had on you or discuss anything but the virus.
  • Ask for help.  It’s okay to ask for assistance to overcome anxiety if needed.  Take advantage of resources available to you at work, reach out to family and friends, or talk to your doctor.

Are you ready to return to work?  At Twin City Staffing, we not only help you find a position you will feel safe at but matches your career goals.  Many openings are now available.  Call us at 763-220-7052 or stop in any of our office locations across the Twin Cities, Monticello, or St. Cloud to get started.