Rice University Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Management and Psychology Jing Zhou He is among the study’s most cited academics organizational behavior. Zhou believes that the widespread trauma of living and working through years of crisis on a global scale cannot be ruled out as a lasting factor in the disengagement we are witnessing today.
After that, I think some people will almost go into hiding for a while,” Zhou said. “Psychologically, they just don’t want to engage in any doubt or challenge anymore.”
If the workers themselves have not been disabled by long-term illness in recent years, they likely know someone who has been or has been caring for someone suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19. By the summer of 2024, nearly 1 in 3 working-age American adults reported they were dealing with long-term COVID-19 symptoms lasting three months or longer, according to Weekly polls conducted by the Census Bureau.
and working parents Receive emails from employers Those who wanted to return them to actual offices in 2024 would have appreciated 10,000 fewer childcare options nationwide, according to the nonprofit advocacy group Child Care Aware of America. And those services, some of which were provided by small businesses to run out of people’s homes, had to close for their own safety as the pandemic spread. Many never reopened: 100,000 Child care workers They fled for jobs with better working conditionsincluding higher wages.
Even those who could find childcare and whose loved ones had avoided the worst outcomes of COVID-19 were showing up every day to workplaces where absenteeism was extraordinarily high due to the spread of the disease — and where those who arrived were often required to pick up the slack.
In 2024, 3.6% of the workforce She mentioned that she missed workhigher than 2.8% in 2019The last full working year prior to the arrival of COVID-19. This number represents time off due to illness, medical issues, injury, child care issues, or other family or personal obligations. It does not reflect personal days, vacation or work not done due to labor disputes.