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OW SERIES: Day 27 – Anticipatory anxiety

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Do you know what anticipatory anxiety is? In psychology it is the pervasive fear of an event to come. At the moment, many employees are apprehensive about coming out of isolation and returning to work because of the risks of contamination. Avoidance behaviours will appear such as refusal to shake hands, refusal to take the elevator together, self-isolation in open spaces etc. These are all essential subjects to raise awareness of amongst managers, HR and union representatives so that any instances can be identified early, erased through guided support and future instances actively protected against.

The success of post-lockdown doesn’t rely on goodwill but on prepared and coordinated actions.

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By Adrien Chignard

Adrien Chignard, Occupational Psychologist, Sens & Coherence

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