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Topical Collection "Workplace Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19"


Prof. Dr. Atte Oksanen
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Collection Editor
Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Kalevantie 5, 33014 Tampere, Finland
Interests: social sciences; social psychology; criminology; occupational wellbeing; social media; social robots
Dr. Iina Savolainen
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Collection Editor
Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, 33014 Tampere, Finland
Interests: social psychology; digital communication; group behaviors; addictive behaviors

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global crisis caused by the outbreak of a novel coronavirus and the associated coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed the working conditions for many. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread social distancing policies, remote working has increased, and many organizations have started to use new digital applications. These changes have led to potential increases in workplace stress and anxiety.

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unforeseen situation for many companies and workers. Prolonged remote work and having to learn and apply new ways of working and communicating challenged the old methods of working and forced workers around the world to take a digital leap. Socially isolated and digitally mediated work may have brought new and unseen challenges to companies and workers, which are now beginning to emerge. These may have long-lasting implications for worker wellbeing, satisfaction, and productivity. In some workplaces, remote work and safety measures due to the pandemic may not have been possible. Workers in these fields may have experienced increased stress and anxiety when at the workplace, impacting their work engagement and control.

This Topical Collection “Workplace Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19” seeks to publish papers (research, reviews) that report associations and findings on how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced workers in different fields and occupations. Workers’ coping and wellbeing at work are of particular interest. We are interested in themes related to digital communication and social media use at work, remote work, work–family conflict, burnout, work engagement, alcohol and drug problems at work, fear, and stress and anxiety at work.

Prof. Dr. Atte Oksanen
Dr. Iina Savolainen
Collection Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • COVID-19
  • coping and wellbeing
  • Fear and anxiety at work
  • remote work
  • technology and digital communication at work
  • stress, work exhaustion and burnout
  • work engagement
  • alcohol and drug use at work

Published Papers

This collection is now open for submission.
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