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Navigating the new workplace

Understanding disruptions to the workplace

Understanding disruptions to the workplace

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has led to historic numbers of unemployed and furloughed workers in the U.S.

And as many states, including North Carolina, begin to reopen and employees head back to work, it’s clear that the workplace environment won’t be the same as it once was.

Alexandrea RavenelleOpens in new window, an assistant professor in the College of Arts & Sciences’ sociology department, recently received grant funding to research gig and precarious employment in New York City, a former hotspot for the coronavirus in the U.S.

Ravenelle interviewed more than 175 gig and precarious workers for her research.

“This is work that is often insecure, provides limited economic and social benefits and has few labor laws or regulatory protections,” Ravenelle said, adding that many workers she interviewed recounted having nightmares about working during the pandemic, and many reported feelings of anxiety and nervousness.

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