Special Issue "Long COVID-19, Work and Health"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 599

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Department of History, Society and Human Studies, University of Salento, Via di Valesio Angolo Viale San Nicola, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: work and organizational psychology
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Dear Colleagues,

The health emergency period defined new boundaries and promoted substantial changes in everyday life. It also led employees and companies to rethink and redesign work and its meaning, subsequently affecting people's quality of life and the professional one. All these structural aspects induced employees to cope with a new normality by facing new challenges. Whereas, in the past, diversity in HRM was considered as a separate part of HRM, the current scenario redefines it as a crucial resource to increase the empowerment and know-how of the company. Today, human capital diversity is gaining acceptance as a regular evolution of mankind, a "new normal" in a post-human capital framework. Diversity management in the global current economy can deeply impact the workplace, affecting productivity and well-being. The current organizational environments are rapidly becoming multifaceted and, therefore, much more challenging to manage, as they are shaped by new ways of working, increased use of ICT, involvement of different categories of workers (disability, cross-cultural, age), and new emerging professions resulting from the change in the labor market. Such transformations require new proactive behaviors to cope with the demanding requirements that occur in the workplace. According to this approach, coping strategies, job and life crafting, organizational programmers, and learning actions can lead to positive outcomes and improved well-being at work for all types of workers.

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Dr. Emanuela Ingusci
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  • diversity management
  • workplace healthy
  • long COVID-19
  • job crafting
  • age
  • gender
  • disability
  • well-being

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The Role of Personal Resources in Buffering College Student Technostress during the Pandemic: A Study Using an Italian Sample
Soc. Sci. 2023, 12(9), 484; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci12090484 - 30 Aug 2023
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Given the upheavals that characterize the world of higher education and the recent literature on the subject, the examination of what can improve student well-being has become critical. The JD-R model, originally developed to explain the implementation of motivational processes and the simultaneous [...] Read more.
Given the upheavals that characterize the world of higher education and the recent literature on the subject, the examination of what can improve student well-being has become critical. The JD-R model, originally developed to explain the implementation of motivational processes and the simultaneous unfolding of mechanisms that impact health, is used to contextualize the processes that occur in higher education systems. Objective. The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of personal resources such as optimism and self-efficacy in increasing academic engagement and as protective factors against technostress. Method. A SEM model was implemented using MPLUS 7 and Jamovi on a sample of 421 university Italian students. They completed an online self-report questionnaire during the height of COVID-19 (May–November 2021) while taking online courses and were predominantly female (64.4%) and full-time academic students (87.6%) with a mean age of 24.6 years. Direct and indirect effects were estimated, accounting for the mediating role of academic engagement. Results. The results indicate that both self-efficacy and optimism have direct and negative effects on technostress. Self-efficacy, in turn, significantly increases academic engagement, whereas optimism has no effect on it. Finally, academic engagement appears to reduce the impact of technostress on the lives of students involved in the study, confirming its mediating role in reducing technostress. Conclusions. This study provides numerous important clues and insights into improving academic performance and well-being, as the use of personal resources can have important implications for avoiding the negative consequences of technology. Full article
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