Researcher Marcela Alves Andrade points out that the teaching activity is the one that suffered the most from the health crisis
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Memory loss, hair loss and tiredness more often. These are some symptoms or signs of illness related to the workload with the covid-19 pandemic. But what is the dimension of the consequences of the health crisis on the mental health of workers in the long term?
This Tuesday’s Good Living (13) brings an unprecedented study on the effects of the family-work relationship during the health crisis. After monitoring different professionals, researchers from the Federal University of São Carlos, in São Paulo, found that professors were the category most affected by changes in the work routine.
“Teachers were the most affected in the organization, because they had to change the way of carrying out the activity, which used to be in person, having direct contact with the person. Many teachers, through books, passed the activities on the board, held seminars, conversation circles and all that had to be transferred to the virtual format, often without having control over whether the student was participating or not”, points out Marcela Alves Andrade, author of the research and interviewee of the edition.
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The study in question analyzed the situation, especially in the initial phase of the pandemic, when there was a massive migration of activities to the so-called home office. Through an internationally tested questionnaire, the team interviewed almost two thousand people, and through the responses, an analysis was made of how the changes of the pandemic have harmed workers in professional and family relationships.
“We were all exposed to the pandemic directly or indirectly from work-related illness. Just like in the post-World War II period, we had a change in the workforce around the world. In the post-pandemic we are also having some mental conflicts that can impact the long-term work”, emphasizes Marcela.
One stage of the study was completed, claiming the greatest impact for teachers. But the study goes on. Now, for a few more months, other questionnaires will be applied to understand the long-term effects of the pandemic. The objective is to decipher how the resumption of face-to-face activities can leave the mental health of workers even more threatened.
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