August 23, 2020 | Lee Easton Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year, job security seems to be a thing of the past for many individuals. Unemployment rates in the United States hit an all time high, with millions of people finding themselves without work and unable to provide for themselves and their families. But as things slowly start to return to a new type of “normal”, job security is still a concern for many, particularly those who already found themselves in precarious work situations to begin with. There are many ways in which the job insecurity concerns caused by Coronavirus has affected the average American worker, causing numerous issues that may be harder to overcome than we initially thought at the start of the outbreak. How Job Insecurity Has Affected Workers Health Conditions Threaten Essential Roles For the millions of Americans who suffer from health conditions, particularly those that affect their breathing such as asthma, returning to work is either very dangerous or not at all possible. This is especially true for those who fill an essential role, where their exposure is far more likely than someone who works in an office environment or can work remotely. Employers Are Pickier On top of the concerns for many individuals about returning to work in an essential role, the hit that COVID-19 has had on the economy adds another level of concern surrounding job insecurity. When the labor market is in a tight spot, employers can’t really afford to be picky with who they hire. But when the economy is suffering or there’s a recession, they can afford to be more selective. This puts many people in a precarious situation when it comes to hiring, as employers can be overly selective about who they take on to fill a role, making finding a job exponentially harder for the average person. They’re Left Without Health Care Coverage The combination of being in the midst of a pandemic that could expose you to a dangerous virus and losing your health care coverage is a deadly one. Losing your job and having to go without adequate healthcare is a very precarious position to be in. Not to mention, many of those who work in essential roles (such as the disabled, those with underlying health conditions, or older adults) are more susceptible to the virus or complications caused by contracting it, making returning to work or going without health care even riskier. For employers who have employees that are concerned about losing their health coverage, giving them some sense of security surrounding their job can help to alleviate the stress associated with the idea of having to go without insurance. Disrupted Routines and Work Norms Work is an essential part of most people’s existence, and for many people, a lack of routine or a change in their work norms can be very disruptive. Learning to cope without the daily routine of going to work, changes in their routines whilst at work, or trying to adjust to working remotely from home are all challenges that have a much bigger effect than we might have initially realized, particularly on workers’ mental health. This is particularly true for employees who have some form of disability. For example, the required wearing of face masks may make it difficult or impossible for employees who are hearing impaired and rely on reading lips to interact with others. Because of scenarios such as this, it’s more important now than ever for employers to try to work with their employees to create a work environment and routine that they can thrive in. Job Security Concerns For Those With Disabilities For working professionals with disabilities, the job loss associated with the outbreak of COVID-19 has hit particularly hard. 12.1% of working people who have a disability have lost their jobs, as compared to 9.5% of those who do not have a disability. Prior to the pandemic, unemployment and concerns over job security were already a huge problem for disabled people, and that problem has only been exasperated by Coronavirus. Although the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits employment discrimination based on having a disability, that (unfortuantely) doesn’t stop it from happening. This has become a particularly big issue when you consider the combination of different factors that come with returning to work or trying to find employment in a post-pandemic environment. Finding employment can already be difficult, and there were many who thought that they had landed the perfect job and had job security until Coronavirus hit and changed their situation entirely. While the Coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for employees in general, there have been particularly hard struggles for many individuals that weren’t an immediate concern at the beginning of the pandemic outbreak. Job insecurity and job loss is a very stressful situation for anyone to be in, which is why it’s important for employers to try to understand the individual situations of their employees. By understanding the concerns and challenges that face workers during a pandemic, employers can make it much safer and simpler for everyone to thrive in their work environments. 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