RTW Post-Pandemic: Psychological Considerations


John Lacroix


Discussions about post-Covid return-to-work have mostly focused on the public health and legal/regulatory drivers (what is safe, can vaccination be made mandatory, etc.), however, psychological factors will also have an impact. We discuss the potential influence of several of these and mitigating strategies including, residual psychological sequelae, implications from employees’ altered lifestyles, employees’ changed expectations from their employers, “beliefs” about what is / is not safe and the politicization of the response to the pandemic.

Core Competency #2 PA/GBS – Public Administration/General Business Skills:

Organizational Management

Course Level


Learning Objectives

Objective 1: Identify how psychological / behavioral health issues (clinical) developed during the pandemic will impact post-pandemic
Objective 2: Identify broader psychological factors related to employees’ response to the pandemic that will also impact RTW (e.g., beliefs, fears, politicization, changed expectations)
Objective 3 Apply mitigating strategies in the RTW process to address


Employee Benefits / Human Resources