DOI: https://doi.org/10.36315/2021inpact061May 13, 2021Proceedings Paper

4 STEPS FOR FIGHTING COVID-RELATED ANXIETY: AN APPLICATION OF VIRTUAL REALITY IN A SMALL COMPANY

Alessandra FalcoAnnamaria Di Sipio

Abstract

"The need to effectively fight against work-related stress and anxiety, especially due to the COVID-19 outbreak, is crucial. Employees have been faced with two options: adapting to the online environment or risking contagion in public locations ? both stressful conditions. Therefore, recovery actions were requested by organizations. To understand recovery processes, refer to the Effort-Recovery Model and the Theory of Conservation of Resources. According to the literature, one should not be excessively exposed to work demands, but, conversely, acquire new resources, including personal ones, to recover those that have been lost. Recovery processes can be initiated through what we call recovery experiences. In recent years, literature and practice have been enriched with contributions about the use of virtual reality (VR) as a tool for combating anxiety disorders, reducing stress, and developing soft skills. VR proposes a technology that allows people to be immersed in a virtual environment and to interact with different stimuli: it can be used in combination with psychology techniques to improve health and well-being. A four-step protocol, based on VR, was proposed to a small private company to improve health and performance by ...Continue Reading

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