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Mega-threats as Workplace Disruptors: How Can Organizations Respond to the Effects of Mega-threats on Employees?

Part of our series on Workforce Disrupted

In my research, I explore instances that make it difficult to answer the mundane greeting, “How are you doing today.” This work, which I have conducted in collaboration with Shimul Melwani, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School associate professor of organizational behavior and associate dean of the undergraduate business program, examines the effects on worker psychological well-being and productivity of highly publicized negative identity-related societal events, such as the 2020 murder of George Floyd, mass shootings like the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting that targeted LGBTQ+ individuals, and the 2021 Atlanta area Spa shootings that targeted individuals of Asian descent. We find that these events, which we call mega-threats, have lasting effects on employee thoughts, emotions and behavior, making the question, “How are you doing today?” weightier and more difficult to answer.

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