The need for social support from the work community becomes emphasized in remote
The unique situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced workers’ mental well-being. Mental well-being at work is important for it improves work satisfaction, performance, and productivity. Social support from and feelings of belonging to a work community are key resources supporting employees’ well-being at work. The Covid-19 pandemic and prolonged remote work have challenged both; the amount of support received from and the sense of belonging to a work community. It seems that technology-mediated communication among workers has not been sufficient enough to maintain or create a psychologically meaningful connection to the work community. Importantly, recent research has found that higher organizational support and social support from one’s work community are associated with higher well-being among workers. It is crucial that organizations and employers place emphasis on creating a caring and supportive work atmosphere for their remote workers. This is not an easy task and involves adopting new ways of communicating. Providing an increased amount of tangible (e.g., technical) and psychological (e.g., encourage autonomy) support could be a starting point for ensuring workers’ mental well-being during uncertain times.