MYW S03 Episode 02 – COVID, Work, and Universal Human Needs

In this episode, we discuss how the COVID pandemic has affected the way we do our jobs and relate to each other at work. As I-O psychologists, we frame the issue from a human-centered perspective and use a popular (and well-supported) theory of motivation to unpack the challenges (and opportunities). 



1:58: Framing the problem

3:30: Universal human needs and motivation

10:10: New challenges that may threaten our needs

19:45: New opportunities that may help fulfill our needs

30:56: How we’ve been coping


Mentioned This Episode:

Living COVID HR Comms & Resources Guide

Office 2.0 and Virtual Work Episode

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Self-determination Theory – Email us your ideas or suggestions here!

MindYourWorkIO – Send us a tweet! – Find us here!



Thanks to Hannah Soicher for helping with background research for this episode!

Our intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0). You can find more of Lee’s music at Our transition music for this episode is “Places Unseen” also by Lee; licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0).


Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

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