Ask for clarification to reduce uncertainty
While some sources of uncertainty may require one-on-one conversations with your supervisor, others may be relevant to many team members. Sometimes raising concerns on behalf of a group is easier than asking your supervisor about your specific situation. Be aware that your supervisor may also be dealing with uncertainty and ask how this affects the situation.
Set up or join an ECR network to share information or explore solutions. ECRs everywhere are dealing with the challenges of doing research during a pandemic. Setting up a meeting for ECRs in your group/institute or joining a campus-wide circle can give you the opportunity to exchange ideas and strategies about shared problems. Creating or joining an ECR/peer group can allow you to highlight common problems and brainstorm solutions before approaching your supervisor. This also lets your supervisor know when concerns or challenges affect many team members and makes it easier for those who are less comfortable broaching issues with a supervisor to have their voices heard.
During our virtual brainstorming event, we prepared a companion fact sheet with resources for ECRs who want to organize peer networks.
Dragonfly Mental Health, a researcher collective working on improving academic mental health, also has a video on organizing peer mental health networks.