Ensuring the health and safety of globally mobile employees
Recent disease epidemics, political crises and natural disasters have brought the wellbeing of expatriate employees, business travellers and international assignees to the top of corporate agendas.
Health making headlinesHealth and wellbeing issues, from air pollution in China to the latest disease epidemic or superbug – most recently the Zika virus in Latin America – are constantly in the headlines, presenting employers based in affected regions, as well as global mobility managers and relocation professionals, with fresh challenges.Protecting employees and international assignees by providing support to mitigate the health, wellness and security risks they face not only helps the company to meet its duty of care but also makes sound business sense by enhancing the employer brand and lessening the risk of assignment failure. As part of this support, it is vital that employees working overseas have the right international private medical insurance (iPMI) cover. They should also be encouraged to make use of the added extras which many insurers offer as part of their iPMI packages, such as medical and health apps and websites providing health tips and information and health-related services, such as stress management.
It’s important, too, to encourage employees to seek a good work-life balance and promote their own health and fitness by following a health diet, taking exercise, and keeping up to speed with the latest health news and health articles, plus relevant medical and health information.