Global Health and Wellness

As companies look further afield to promote growth and operational capability, each day's media headlines – whether on air pollution in China or the latest disease epidemic or superbug – present employers based in affected areas and those managing international assignments with fresh health and wellness challenges. Read more

No organisation today can afford to neglect its duty of care. To reduce health risks to individuals, and business and reputational risks to their employers, planning, preparation and up-to-date information are vital. Health and safety awareness should be included in international assignment preparation and intercultural training. Ensuring that international assignees, particularly those based in remote locations, are always connected is also key. This has been made easier by the advance of travel-tracking technology solutions, apps, and social media.

With contributions from experts, this section provides HR, global mobility professionals and relocating employees with the news, articles, and advice they need to keep up with the latest developments in health and wellness and stay abreast of medical and health alerts and advice, international private medical insurance (IPMI), wellness at work, family health and security management, and health-related technology. It also features insights from the latest global mobility surveys.

For detailed coverage of other specific global mobility topics, See also our International Assignments, Business Travel, Human Resources, Talent Management, Technology, Mobility Industry, Culture & Language, For Expatriates, and Partner & Family Support sections. For details of organisations in the global mobility industry that provide international assignment, relocation and health-related services, see our Directory. Stay informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications.

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Mental Health

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Employers: working women are stressed and looking for wellness support

A recent Cigna survey reveals that working women feel more stressed than men and want gender-specific wellness programmes. How can employers make health more than just a box-ticking exercise?
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The Mental Health at Work Commitment

UK businesses and organisations, mental health charities and NGOs urge employers of all sizes to join the movement and improve standards of mental health care among the workforce at a national scale.
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Managers, how comfortable are you with discussing your employees’ mental health?

How can managers initiate conversations about mental health with employees and create a positive culture around mental wellbeing in the workplace?

Medical and Health Alerts

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New survey reveals home truths about expat cost of living

A fifth of globally mobile employees says unexpectedly high cost of living in their host country would make them return home, according to a new report by AXA – Global Healthcare.
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Coronavirus threat bugs UK economic recovery

The service, construction and manufacturing sectors in the UK economy have all made unexpectedly healthy starts to 2020, but growth is now being threatened by the threat of the coronavirus to global trade.
As coronavirus spreads around the world, we consider the implications for globally mobile employees and how their employers can support them.

Coronavirus and your employees – protecting them in an uncertain world

As coronavirus spreads around the world, we consider the implications for globally mobile employees and how their employers can support them.

Views and Trends

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Grim times for Europe's manufacturers

Manufacturers across Europe suffered a disastrous March on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, with economists warning there could be worse to come.
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The Relocate Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource centre

The Relocate Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource centre - with articles designed to help employers and employees amidst this worldwide crisis and with links to trusted resources.
Self-isolation and working from home: tips for a better workforce

Self-isolation and Coronavirus: How to manage a remote workforce

Governments around the world are recommending or mandating home working to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, and to protect the most vulnerable in societies. How can organisations best make home working "work" during a time of self-isolation?

Family Health

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How to help globally mobile employees cope with COVID-19

Managing self-isolation in a host location and maintaining physical and mental wellbeing alongside work and family commitments can present specific challenges for international assignees.

School closures: how parents can keep calm and carry on with work

Government measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 will see all state schools in the UK close to most students from Friday. What are the options for working parents?
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Coronavirus and education: what is the global impact on students, families and communities?

UNESCO says the number of students missing school globally due to COVID-19 is “unparalleled”, impacting almost 290 million worldwide.
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