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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Latest Health News

Latest Health Features

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What to do if your team member is struggling with their mental health?

While many employers acknowledge that mental health is a key employee concern, few have a specific well-being strategy in place. What can employers do if they think a member of the team may be struggling with their mental health?

Medical and Health Alerts

10 things to know about healthcare in Dubai

10 things to know about medical treatment in Dubai

Healthcare is one of the most important considerations for relocating employees and with Dubai regularly ranking as one of the most popular destinations for expats these tips for medical treatment are essential.
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Warnings over new traveller health risks to Japan and India

The latest World Health Report from Healix International, an international medical and security expert, notes rubella and Zika outbreaks could impact business travellers and globally mobile employees.
Supporting expat health: is it high touch versus high tech?

Supporting expat health: is it high touch versus high tech?

Among the wealth of digital technology supporting relocation and international assignments is a growing range of innovative products to promote the health and wellbeing of assignees and their families.

Views and Trends

Mental Health Awareness Week

Three-quarters of UK adults 'reached stress breaking point'

A UK-wide survey into stress launched to mark Mental Health Awareness Week reports 74% of adults felt so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope at some point this past year.
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Is there a gender divide in assignment motivations?

Research from AXA - Global Healthcare suggests there are key differences in how men and women talk about international moves and their outcomes.
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Business travel 2.0: What role for global mobility?

Business travel compliance has been high on the agenda. Yet a panel led by Fragomen's Robert Horsley at the WERC London Summit suggests more scope for mobility expertise, writes Ruth Holmes.

Security Management

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Health and security risks in expat destinations: Switzerland

Switzerland has much to draw international assignees and business from around the world. We take a look at some health and security risks associated with assignment within the country.

Wellness at work

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New research shows extent of workplace ‘parenthood penalty’

Working parents feel overwhelmed by the demands of the modern workplace, reporting negative impacts on their health, family life and promotion prospects, according to The 2019 Modern Families Index.

Family Health

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72% of globally mobile people unhappy with work-life balance

New research from health insurer Cigna shines highlights the impact of global mobility on family life and personal wellbeing, and how employers can further develop their support.
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Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) doubles from today

The fee to access the UK National Health Service (NHS) paid by international students and visa applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) increases from 8 January 2019.
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Warnings over new traveller health risks to Japan and India

The latest World Health Report from Healix International, an international medical and security expert, notes rubella and Zika outbreaks could impact business travellers and globally mobile employees.
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