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

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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

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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.
New diabetes research centre 'vote of confidence in UK science'

Diabetes research centre 'vote of confidence in UK science'

Novo Nordisk has announced that it is to invest £115 million in a new diabetes research centre at Oxford University in a boost for the UK's R&D standing.

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

Action steps for organisations

The Employee Value Proposition and global mobility: a tool in the war for talent?

The “war on talent” is mostly due to a shortage of skilled labour. How can the Employee Value Proposition help employers attract and retain talent, especially in the world of international assignments and global mobility?

Family Health

Busy pedestrian crossing

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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Time to Talk Day 2018: Two-thirds find no time to talk

A study marking Time to Talk Day show two-thirds of people have no one to talk to about personal problems, as the awareness day goes global for the first time.
Embarrassed to discuss mental health issues at work?

Employees embarrassed to admit mental health issues

Failing to help workers with mental health issues can be detrimental to a business. A recent study found more than half of workers in the UK are too embarrassed to admit mental health issue at work.
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