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 Features

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The Nation’s Mental Health During Lockdown

A surprising one in four Britons report a positive improvement in mental health during lockdown. Why is this - and what is the situation with the rest of Great Britain?

Latest Health News

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Firms applaud UK pandemic recovery plan

A multi-billion pound, rescue-and-recovery plan for the UK economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic was laid out in parliament on Wednesday by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

Wellness at work

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COVID-19 highlights working carers’ struggles at work

Shielding and self-isolation have brought the harsh reality of balancing work with caring responsibilities to light for employers of 3.7 million working carers, says a new study from the CIPD and University of Sheffield.

Mental Health

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Wellbeing has plummeted during the Coronavirus lockdown

Workers around the globe are struggling with the lack of social interaction, according to a new survey by recruitment experts, Hays. What can employers do to help with the mental wellbeing of their employees?
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Aon surveys show growing employer support before and during COVID-19 lockdowns

Kindness in the workplace: a new survey shows employer support before and during lockdown. How are companies responding to the crisis to help their employees?
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Businesses extend employee benefits to dependants during Covid-19

Businesses are making a concerted effort to ensure that both employees and their dependants are supported during the Covid-19 crisis, particularly apt with Mental Health Awareness Week which focuses on the theme of kindness this year.

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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Aon surveys show growing employer support before and during COVID-19 lockdowns

Kindness in the workplace: a new survey shows employer support before and during lockdown. How are companies responding to the crisis to help their employees?
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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.

Security Management

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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