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

David Sapsted News in Brief - 2 August 2018

Weekly roundup

Today we cover the Brexit effect on the EMA and UK SMEs, a shocking 40% UK gender pay gap, and Thailand's place in the rankings of UK travel health insurance claims.

Medical and Health Alerts

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.
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.

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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More than a number: people data missing from annual reports

A CIPD study into human capital reporting in FTSE100 companies calls for greater strategic focus and transparency to address risk, ahead of new EU legislation for large firms being introduced later this year.

Family Health

Time to Talk Day

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.
Health and wellbeing

Wellbeing worries highest among globally mobile population

Health and personal safety concerns are a more significant issue for globally mobile employees than the general employee population, according to a major new survey by Cigna Global Health Services.
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