New research reveals the impact that taking on an international assignment has upon mental health
A major new piece of research* by AXA Global Healthcare has shed light on the impact that working on an international business assignment has upon mental health. Of the 500 international workers who were surveyed in seven different countries, just one-in-ten (10%) said that working abroad has had a negative impact on their mental health.
A particularly interesting finding was that more experienced expats were increasingly likely to feel that international working had a positive impact on their mental health. Almost half (48%) of those who have done either two or three placements said that international working has had a positive impact on their mental health, which rose to 52% for those who had completed either four or five assignments and increased again to 61% for those who have completed more than six placements.
Andy Edwards, Global Head of International Healthcare, AXA Global Healthcare, commented: “Working abroad is rewarding, but can be extremely challenging too, especially at the start of an assignment. Being distanced from your regular support network, in a location that you might not know well, and trying to perform the best you can in a new role can easily impact your mental wellbeing. That said, it’s heartening to see that so many international assignees have, on the whole, found working abroad to be a positive experience. Now though, with the continuing restrictions required by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that employers make sure these international workers have ready access to appropriate mental health services, so that they can maintain positive mental wellbeing and get help whenever they need it.”