For many expat employees, working abroad on a placement is a massive change that, though incredibly exciting, will inevitably pose challenges. Our research* on the effects of working abroad on expat employees actually found that one in five (20%) have experienced a mental health issue during an international work placement.
That’s why we believe aligning the needs of assignees with mental health support is so important. Within the ever-changing environment of globally mobile business – and especially with the impact of COVID-19 – we know that family circumstances, length of placement and workplace seniority can all affect the challenges facing assignees.
So, what support should be readily available? The truth is that there are several ways an employer can help their assignees to take care of their mental wellbeing.