More time with family
Considering how many of the expats surveyed seem to be working longer hours than before they moved, you might expect to find that those who have travelled with family spend less time together. But in reality, that’s not the case. By far the majority (76%) of the international workers we surveyed had relocated with partners or spouses, children and even parents, with a third of them (32%) saying living abroad had allowed them to spend more time together.
The benefits available to family members seem to be something of an enduring trend. In our most recent piece of research**, 80% of respondents who went abroad with their families felt that it was a great opportunity, while three-quarters (76%) specifically cited the chance to learn a language as being of particular benefit.
A third (31%) of the expats surveyed mentioned having an easier commute to work since moving abroad, which is bound to have contributed to their improved work-life balance. This presumably allows for much greater flexibility, whether that’s being able to fit a long run in before work or helping out with childcare responsibilities if their family are present. Having that extra time in the mornings and evenings could even be vital to implementing some self-care, something which should be regularly encouraged by Global Mobility Managers.
We all need to maintain a healthy work-life balance. For assignees who might be feeling daunted by the idea of how moving abroad will affect theirs, Mobility Managers should consider highlighting some of the lifestyle benefits they’re likely to enjoy. Whether it be taking advantage of the different leisure opportunities on offer, spending more time with family or simply having a little more disposable income, it seems there’s plenty of scope for an expat’s work-life balance to be just as healthy – if not more so – than at home.
The information in this article is correct at the time of publishing.