Promoting well-being in the workplace is in the best interest of all organizations because supported employees are more productive and perform better. Nurturing positive mental health could also help to prevent physical illness, as mental problems can weave themselves through all aspects of an individual's life. Furthermore, employees mental health issues can generate a knock-on effect on the motivation and productivity of the wider workforce. As mental health problems are on the rise, especially among expat employees, the work environment needs a proactive approach to health and wellness.
To support their global workforce, employers should offer well-rounded support to Foreign Assignees and International Hires. Integrating into a new culture, the isolation caused by a language barrier, as well as the strain of leaving behind or uprooting an entire family can prove extremely challenging for expat employees and lead to loneliness and homesickness. As revealed by the Expat Insider 2018 Business Edition and confirmed by theExpat Insider 2019 Business Edition, the lack of a personal support network and socializing opportunities represent two key reasons contributing to the unhappiness of global employees. Providing social and networking opportunities could help expat employees to settle in abroad.
Their relocating spouses should also be supported, as they are particularly prone to loneliness. Their successful or failed integration in the new home country can make or break a foreign assignment or international placement. Thinking outside the box and adopting creative solutions can be beneficial for employers wanting to foster healthy workplaces. Innovative types of support such as peer-to-peer solutions can help empower expat employees to connect and support one another in a sustainable and cost-efficient way.
Investing in global employees' well-being is important to create a happier, healthier, and more productive workplace, to prevent failed foreign assignments and international placements, and to improve the organization's brand reputation.
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