International assignees have unique problems in managing self-isolation in a host area and preserving physical and mental well-being while juggling job and family obligations.
Trying to strike a balance between family obligations and personal well-being
When assignees have aging parents, loneliness and being unable to return home may be very difficult, while having family in the nation adds a layer of responsibility.
As a result, Sarah Dennis emphasizes the need of maintaining open channels of communication.“Little and often is the order of the day, just touching base to see how people are will be hugely valued at this time.”
Because the situation is always changing, international employees must be kept informed about regional and in-country rules, appropriate workplace policy, and the resources accessible to them.
According to Towergate, the ambiguity and unexpected nature of the scenario may be exceedingly difficult for mental wellness, and stress and worry will be one of the most pressing issues for many.
Providing mental health support
“Overseas employees don’t have the same level of familiarity with their surroundings as those who work in the UK,” explains Sarah Dennis. “It’s critical to support their mental health in order to enable anyone working overseas get through this period.”
Employee assistance programs that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and employee networks may be a huge aid to those dealing with such a difficult time. Employers can also keep track of the situation by following the latest recommendations and directions from credible sources such as the World Health Organization.