Rest assured you are not alone. Studies of expats conducted more than a decade ago showed many globally mobile employees were struggling to find a good balance between their work and home life. On average expats spent 13.5 hours more working while overseas than they would in their home country. The reasons for this included:
- Challenges of the new role
- Incentives for successful project completion
- Lack of organisational support for work-life balance
If anything, work life imbalance has become an issue for employees regardless of whether they are on assignment or not. Over the pandemic as office based employees transitioned to remote working, many from home, blurring the line between work and home life. A US study by SHRM found 70% of professionals were working on the weekend and almost half worked more hours during the week than before the crisis.