Managing for Health in Global HR

February 2023

The challenges faced by global HR management in today's world are constantly evolving. Organisations now not only have to manage global teams but also adapt to globally mobile employees located worldwide. It can be challenging, to provide the same level of support when managing for health in a global workforce. 


Successful wellbeing initiatives can have a significant impact on your employee’s health and the organisation's performance. In order for organisations to successfully reach their goals and retain talent, managing for health in global HR is crucial. The following effective strategies can work to improve your employee’s health and wellbeing.

Understanding the challenges faced in global HR will help you implement work practices that support your global workforce. Organisations operating in different parts of the world must navigate and understand the unique cultural norms, values, and expectations of their employees in each location. This can be challenging, as cultural differences can impact how employees perceive and respond to HR policies. These differences must be clearly understood for each country in order to successfully manage for health in global HR.
Allowing employees to have flexible working arrangements has several proven benefits for both employees and organisations. Giving an employee flexibility regarding where and when they work, has positive effects on their mental and physical health. It can be as simple as having the flexibility to finish or start work early to have this effect. Enabling employees to work in ways that are most effective for them. This simple approach should be a part of every organisation's strategy when managing for health.

Studies show when managers were trained to be supportive and understanding of employees' personal responsibilities. It not only reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease but improved the employees sleep quality. It also had a positive effect on organisations too, with higher job satisfaction levels and stronger work performance. 


Employees have responsibilities outside their work environment. Supporting them in their personal lives can really go a long way. It is another simple change global HR teams can make by encouraging their managers to support employees’ personal needs. 

Retaining valuable employees should be a key focus for businesses. On average when 1 employee leaves it costs the business 6 to 9 months’ salary. In order to retain your workforce, empower them to participate in improving and addressing workplace issues. Having the opportunity to identify and address issues will build inclusion and foster wellness in the workplace. 

As an employer, you have a responsibility to promote wellness in the workplace. Covering both mental and physical health.  In 2023 Employee well-being is central to establishing effective engagement in your organisation. In a post-pandemic world over 60% of the global workforce is reporting at least one mental health challenge. The demand is there for organisations to set up their employee well-being initiatives 


Consider taking action to provide mental health training sessions and implementing team-building activities to help your teams connect. Offering flexible working hours is another way to give your team enough time to disconnect from work and have a good work-life balance.  

Another effective way to boost employee retention is by offering health benefits.  Popular options for global organisations include group health insurance, and health reimbursement options. 

By promoting the health and well-being of their employees, organisations can improve their performance and achieve greater success. 


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