If you are a global human resource manager, a percentage of your employees are likely to work as expatriates. There are many challenges when it comes to managing expat employees including the complex issue of mental health and wellbeing.
Research from countries around the world show mental health to be one of the most challenging aspects of Human Resource Management (HRM) in 2018. A statistic from Australia showed 80% of HR professionals spend one quarter of their time managing people with mental health issues. In the US, an estimated 43 million people suffer from depression and it is one of the leading causes of disability. It is estimated that untreated depression costs business in the US more than $100 billion annually in absenteeism, productivity and presentism.
There are additional difficulties for employees on international assignment that may exacerbate mental illness, including:
- Living away from family, friends and support network
- Working in an unfamiliar culture
- The pressure of a new role
There are many tactics for promotion of mental health throughout your organisation: