Stress & a Mobile Workforce – Protecting Emotional Wellbeing & Building Resilience

Life as a mobile worker can bring unforeseen stress and strain. When on a business trip or deployed in a foreign country, people may be exposed to unexpected situations, minor or severe. Distance from loved ones, new environments or a serious accident can all trigger stress and anxiety. At a time when the International Labour Organisation (ILO) considers work-related stress as a "21st-century disease", emotional support is often considered to be the missing link in a comprehensive Travel Risk Mitigation program.

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Perth Chapter Meeting on the 8th November was titled “Stress & a Mobile Workforce – Protecting Emotional Wellbeing & Building Resilience" and co-hosted by International SOS and KPMG.

An interactive presentation from International SOS Medical Director Dr Michael Wilson was well received. Dr Michael walked through the results of a recent study on Business Travel and Emotional Support and discussed what impacts travellers and expats abroad. Tips on managing employees’ emotional wellbeing on assignment as well as strategies to take a proactive approach to prevention for travellers and managers.

There are a wealth of useful checklists and tools that are listed below on the International SOS Foundation page to download.

File(s) available for download until 26 November 2018

File: Business Traveller Psychology White Paper - Embargo till 8, 15.66 MBytes

File: International_SOS_2017_Business_Travel_and_Emotional_Support_Study_Australasia.pdf, 3.79 MBytes

Accompanying the white paper are materials to support organisations, managers and international business travellers including:

• Planning and Coping Tool

• Action Planning Tool

• Guidance for Organisations

• Guidance for Managers

• Guidance for IBTs

• Checklist for Organisations

• Checklist for Managers

• Checklist for IBTs

Aysegul Kayahan

Director, Relocation Specialists

Aysegul Kayahan, managing director of Relocation Specialists in Queensland and Victoria has been in the global mobility industry since 1993. Aysegul started the Forum for Expatriate Management community in Australia in early 2012, with chapters in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. From February 2015 to January 2017, Aysegul was appointed to the role of global chair of Chapter Leads for the Forum for Expatriate Management.

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