It’s that time of year, when everyone is making (and hoping to keep!) their New Year’s resolutions. Many people choose to start a healthy lifestyle (eat well, exercise, and reduce stress). This begs the question: how can your mobility program support this resolution for your mobile employees?
With the expectation of ‘round the clock’ accessibility, further enhanced with mobile devices and multiple time-zones, the mental health of both employees, and their managers, are at higher risk than ever before.
Organizations are recognizing the impact that our on-demand, high-efficiency work culture are taking on the physical and mental health of their employees.
What is the impact?
Of particular importance to global mobility teams, mobility managers need to recognize that the mental strain on employees impacts productivity, particularly when added to an already stressful event in their relocation. In addition to the typical anxiety and stress related to getting settled into a new location and new job position, acclimating to a new time-zone and feeling like they are unable to ‘unplug’ can cause extra pressure on mobile employees.
Mobility managers should be also take into consideration the cultural implications, particularly for those relocating employees from relationship-focused work cultures. Simple parameters, like encouraging no emails after 8pm local time, or adding basic social conversation into emails (i.e. “hope you are well”) can go a long way to ensuring your employees avoid burnout and remain healthy and productive.