Dr Robert Quigley, senior vice-president and regional medical director at risk mitigation company International SOS, on the physical and mental health effects of business travel
The number of calls we receive with regards to behavioural health is increasing rapidly –
and that’s just the people who reach out; I can only imagine how many don’t seek help out of fear of repercussions. Companies expect a lot of their staff these days, but burnout has officially been recognised as a medical condition by the World Health Organisation. Firms need to step up to the plate and figure out ways to mitigate the health implications of business travel because it will come back to sting them one way or another. By definition burnout is
a foreseeable threat, so all companies are on notice and risk serious reputational damage if an employee has an incident and it can’t be demonstrated that pre-deployment training or support was provided.