Present in the Research Panel their paper “Intercultural experience in hard times: The Effects of Covid-19 on an international mobility” at the SIETAR Europa Conference, 19 – 21 May 2022 in Malta
Acil Abdul Hadi
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a major upsets in terms of working patterns and locations. Since the spring of 2020 working from home has become largely mandatory for many office workers and, therefore, for many global assignees. For those assignees who are cohabiting it has meant a number of challenges to their work and life patterns and has triggered changes to their embeddedness abroad.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a major psychological impact on public health and has raised serious concerns for those infected or at risk. Isolation and reduced social contact to contain the contraction of the virus onto the population have restricted people to seek out support from their family and their social networks which in turn elevated the risk for increased anxiety and depression symptoms among individuals.
COVID-19 has made health-related threats abundantly clear. This is one threat to the health and well-being of global workers that affects everyone. However, the hostile environment that was created by this international pandemic and other physical threats such as crime and violence camouflage other types of dangers that might be easily overlooked.