Whether on or offshore, the work and lifestyle of a remote rotational worker is unique. While lucrative for some, it has long been associated with a high impact on mental health and wellbeing. A groundbreaking global report from the International SOS Foundation and Affinity Health at Work, ‘Mental Health and the Remote Rotational Workforce’, provides in depth insight into the psychological impacts of this unique mode of working. The new study highlights evidence of the high level of suicidal thoughts, clinical depression, impacts on physical health (such as diet) and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this workforce.
Dr Rahul Kalia, Medical Director, India, International SOS, commented, “Workers in demanding work profiles such as remote rotational jobs need to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. While physical health receives wide visibility, there is an urgent need for increased focus, understanding and strategies to identify and mitigate prevailing mental health issues in order to promote better metal health of the remote rotational workforce. This is highlighted in our survey, which uncovers significantly high levels of critical mental ill health issues, including suicidal thoughts and depression. The COVID-19 environment has also added increased stress on this already pressured working arrangement.”
‘Mental Health and the Remote Rotational Worker’ synthesizes global data, including interviews with industry stakeholders, an extensive review of existing literature and an in-depth survey of 200 remote rotational workers. The respondents were from mining, offshore and seafaring/maritime based in; 59% Asia,15% Middle East, North Africa,15% Africa, 3% Europe, 3% APAC (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea), 5% Americas. 46% categorised themselves as employees, 33% managers and 21% did not categorise. 81% male. Average age of 41 years. 70% of respondents were married. 95% had no history of, or current diagnosis, of any psychological issues.