Within the public sector, the average annual cost of poor mental health to employers per person is £1716
Public Sector Wellbeing Case Study: Wingate University
“Our partnership with Wellspace has created a dedicated and tailored place for well-being resources we did not have before. Students, faculty, and staff can utilise the app for a variety of support services including linkage to our university counselling services. Fitness challenges have been a fun and engaging way to incorporate more use.” – Shawn Taylor, Associate Professor, Wingate University
Wingate University asked Wellspace to create a tailored wellbeing initiative for both its staff and students. A central bank of advice available through a handy application has proved popular with all and engagement has been increased by challenges.
The Wellspace Solution: Corporate Wellbeing For The Public Sector
Wellspace is the leading provider for workplace wellbeing apps and training, enabling public sector employees to easily take care of their overall wellness, and access training or support when needed. Engagement can be increased with exciting challenges and the solution can be tailored to meet specific business needs.
Our revolutionary combination of an employee wellness app and portal enables your colleagues to track every aspect of their health and access support, whilst you can monitor engagement and pinpoint any wellbeing issues. The additional training services are used in conjunction with the app to provide employees with the support they need, as identified by anonymous data gathering.
Stress: A Costly Issue
The public sector has historically faced its specific challenges; from a lack of funding to reforms, and of course, what can seem like an ever-increasing demand on services.
On an individual level, these industry challenges can translate to stressed employees, struggling with workloads and what can seem like the additional burden of public or political pressure. It’s also not uncommon for those working in the public sector to feel as though many issues are ‘beyond their control’.
Is it any surprise then that there are some pretty shocking statistics when it comes to how public sector employees are handling stress?
Nearly three-quarters of organisations in the public sector (72%) have experienced an increase in common mental health conditions over the past year. And nearly half (49%) of public sector employees report a stress-related absence, compared with a third (34%) in private sector organisations.
The issue is prevalent in education too; according to the 2021 Teacher Wellbeing Index, 72% of education staff described themselves as stressed at work (rising to 84% of senior leaders) and 77% say they have experienced symptoms of poor mental health due to their work.
Absence due to stress and poor mental health in the public sector can cost up to £1716 per employee. This additional cost can come as shock to leaders – particularly in a sector that faces unique financial and socio-political challenges.