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Taking care of mental health at App Sapiens

Monika Garlauskaite

April is Stress Awareness Month, so we decided to share what we do as a company to help our employees cope with stress in these uncertain times.

Tue Apr 20 2021 - 2 min read

Modern life is fast-paced and stress-filled but these last 12 months have been especially challenging. Long working hours, endless calls video calls and working around deadlines is one thing. Add to the mix politics, protests and a pandemic: you have yourself a year from hell.

Stress in the result. And our stress levels are at an all-time high. According to a recent article from the mental health charity Mind:

“at any one time, at least one in six workers are experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.”

April is Stress Awareness Month, so we decided to share what we do as a company to help our team cope with stress in these challenging times.

Acknowledge

The first step is talking openly about the challenge. At App Sapiens we strongly believe that mental health is just as important as physical health.

We ensure our team feel supported through 1-to-1 monthly meetings with our CEO Tom where they can discuss any personal or professional issues.

This offers a solid baseline but we wanted to do more. So we set off on a mission to create a Mental Health and Wellness policy that could serve everyone in our growing company.

Research

We started with an anonymous survey of our team to see what they thought would be most helpful for managing their mental health. Optimistically, we assumed there would be one or two common answers where we could focus.

It turns out our needs are very varied! There was quite the mixture of answers - ranging from professional help to app subscriptions. There was no single solution that would work for everyone in the company.

So what to do? Through research into what other companies have done we came across a simple and innovative idea that fitted the bill - a ‘Wellness Pot’.


Implementation

The fundamental idea is that each individual team member can privately decide how to manage and support their own mental health.

Instead of providing team members with prescriptive set of options, the company puts a certain amount of money into the a “Wellness Pot” each month.

How the individual spends that money is entirely up to them, no questions asked. They may choose to use it on a gym membership, counselling, hobbies, or save it up for a holiday with family. The only thing we ask of them is that they use it for their wellness.


Results

The “Wellness Pot” has been a success so far and we highly recommend it!


What our team say

"My wellness pot this month will go to a mental health specialist to help me cope with stress-spikes, that ruin my focus during work."
"...other future plans for it, is to get bike equipment to start biking more regularly again."
"I have used my "Wellness pot" to pay for audiobooks from audible on top of my subscription that I listen to on my runs in the morning, great start to the mornings!"


In the crazy world we live in, it’s immensely important for a company to take care of team mental health. After all, the key to happy clients is happy team members.

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