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Spencer group rolls out wellbeing app company wide

Hull-based Spencer Group has rolled out the Hapstar wellbeing app to its entire workforce to support their mental and physical health.

The engineering company was the first in the industry to adopt the innovative Hapstar app when it launched a four-month trial among 80 of its 350 employees in April this year.

The app, which staff can use anonymously, enables employees to track their mental and physical wellbeing, as well as accessing support, setting happiness actions and providing anonymous feedback.

The data reflects personal feelings, such as happiness, relationships, activity and lifestyle, alongside career satisfaction, thoughts on their team and overall role. The app creates a regular anonymous report for Spencer Group to assess the feedback across the business and data is collected on teams, rather than demographics, to ensure anonymity.

Group MD Gary Thornton said: “One of the key drivers behind rolling out Hapstar to the entire company is the development of the mobile app. During the trial, it was only available on a work desktop, so the app means it can now be used as a lifestyle tool used anytime and anywhere.

“Lots of people who took part in the trial found the app to be a useful tool. While it benefits us to looks at the analytics to potentially improve areas of the business, employees said it helped them to improve their own lifestyles.

“They fill in their responses on the app and it gives them a good indication of how the changes they’ve made are making a difference to their wellbeing.”

Yvonne Moir, HR Director added: “Hapstar also includes life coaching, so if there are areas where staff are scoring lower, on self-confidence for example, there would be a suggestion to try to help them feel better, or tips offered on how to improve their overall mental health.

“Another example is if any staff are concerned about the rising cost of living or finances, we could arrange for a financial coach to come into the business and share tips on smarter money management or money-saving advice.

“We can split the data any way we wish, including on-site teams compared to off-site teams, or specific teams compared to others across the business.

“We’ll review the report results from those who use the app on a monthly basis and we can pick out urgent priorities to respond to if there are any data spikes in certain areas.”

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