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September Authors of the Month: Ian Hesketh and Cary L. Cooper

Dr. Ian Hesketh and Professor Sir Cary Cooper, authors of Managing Health and Wellbeing in the Public Sector, are our Routledge Psychology Authors of the Month for September! Read our exclusive interview and learn more about their fantastic new book!

"...how can managers within the public sector meet the challenge of delivering services whilst maintaining the health and wellbeing of staff tasked with carrying out the work? We wanted to write a book that explored, identified and offered meaningful guidance to managers in meeting these challenges."

As governments throughout the world experience increasing fiscal challenges, the pressures on public sectors to streamline services and harness technological advances is unprecedented. Many have undergone huge budgetary cuts as a result, but what are the effects of this intense organizational change on such a large and varied workforce? And, how can managers within the public sector meet the challenge of delivering services whilst maintaining the health and wellbeing of staff tasked with carrying out the work? We wanted to write a book that explored, identified and offered meaningful guidance to managers in meeting these challenges.

Our challenge was to unpick these huge challenges and attempt to answer these questions in this book. By exploring the realities of working in the public sector, and those factors which can add meaning and purpose to working life, our book provides managers, students, researchers of occupational or organizational psychology, and HRM professionals with a practical toolkit for creating the best working environment, as well as nurturing resilience and motivation within their staff. We hope readers of this book will be provided with a valuable practitioner insight into what works (and what doesn’t), and how to ‘operationalise’ wellbeing in the workplace.

Between the two of us we have a lifetime of experience in the field of public services and wellbeing, and we openly discuss how promoting occupational health and wellbeing is beneficial to organizations, drawing on a huge network and a wealth of international research to support this argument. We emphasize the strategic importance of operationalizing wellbeing in the public sector and providing meaning and purpose to the working lives of employees.

The burgeoning interest in social media in the sphere of Wellbeing is also explored in this book, challenging how this potentially both helps and hinders our projections of what working life may look like in 2020 and beyond. We relate our own extensive use of social media as an engagement tool to illustrate future scenarios for the workplace, and how it is both possible and quite probable that this will change radically from the status quo.

The benefits wellbeing bring to the quality of working life are commonly considered immeasurable, but this book effectively reviews what is known to date, to quantify how effective wellbeing strategies can benefit fiscal policy as well as emotional transactions; and the psychological contract an employer holds with their employees. This book will help with both working relationships and increased operational productivity. We know work is good for us, this book explains how meaning and purpose play a huge role in that factor, and how managing health and wellbeing plays a critical part in any public-sector organization.

Dr. Ian Hesketh and Professor Sir Cary Cooper first teamed up at Lancaster University Management School where they tried to unpack why wellbeing in public services plays such a huge role in those organisations. During their early work they uncovered and labelled the phenomenon of Leaveism, a lacuna in current thinking about workplace manifestations of ill-health, both physical and psychological. The journey eventually led to the writing of this book, Managing Health and Wellbeing in the Public Sector: A Guide to Best Practice.

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  • Managing Health and Wellbeing in the Public Sector

    A Guide to Best Practice

    By Cary L. Cooper, Ian Hesketh

    As governments throughout the world experience increasing fiscal challenges, the pressures on public sectors to streamline services and harness technological advances is unprecedented. Many have undergone huge budgetary cuts as a result, but what are the effects of this intense organisational…

    Paperback – 2017-09-21
    Routledge

About the Author

Dr Ian Hesketh is a serving police officer, currently working at the College of Policing in the UK. Ian has a PhD and an MBA from Lancaster University Management School, and he is a Chartered Manager, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and and a Member of the Society for Education and Training.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, President of the CIPD, President of the British Academy of Management, President of RELATE, and President of the Institute of Welfare. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only a few UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management.