It’s no secret, the events industry can be stressful. In fact, research shows that it’s the fifth most stressful job behind being a police officer, pilot, firefighter and, even, the military.
That’s why the EventWell initiative is so important for the industry. For the second year, EventWell week commenced from the 17th to 21st September, with the vision of making tangible change to the event industry’s relationship with wellbeing. Numerous organisations have all got involved from organising fitness events to hosting insightful workshops.
As the principle association of the live-events industry, ILEA hosted a morning of wellbeing huddles. It’s clear that the topic is high on the agenda for #eventprofs as each discussion was certainly flowing within the room, which consisted of agencies, corporates and suppliers. Here is a summary of each huddle:
Topic: Work-life Balance
Hosted by Nicky Morgan of Point3 Wellbeing
A work-life balance is important for every single person, whether they work in the events industry or not. But often – especially within the events industry – finding the balance can be a challenge.
The majority of the table agreed that our work and personal lives are one unit, not separated. Therefore, finding the time to break away from work is important. For #eventprofs, the 9-5 world is mythical.
With the globalisation of the industry and, often, employers themselves, the advancement in technologies and the ‘always-on’ mindset that has been instilled in many industries, balancing work and personal lives is becoming ever-more challenging.
However, this is not necessarily perceived negatively. The events industry is full of dedication and excitement; people are proud to call themselves an #eventprof. What the session highlighted was the need for individuals to raise awareness and manage their own wellbeing.
Topic: Physical & Mental Wellbeing
Hosted by Sarah Mayo of Point3 Wellbeing
Physical and mental health are key foundations in getting wellbeing right. The table agreed that fitness helps relieve stress and improve general happiness. Some hints and tips that came from the table were:
- Cycle to work
- Find the time to go for a run
- Walk to or from the last tube stop
- Invest in an activity tracker – seeing those results can go a long way!
As well as fitness, mental wellbeing is equally important. This has come to the forefront of societal issues and, as an industry, we are making great strides to combat. It was fantastic to hear the solutions that fellow #eventprofs use to ensure their mental wellbeing is being looked after.
Often overlooked but routine and planning is vital. However, everyone is different, it’s about finding something that works for you. For me, it’s about cycling to work and reading industry news for 15-minutes before the day begins. For others, it’s finding time to unwind before bed. There are so many useful apps such as Calm and Headspace that can help with this.
Topic: Stress Management
Hosted by Laura Capell-Abra of Nomoreifsandbuts
As mentioned earlier, the events industry is stressful. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Pretty much everyone on the table agreed that they thrive off stress, good stress that is.
Laura made a very nice point that ‘good stress’ can be referred to as ‘optimum stress’. The times when we’re #winning. But, the issue is when we g past ‘optimum stress’ and hit ‘stress, stress’.
For ourselves and our colleagues, we need to be aware of the signs of stress. These may be:
Change in skin
Change in eating habits
Change in behaviour
"Physical and mental health are key foundations in getting wellbeing right."
The ILEA Wellbeing Huddle proved to be a great success and helped
support the awareness of wellbeing within the industry. It’s clear that
great strides have been made but, still, there’s plenty of work to do.
If you’re interested in EventWell next year or want to see what other fantastic events took place, please head to: https://eventwell.org/
By David Lewis