In support of EventWell week #itsoknottobeok
Monday 16th – Friday 20th is EventWell week, a week to recognise health and wellbeing for event professionals. The event industry is an exciting and rewarding environment, but it can also come with high pressure, expectations and looming deadlines. EventWell has recently listed it as the 5th most stressful career.
EventWell is the event industry’s ‘first and only’ charitable social enterprise and official resource for health and wellbeing advice, knowledge and support.
In this blog, we will focus on the key messages behind EventWell 2019, importance of overcoming industry related issues and becoming familiar with the following statements; which are part of this year’s theme.
It’s OK to not have all the answers
Anyone in the event industry will tell you, planning an event can be demanding with long hours and late nights. There are many variables to address and obstacles to overcome throughout the process. From Project Managers to Venue Contractors, there are high expectations for every individual to perform to a certain standard. It is essential to acknowledge not one person has the capacity to have all of the answers, so recognising it and getting help is the way forward.
It’s OK to ask for help
The foundations of organising an event or being involved in the process relies heavily on teamwork. Working together to build a team culture of support will go a long way in making employees feel more confident and happier in their job. Reiterating the sense of a supportive and compassionate network will also reduce stress and help to improve efficiency.
It’s OK to make mistakes
Even if everything has been double checked and all the boxes have been ticked, things can still go wrong. This may be an internal or external issue that has caused a disruption for your event. That is OK, we are all human, it is important to recognise things can go wrong and not always go the way you planned. The key is to stay calm and work with your team to find a solution.
It’s OK to have bad days
Everyone has bad days from time to time. Opening the lines of communication between senior level management and employees is vital, this will allow employees feel comfortable enough to ask for help, advice or support.
It’s OK for things not to be perfect
In the UK, stress accounts for 45% of lost workdays, and over 1.3 million people have suffered from workplace stress. Employee mental and physical well-being is becoming a core priority for companies of all sizes; but there is still an evident lack of empathy and understanding towards event professionals when things don’t go to plan.
It’s OK to take a break
UK event professionals only rate their general wellbeing at 6 out of 10. This figure emphasises the importance of employees taking breaks and making time to mentally recharge, to enable productivity levels to improve.
It’s OK to let go
As an event professional, may you be a Stand Designer, Project Manager or Marketer, it is important to have a way to let go and free your mind from any work-related stress or anxiety. By spending time focusing on your health and wellbeing, you will find yourself feeling stronger and happier with your job and any ongoing projects. Calming activities, such as yoga or meditation, have been proven to help ease stress and anxiety.
It’s OK to say no
Last, but certainly not least, is the importance of saying no. If you are at your capacity and you have been assigned another task, it is OK to have the confidence to ask that your workload is reassessed. We have talked about the significance of teamwork in the event industry; it is key for managers and colleagues to support each other and share the workload during stressful situations or busy periods.
If you are reading this and feel you struggle with any of these challenges, speak to a Manager or colleague to work towards overcoming the issue. Also, visit EventWell.org for more tips and advice on how to improve your overall wellbeing if you work in the events industry.