UK Event Wellbeing Week (#eventwell17) kicks off today. The campaign rolls out an industry resource for wellbeing advice and support and has been set up to help companies looking to implement wellbeing initiatives and schemes, and managers to support their teams.
Early findings from campaign research has identified that one in three event professionals will suffer from an episode of mental ill health at some point in their lives and careers, and that 75 per cent have cited workload and responsibilities as the main cause of their current stress levels.
Other findings point out to workplace hazards causing stress for event professionals, including demands of the job and the support received from managers and colleagues and relationships at work. The research also identified that workplace pressures causing stress are client expectations and pressure from top management.
The campaign has prepared a series of events this week to address these key findings, including:
- Event First Steps’ Campfire session on the morning of 19 September, debating how to avoid burn out whilst making your mark in the industry
- ILEA UK’s Bootcamp and Picnic Chats on the evening of the same day addressing fitness and nutrition, mental health, diversity and inclusion
- EventHuddle’s breakfast panel on the morning of 20 September debating with a live audience the question, ‘Why are we failing to address wellbeing in the workplace?’
- An EWL (Eventprofs Who Lunch) Club’s practical workshop on 22 September covering the differences between workplace pressure and stress, the triggers, the symptoms and how we can take better care of ourselves and our colleagues.
Campaign team leaders will also be in London at Square Meal Venues + Events Live in the wellness lounge at the two day show to speak to event professionals, managers and business leaders about the new eventwell.org wellbeing resource for the industry.
Wellbeing in the event industry is a topic to take central stage at the Festival and Outdoor Events Show, Festout (27-28 September, Sandown Park).
Andy Lenthall, general manager at Production Services Association, and Penny Mellor, consultant health, safety and welfare at events, take part in the session to be held on Wednesday at The Main Stage powered by The Fair, sponsored by The Ticket Factory.
The session will discuss and invite audience input on issues from the legal requirements for worker welfare through the extra efforts we should make to ensure worker well-being in the festival environment to the difficult task of opening up the conversation about mental health.