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Organisers need employers to reduce work stress, De-Stress Fest survey finds

by Nicola Macdonald

Following the launch of De-Stress Fest, a free well-being festival for the event industry at The Royal Horticultural Halls in May, a survey sent to attendees was returned with a strong clear message. 100 per cent of respondents want employers to do more to make their work less stressful.

80 per cent acknowledged that the job itself had become more stressful in the last five years, with some saying that their workload had doubled. When asked about the kind of wellness initiatives they’d like to see in the workplace there were a wide range of responses to aid mental and physical well-being including taking the Stress Matters pledge, talk therapy, meditation, re-balancing, massage, yoga, workshops and Access Bars which ‘de-frags’ the brain.

75 per cent took away useful tips from the festival to help them de-stress at work and home, with 25 per cent recognising the need to take a break to re-energise body and mind to be more productive in the long run. Breathing techniques were also a big hit as were re-balancing and posture re-alignment.

Lorraine Thorne, venue sales manager said: “I’m glad De-Stress Fest served people well, and many took something valuable away with them. The survey also showed that there is a need for events like this and everyone wants De-Stress Fest to happen next year. We are currently in discussion, so watch this space.

“Throughout the Royal Horticultural Society we now have Wellbeing Champions who can point staff to the appropriate person to help their situation. We are also promoting walking at lunchtime and we will be offering yoga, massage and meditation in the near future.”

Laura Capell-Abra from Stress Matters said: “It’s no surprise that organisers are desperate for their employers to recognise their plight, however it’s not asking the impossible. By taking time out to hear their needs and give them tools such as going on our Mental Health First Aider Workshops, employers will be able to put systems in place to avoid stress getting out of control, thereby achieving a happier and more productive work force.”

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