Stress Matters, the event industry well-being accreditation scheme, is launching the second edition of its biennial research into the stress levels and mental well-being of event professionals.
The previous edition of the research, which was carried out in 2017, found that:
- Event industry professionals believe that 71 per cent of their colleagues are suffering from stress.
- 91 per cent of respondents work more than 41 hours per week. Over 50 per cent work more than 51 hours and over 20 per cent work more than 61 hours per week.
- High workload was the biggest cause of stress at 68 per cent. Followed by unrealistic deadlines and demanding clients at 59 per cent and 58 per cent respectively.
- Those that have employers that offer flexible working are 31 per cent less stressed than those that either have to justify it or are not allowed to work flexibly.
- 45 per cent of respondents have not had any training and were expected to learn on the job, their stress levels were 33 per cent higher than those that had some or a large amount of training.
- 65 per cent believe that the reputation of a company’s pro-active stress management approach will impact their future job choices.
The research aims to map the industry’s approach to the wellbeing of event teams. It will look at the current stress levels of team members across the industry, will identify actions that are being taken by employers to manage workplace wellbeing and will track changes in the last two years.
The Stress Matters accreditation scheme to support the workplace wellbeing of event teams has seen positive results in reducing stress in participating teams by an average of 18 per cent. Businesses across all sectors of the event industry have signed up to the scheme to show that Stress Matters to them.
In response to the 2017 research, Stress Matters and Unique Venues of London are now providing event-industry focused Mental Health First Aider training. The research found that not one respondent believed that their employer would pro-actively ask them about their stress levels and 43 per cent said that their employer would just tell them it would pass.