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Wellness put under spotlight at Confex

Individuals and employers need to commit to making positive changes that will improve staff wellbeing
01/03/2018

Individuals and employers need to commit to making positive changes that will improve staff wellbeing, according to a recent Confex panel debate on improving health and wellbeing in the industry.


The discussion was brought to the fore by the Eventwell initiative, which is the industry's 'first and only' social enterprise and resource for wellbeing advice, knowledge and support.


"One thing that is starved of our attention is ourselves, which is why so many people in our industry reach burn out. We need to focus on ourselves more often. By making that one change it cultivates a new mindset," said Boulevard Events' director Mark Maher.


With Forbes recognising event coordinator as the fifth most stressful profession in 2017, there was a consensus that there is a definite need for change but it needn't be at the expense of excellence.


"As a one off, we can do the extra hours required for an event and handle it. But if those extra hours become a constant feature of your workload then we have a problem. There are only 24 hours in a day and we can't change that. You have to focus your time effectively and prioritise," said Rebecca Ahern, personal development coach.


The session, which was staged in association with ILEA and chaired by Eight PR's Alistair Turner, also featured panellists Edwina Dowling from Momentum and, events consultant, James Hitchen.


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