Exhibition News October 2018 - Page 51

COLUMN: PEOPLE MANAGEMENT The right tools Sarah Mayo, co-founder of POINT3 Wellbeing, on keeping the industry healthy, happy and thriving T he exhibitions industry is no doubt a special one; bringing people together whether in a work or lifestyle capacity. The live environment offers a truly unique opportunity for people to meet, learn and be inspired as well as build lasting relationships. The same is of course true at the industry’s own events – when the great and the good come out to celebrate each other’s successes and be inspired by conversations and serendipitous meetings with others. These events not only offer an opportunity to reward people after the hard work and stresses of organising events, it’s an opportunity to relax and unwind over a glass or two of wine. At a recent industry-networking do – this very subject came up in the context of wellbeing and balance. As many will know and relate to, the events industry is consistently ranked (in Career Cast’s annual US jobs rated report) as the fifth most stressful job behind fire fighters, police officers, military services and airline pilots, with strict and regular deadlines cited as the major contributing factor. Not to mention the pressures of working long hours and the unpredictable nature of events – it can be a highly stressful environment. And not unique to this industry, the elusive thing of work- life balance is getting harder and harder to achieve when you consider that we take the office with us everywhere we go – always contactable, always connected – to the office, and all the other noise that comes through our devices. So how do we equip our people to cope better with the inevitable stresses of working within the exhibitions industry, coupled with the stresses of life as we know it these days? While there are many things we can’t control, what we can control and take personal responsibility for is our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of our people. But what does wellbeing actually mean? At POINT3 Wellbeing we define it as ‘a state of flow when you’re happy, healthy and thriving, and able to cope with what life throws at you’. Wellbeing is a very personal thing, but how many of us can honestly say that we’re more often than not in this state? We all have our own needs and ways to help promote our own wellbeing, but do we actually spend enough time acknowledging what they are, before then making sure we are prioritising them in our lives? The statistics around mental health in the UK workplace are alarming. The “There are many things we can’t control, but what we can control is our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of our people” government’s 2017 ‘Thriving at Work’ report highlights that 30