Mental Health and the Events Industry: Event Huddle

“Wellness is not just for the weekend”

Recently one of our Account Directors and our own Mental Health Officer Kyna Thompson, went to Event Huddle to learn about mental health and the events industry, and to see if we are doing enough to support our staff. 

Here are some of the things she learnt:

Employer Responsibilities 

Mental health starts with yourself and you are responsible to ensure that you look after it just like you would your physical health.

But as an employer, we understand that some responsibility lies on our shoulders. We need to ensure that especially with the industry our employees work in, that they stay in tune with their emotions. 

We want to create a culture of open communication about Mental Health. This communication needs to be engrained in how we work, starting from management. 

It shouldn’t be a fad or a temporarily highlighted topic that fits with an awareness day or a trend. It starts from the top and filters down as part of our company culture.

For example, if someone has lost a loved one, is going through a breakup or currently in a depressed period, as a manager you can’t expect them to be 100% productive so you need to help them through it.

Alcohol & the Events Industry 

The events industry is known for being a sociable industry. Client and venue relationship building is essential and what comes with it is attending various levels of entertaining such as; dinner, drinks and networking events. 

We want to emphasise that it is ok to not drink at networking events or entertaining clients. A fresh head is always welcomed especially when forming new and existing relationships. Your decision to drink should not be blamed on the events industry itself. 

Simple ways to lessen your alcohol intake are:

Set a drinking goal

Set a limit on how much you will drink either per month or per event. This will help you to keep track of your alcohol intake and pace yourself better. 

Drink slowly

Sip your drink and drink water in between alcoholic beverages. Also never drink on an empty stomach.

Watch out for peer pressure

Practise ways to say no politely. You shouldn’t feel obligated to drink just because others are, even at networking events. 

Get a mocktail

If peer pressure if a common problem, mocktails can make you seem like you’re drinking when in fact you aren’t. 

Work targets vs. mental health  

Work targets will only go as far as your employees can take them. Ensuring that your employees’ capacity is at a healthy working level, and that they have the resources to help them is extremely important for their mental health and the business. 

We also want to ensure that we create an environment and culture where our employees can let their managers know if taking on a project isn’t good for themselves and the team, and that they can speak up. We want to ensure that we have an open forum within our company as saying no to new work isn’t a negative if it has a positive impact on your team.

Flexible working hours 

Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs. This can be extremely positive to an employee’s health, as they gain some control over their personal and family life yet are still able to work efficiently and proactively.It also creates positive relationships between employers and staff and allows employees to work when they enjoy working most and gives the employee a feeling of empowerment. 

Yet there can be some negativity associated with flexible working. Comments like “part timers” to those who work an early shift can make an employee feel like they may be slacking when they leave earlier than other members of staff yet have worked the same hours. We have many US based clients and appreciate when members of the team work US hours in order to accommodate them and make their experience of working with us more convenient.

In conclusion, the events industry is getting better and destigmatizing. Here at emc3 we are committed to looking after our employee’s mental health by adopting the above practices. 

The events industry isn’t 9-5, so you need to find your peace and listen to your mind – what helps you switch off?