As well as losing sleep before an event, over half (53%) said they never have time to exercise while organising events and admit to ‘powering through’ events all the time, despite feeling tired or stressed.
And it didn’t stop at sleep and exercise. Only 6% of organisers make a conscious effort to always eat healthily during an event with a quarter stating that they eat whatever’s available, healthy or not.
The research among events agency, in-house and freelance professionals across the UK was carried out by conference and events hotel group, QHotels, to understand the wellbeing of organisers during events.
The findings have inspired QHotels’ new fitness incentive scheme, offering event bookers the opportunity to claim a free Fitbit, to monitor movement, sleep, food intake and exercise, as well as a top tips guide to help organisers look after themselves more during conferences and events at QHotels’ 26 venues across the UK.
According to the survey findings, a quarter of event organisers said they feel anxious before an event, 18% said they feel stressed in the run up and over a third (36%) said they felt relieved once an event was over.
The stress and lack of time is clearly taking its toll as 98% of event professionals admit they need time after an event for their body to recover, with almost half (48%) saying it takes at least two days to recuperate. Only 8% of hosts factor time in for themselves during an event, with 40% of organisers saying they try to look after themselves but just don’t have time. Joanne Barratt, QHotels’ Group Operations Manager, said: “Being an event organiser is an exciting and hugely rewarding job but from experience we also know that it’s up there as one of the most demanding and stressful careers. Our research highlights the difficulties organisers face when it comes to their own wellbeing, with lack of time, demanding clients and delegates being the most difficult aspects of the job.
“So whether the goal is to be more active or to get a better night’s sleep, organisers working with QHotels will now be able to use their Fitbit and our guides to help improve their wellbeing during busy events and monitor and measure their progress every step of the way. “With many of our 26 venues set in stunning grounds and offering state-of-the-art health club facilities, our venues offer the full package to get active during events.”
QHotels’ Wellbeing Guide is now available for event organisers to download from the QHotels website.
The QHotels incentive is available on events booked before 31 March 2016 and taking place during 2016 and includes:
· A Fitbit Flex on events worth over £2,500
· A Fitbit Charge HR on events worth over £5,000
· A Fitbit Surge on events worth over £10,000
· An Apple Watch Sport on events worth over £15,000
· An Apple Watch 38mm Stainless Steel Case on events worth over £25,000