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Wellness is fast becoming a buzz word and for the past few years this trend has been gathering pace - first in the gyms and health clubs as a way of promoting healthy minds and bodies for its members.

Now it’s becoming an office revolution. Companies like Google have been running workplace wellness programs since the 90s and now the rest of us are catching up.

What started as a fad though has now become totally common place in many businesses.

Why?

Because employers are finally realising something employees have known all along- a healthy mind and body equals a more productive, engaged and happy worker. If you put it like that, shouldn’t all employers be racing to nab the best yoga teacher in town?

It can be hard to quantify the benefits of a happy healthy employee though – I learnt this when looking to run a wellness week at my workplace. How can you measure the direct benefits of holding corporate yoga classes and offering free gym membership?

I firmly believe that our mental wellbeing is so important to having a happy work life- and work can be the number one cause of stress so it’s partly an employer’s responsibility to look after their employees’ wellbeing. Not simply from a development and career point of view – also for their work environment, their motivators and their holistic wellbeing.

Why is it so important?

Events in particular is an industry known for its high stress levels- in fact a recent study showed that events is the 5th most stressful career choice, the only jobs more stressful were military personnel, fire fighter, airline pilot and police officer!

It is estimated that UK employers lose an average of £29 billion a year to employee sickness. Combine that with the events industry being one of the most stressful in the industry and you don’t have to guess that the workplace can be a tough environment. People think that you need to have a big stressful project/ not enough people/ terrible boss for you to have a stressful work life and to actually do something about it. I disagree – I think spending long hours at a desk, working on tough even if not really stressful rejects and interacting with a variety of colleagues can be stressful in itself – you’re always thinking, manoeuvring and adapting. Which is often tough on the body and the mind.

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