Over 70% of event organisers admitted they lost sleep the night
before an event, with two thirds losing up to two hours and an
astonishing one in ten losing over three hours, according to a new
survey into the wellbeing of events professionals.
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
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
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
The QHotels incentive is available on events booked before 31
March 2016 and taking place during 2016 and includes:
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