Meet Client, Take Notes, Plan Meeting, Execute Meeting, Happy Client, Meeting Wrap-Up, Sleep, Eat, REPEAT! REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT!
If you think the life of an event planner is all cocktails and spa treatments…well you’re right. It’s just that when you’re the one tasked with planning these rewarding experiences for the attendees – it’s not exactly easy or for the one-dimensional. Let’s be honest…being a corporate meeting and event planner is a lot of hard work! FORBES MAGAZINE seems to agree, slating our career path as the 5th most stressful job of 2014 and despite our love, passion and serious attraction to this industry…we couldn’t agree more! With action packed days and around the clock schedules, event planners know that it takes a lot to create every client’s dream vision; on-time and on-budget…every time.
Stress is a growing epidemic in American society and has many negative side effects. Stress not only causes daily symptoms such as hair loss, GI problems, and acne flair ups; it can also have long term health effects. Stress is one of the number one causes of heart disease and even obesity in America. It’s not catastrophic stress that is the culprit, believe it or not, it is the reoccurring everyday stresses that we carry around with us in our tense shoulders, stiff necks and sore backs that is to blame.
So why do WE at KONCEPT EVENTS do this crazy job? That’s easy! As stressful as being an event planner is, who else gets to come up with new, fresh ideas every day that excite clients and turn their dreams into reality? The job may be stressful but if we didn’t love it we wouldn’t do it. They say “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” As cheesy as it sounds, we believe in this, wholeheartedly. Every event is different, every client is different, every hotel, space, theme, profile, objective, purpose, challenge, and day in the life of an event planner is unique. How many people can say that about their work week? We never have“GROUNDHOG DAY.”
Ok, so maybe we do get some perks for our hard work…that occasional bottle of wine in our room, testing out incredible tours or decompressing in the never goes unnoticed complimentary spa treatment – I know we can all agree…WE LOVE WHAT WE DO. Go ahead and hashtag it – #LOVEWHATYOUDO because #YOLO. While those rewards certainly make life easier, KE as a corporation has gone the extra mile to help make the stressful times inside the office walls as stress-free as possible! By incorporating dogs into the workplace, employees smile more which is actually one of the simplest ways to reduce stress immediately. And with an office by the beach, sometimes the occasional stroll or a little meditation in the sand is just what you need to get through the chaos. KE also supports employees in advocating for a healthy work/life balance. Wellness is a BIG thing around the office and there is mutual support seen from peer to peer so that everyone is each other’s “cheerleader.” For example, employees regularly prepare healthy meals together in the communal kitchen and make outings to the local farmers markets. KE staffers are also encouraged to get moving and hash out exercise plans together to keep each other on track and get out their aggression. This is one of those key ways you can get stress out and BONUS: you get to look great in those old jeans! Another important part of finding a healthy workplace balance is personal time. Employees are given plenty of time to go see Dr.’s or to just get home to their kids for dinner. By taking some time for the needs of personal lives, KE staffers reduce their stress levels and get to enjoy the true nature of their roles as event planners.
So the next time you hear about how stressful it is to be an event planner…know it’s true…and know we wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s all about finding the balance.
How do you find balance in your stressful organization? Share your tips!