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Got Stress?
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Posted: 5/3/2016 9:34:12 AM

Got Stress?

Event planners now find themselves among the ranks of enlisted military personnel, firefighters, airline pilots and police officers. No, it’s not some new, elite training program—just the Forbes annual listing of “The 10 Most Stressful Jobs in 2016.”

The position of event planner is consistently included on lists of the most stressful jobs each year—and even more frequently listed in the top five. According to Forbes Staff Writer Kathryn Dill, “Though these workers do not face the kind of physical demands and personal danger that the professions further up on the list might, they do operate under challenging deadlines and are constantly under pressure to meet client needs in high-stress situations.” Thanks for the validation, Kathryn!

It’s true—event coordinators, managers and directors are responsible for reconciling a client’s vision with a successful end result. This begins with concept meetings and logistical preparations, followed by event prep and event setup, and finally ends with event follow-up.  Because bringing an event to fruition means meeting strict deadlines, the stress associated with this job can be high when coordinating meetings, weddings, galas and awards shows. Funneling ideas and creating an operational, large-scale event requires the steady hand of a consummate professional.

CareerCast gave event planners a stress score of 49.93. In comparison, a military job was given a score of 84.78. The least stressful job—information security analyst—was given a stress score of 3.80. CareerCast determined the numbers by analyzing 11 stress factors: travel, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, the life of oneself or others at risk, meeting and interacting with customers or the public, and the potential for job growth.

Where does your job land on the list? If it doesn’t, and you feel like it should, below are a few helpful stress-management tips to ease your daily stress levels:
Prioritize and organize. Create a balanced schedule, try not to over-commit yourself, and plan regular breaks throughout the day.

Delegate. You don’t have to do everything yourself, take control or micromanage. If possible, ask for help or delegate some responsibility, and let someone else get that task or project completed.

Establish boundaries. In today's digital world, it's easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day. Establish some work-life boundaries for yourself. 

Talk to your supervisor. Healthy employees are typically more productive, so your boss has an incentive to create a work environment that promotes employee well-being. Start by having an open conversation with your supervisor—chances are they’ve been in the same boat!

Take time to recharge. Some projects require immediate follow-up, but for those that don’t, be sure to take the following day (or next available day) for some R & R. Especially in the events world, burnout from tackling back-to-back projects is frequent and detrimental to the planner’s well-being.