COVID devastated what was a thriving and successful industry. The ramifications of the crisis rippled out and was experienced by event professionals physically, mentally and emotionally. While the crux of the crisis has passed, its effects are still felt within the mind and hearts of our most valued people.
Research reveals that people are feeling more disconnected from themselves, each other and the planet than ever before and it’s taking a toll; not only personally, but professionally with over half of Australian employees struggling with burnout at work, with 53% feeling stressed and overwhelmed most of the time*1.
However, as the dust starts to settle, we can begin to see the road in front of us more clearly, and we are at a crossroads. With work-life balance declining and ill mental health rising, it is up to us to decide how we want to move forward and stride confidently out of the crisis and into this new era of events.
We have been through the trenches and emerged, perhaps a little dishevelled, on the other side. Now it’s time to step boldly into this new and exciting future, a future that has wellbeing, connection and purpose at the forefront.
Pre-COVID, wellbeing was a subtle footnote, but now it’s a prominent keynote and GreenX7 founder, Tim Jack Adams, is leading the way to help move individuals, teams and organisations from surviving to thriving and create cultures of wellness and high performance.
“Creating opportunities for individuals to reconnect to themselves, each other and the natural environment is how we can thrive sustainably” explains Tim. Being in nature supports connection, wellbeing and performance and is an antidote to the rising stress being felt in the modern workplace environment*2.
The conferencing and events landscape is evolving. With so much change, instability and many working remotely, it’s key to understand that the most valuable use of your time, whilst on conference, is not about content delivery; it’s about creating connections, deepening culture and inspiring your people to share your organisations vision.
A thought-leader in wellness, Tim says “If you want a thriving culture, then we need to reassess the most important days of the year to make an impact.” Research shows happy people are measurably more productive, better decision makers and more effective*3.
And the best way to do this is to create value, meaning and belonging for your people.
AIME’s 2023 Knowledge Program understands that the event sector needs practical tools to emerge stronger and refocus for the next year and beyond. Tim, who is opening the event, will provide delegates with the crucial information they need now to thrive sustainably.
One of those tools is the GreenX7 app that has the ability to measure, share and provide immediate actions to recharge your battery within 60 seconds, providing a universal language and measurement tool for wellbeing. Tim will do a live battery check for the AIME audience which allows him to speak to exactly what they need and help them walk away with a roadmap on how to reconnect, reset and recharge.
If the last two years have taught us anything it is that positive human connections are what we need to thrive and not just survive. As individuals, and as an industry, we now have the opportunity to steer events in a healthy and resilient direction by harnessing the power of connection to better serve our people, community and organisations.
The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. AIME is where industry decision makers connect, create and do business. Visitor pre-registration is now open. Visitor buyers can upgrade their ticket to attend the highly anticipated Knowledge Program. To register and view the full schedule of Knowledge Program speakers visit AIME website.
- Employment Hero. (2022). “Wellness at work.” https://employmenthero.com/wellness-at-work/
- Campbell, F., Gast, A., Morton, K., & Tonies, F. (2022, 18 November). “(Extremely) out of office: let nature boost your team’s creativity and performance.” McKinsey & Company. https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/people-and-organizational-performance/our-insights/extremely-out-of-office-let-nature-boost-your-teams-creativity-and-performance
- University of Oxford. (2019, 24 October). “Happy workers are 13% more productive.” https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2019-10-24-happy-workers-are-13-more-productive