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Festival Of Happiness - Workload management and burnout - ensuring 9-5 doesn’t turn into 24/7

Festival Of Happiness – Workload management and burnout – ensuring 9-5 doesn’t turn into 24/7

Though the festival is free we ask for you to donate via our Just Giving page. All donations will be split between two fantastic charities – Nabs and Born Equal

Session overview

In November 2020, a report by Atlassain, showed that people around the world were working longer, on average, than they did before the pandemic. Indeed, in our Wellbeing Research, many respondents commented on the longer hours they were working and the increased levels of burnout. With flexible working the new normal for many companies, how do we ensure our colleagues and employees keep a healthy balance?

In this session, we will explore how we can support employees, and those in our industry, with keeping a balance. From implementing workplace structures and guides to having open conversations about workload. We will discuss best practice and share strategies for success.

Simon Ratcliffe, Startup Mentor, Chief Marketing Officer and Partner|Wash Doctors

Simon Ratcliffe has spent over 35 years in the advertsing and communications industry. Initially working at agencies including Davidson Pearce Berry and Spottiswoode , BMP, and Grey. Latterly Simon founded and built over 10 years, the brand futures agency ‘Your Future ‘ with colleague Clive Cooper, with clients included Coca Cola, Dulux, O2 ,Nestle, and the BBC. The business was eventually acquired by MRM McCann.
Recovery from a long term chronic illness which stopped Simon working for 5 years was the catalyst for a change in direction – Creating and hosting a podcast called Turning the Tables which features stories of people who have come through adversity to find new purpose and meaning. Guests have included the actor/comedian Michael Crawford, Julia Samuel MBE and writer Felix Riley. Simon is now also mentoring and working with young startups to help them build their businesses. In this context Simon is the CMO of Wash Doctors an app based tech platform for car valeting and detailing.

Alexa Stewart | Senior Associate Director at Cirkle

Comms professional with 14+ years FMCG experience within corporate, consumer, retail and foodservice channels.
Senior Associate Director and Partnership Board member at Cirkle. Company ‘Wellbeing Warrior’, career mentor and local not-for-profit volunteer.
Passionate about ‘doing the the right thing’ in business and pleasure.



Thursday 14 October 2021 10:45 am - 11:30 am


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