The Meetings Industry Association (mia) is working with internationally renowned leadership and organisational development expert Roffey Park Institute, in a campaign to raise awareness of mental health, compassion and resilience in the events and hospitality sector.

The campaign is offerings hospitality business leaders in the Midlands the chance to participate in a focus group led by Roffey Park, taking place on Tuesday 29th August at the NEC in Birmingham, with a choice of three sessions starting at 10am, 12pm or 2.30pm, lasting approximately 90 minutes each.

As well as discussing the impact that mental health has on recruitment, staff retention and engagement within the workplace, the focus groups will give attendees the opportunity to hear what other organisations are doing to build compassionate and productive workplaces.

Michael Jenkins, CEO of Roffey Park said: “Creating more compassionate workplaces should be part of the business strategy of any organization, and the benefits of improving human relationships cannot be understated”.

Attendees taking part in the focus group will be able to contribute to new research and the development of the sector, and the findings will be presented at a one-day event hosted by the mia in November.

Chief executive of the mia Jane Longhurst said: “We want to ensure we make real progress in making our industry a desirable and rewarding place to work and these focus groups will address what the sector currently does well but also how we can improve”.

Roffey Park will also be creating an exclusive one-day workshop for mia members utilising the findings of the study, available from January 2018.

To participate in the focus group, contact Shauna Murray shaunam@mia.uk.org. To take part in the confidential survey, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MIACompassion2017.   

For more information about the mia, visit www.mia-uk.org.

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