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Waterpark professionals benefit from finding a work-life balance

02 Mar 2016
by Aleatha Ezra, Director of park member development, World Waterpark Association
Water leisure industry professionals need to create their own opportunities for breaks and breakthroughs.

In October, the World Waterpark Association hosted its 35th symposium and trade show in Palm Springs, California. Known for its in-depth education program and community-building networking events, the WWA Show welcomed attendees from 30 countries.

During the four days, attendees heard talks from 100 experts who are driving the water leisure industry’s continued innovation in attraction development and guest service.

One highlight was hearing from Colette Carlson, a human behaviour expert who specialises in techniques that encourage people to excel. Carlson discussed the negative role that stress plays in our lives.

“All-or-nothing thinking stops us from embracing healthy strategies to reduce stress. Instead, go for the grey! A 10-minute brisk walk produces feel-good chemicals and resets your mindset,” she said.

She also discussed the importance of work-life integration.
“People always say, ‘I don’t have time to take a break.’ Well, breaks now are better than breakdowns later. Besides, breaks create breakthroughs! That’s when the juice comes, that’s when the brain candy kicks in, when you’re off the grid.”

Carlson’s advice on the work-life balance makes sense for waterpark operators, whose in-season schedules often mean long days without regular or consistent time off. Even off-season time can be filled with refurbishment projects, new installations and hiring and training responsibilities – which means water leisure industry professionals need to create their own opportunities for breaks and breakthroughs.

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