Stress and Time Management for Yachting Professionals
In the unpredictable and fast-paced world of yachting, it is critical for Crew to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Failing to do so will result in stress, burnout and a potential safety hazard. Stress and time management are essential when operating a vessel. However, stress is unavoidable when Pursers, Captains and Senior Crew find themselves overwhelmed by the ever-increasing yachting pressures.
No rest for the wicked
The human body needs rest to refuel and reenergise, similar to the need for food to function. “No” is not a word in the yachting vocabulary – anything and everything is possible. To go the extra mile, Pursers, Captains and Senior Crew often reprioritise for the sake of the Charter. Overtime becomes a harsh reality, forcing crew to falsify information regarding hours of work and rest.
In accordance to the MCL 2006, the minimum hours of rest for all seafarers are:
- A minimum of 10 hours in any 24 hour period
- A minimum of 77 hours in any seven day period
This is laughable to some crew as the minimum is a far reach on trips with demanding Charters and Owners.
Stress, a familiar friend
Lack of sleep, guest expectations, yachting administration, overtime, these are just some of the pressures associated with running a vessel. Due to the nature of the job, stress is a familiar friend for most Yachtie’s. Other than being extremely dangerous, stress also severely impacts mental health and concentration, hindering productivity and wellbeing. Not knowing how to deal with these pressures will result in a snowball effect and an inevitable downward spiral.
Unlike any other occupation
ISS Captains Committee have identified a few problematic characteristics associated with crewing on a yacht. These unique features include
- Living in an environment that must appear to be “perfect” at all times,
- A lack of empathy from shore support network i.e. misdirected envy from loved ones, not understanding the yachting environment/pressures.
- Demanding physical and mental working conditions,
- Long hours of work creating high levels of stress and fatigue, and
- Employment insecurity where the slightest perceived failure can result in being dismissed on a whim with all the attendant stress.
Simple changes to assist with Stress and Time Management
Virtual Pursers are the ideal shore-side solution to restore a healthy work environment. This is achieved through relieving pressure from Captains and Pursers who are unable to get through their daily administration. With 20 years combined industry experience, the team know first-hand the trials and tribulations associated with yachting. Virtual Pursers understand yachting pressures and offer a simple solution for stress and time management. It’s ok to hand over work that can be easily outsourced. In doing so, valuable time is freed up for both the Captain and Purser to focus on running the vessel. Together, Virtual Pursers and the vessels crew can work towards achieving the ultimate goal of keeping the client happy. It’s a win-win situation.