Marriott collab with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg places mental health front and centre for meetings

Marriott International has collaborated with psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg to reinvent the return of face-to-face meetings as Australia emerges from the pandemic.

Titled Converge, the framework examines the mental health impacts of the pandemic and reimagines Marriott International’s MICE offering centred on eight pillars of wellbeing.

With the hotel industry severely impacted by the global health crisis, Dr Carr-Gregg worked with Marriott to develop the visionary new toolkit which promotes the positive impact of human connection.

Dr Carr-Gregg’s research reveals the effects of remote working and lack of face-to-face meetings in the business world namely loneliness and isolation, which are significant risk factors for mental illness.

“Australia may have handled the global health crisis well, but our next challenge will be coming together to help people rebound and develop psychological resilience. Human beings are social animals – we do better, together,” Dr Carr-Gregg said.

“Marriott has an unprecedented opportunity to give Marriott guests attending conventions, meetings and conferences the skills, knowledge and strategies to invest in their wellbeing.”

The Converge program is based on eight pillars:

C Catch some Z’s

O Oxygenate the brain

N Nutrition

V Vision and purpose

E Engage mindfully

R Random acts of kindness

G Gratitude

E Experience something new

Sean Hunt, Marriott International’s Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, said the world has changed how we work and do business.

“Converge means to unite in a common interest or focus – a collective mindset,” Hunt said.

“At Marriott International, it means bringing out the best in our teams and for our corporate clients as they come together to rebuild. Our new MICE offering will engage the corporate world, from the boardroom table down, and restart the focus on company culture once lockdowns and border closures end.”