“We pulled out all the stops as we wanted to dedicate the day to the women of Atlas Copco to show the company’s appreciation for their hard work and to give them an opportunity to let their hair down,” says Wendy Buffa-Pace, Atlas Copco Group Human Resources Manager. The venue was beautifully decorated to make the ladies feel welcome and each received a beauty gift voucher. A photo booth with prizes for the best photos added a fun element to the more serious side of the day, a presentation by Candice Janks from Reality Wellness Group on effective stress management. Stress is part of everyone’s daily life with many women having to find a balance between their career and their role as a wife and mother. So Atlas Copco invited Candice Janks to deliver an educational presentation addressing the different methods of dealing with stress both at the office and at home. According to Candice, some of the leading causes of stress are work, relationships and finances, which cannot be avoided. The solution is to identify effective ways to deal with the different sources of stress. Candice highlighted exercise, connecting with others and making time for fun and relaxation as the top three methods on how to deal with stress and adds meditation, yoga, reading or simply doing something that is relaxing to the individual to the list. Her advice is to focus on doing one thing at a time. “We were not built for multi-tasking so instead of looking at emails or social media while eating rather just enjoy your meal and avoid thinking about other things. Motivate yourself, be grateful, accept the things you can’t change and focus on the positives.” “I found the presentation most beneficial as it taught me a great deal about dealing with stress not only at the office but at home,” comments Herculine Niekerk, HR Administrator for Atlas Copco Holdings. “Stress will never go away, but we can learn to take control of our lives and make more time for ourselves. I plan to focus more on the things I love doing and spend more time with my family rather than trying to do everything all at once.” Candice Wilson, Digital Communications Manager at Atlas Copco Industrial Technique’s business area, commented on all the effort that was put into the day. “It was such a privilege to have been part of this initiative and I really feel appreciated and valued by Atlas Copco. What resonated with me the most is that you have one life, so live it to the full. I will now embrace being a woman in a man’s environment and I am going to prioritise more in my life and dedicate more time to my two children.” The ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch which included a chocolate fountain with strawberries and marshmallows – a perfectly sweet way to wrap up the day.