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Supporting wellbeing in the workplace: guidance for best practice

9 October 2019

About the guidance

Our guidance for employers covers best practice for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of employees in the workplace.

It is relevant to firms of all sizes. Specific recommendations are included for different sizes of firm.

This guidance has been designed for solicitors, managers, learning and development, diversity and inclusion and HR professionals. It applies to lawyers at any stage of their career, as well as business services support staff. The guidance is also transferable across other industry sectors.

It focuses on three key themes:

  • support
  • education and training
  • culture

The guidance includes storyboards with practical steps that you can use to approach wellbeing conversations with employees.

It also features case studies from firms including Pinsent Masons, Farrer & Co, Macfarlanes, Freeths, Giles Wilson and Thrive Law.

Background

In early 2019, the Junior Lawyers Division did a survey of its members to gather data on the wellbeing of junior lawyers.

The survey found that more than 93% of respondents had experienced stress in their role in the previous month, with almost a quarter of those individuals being severely or extremely stressed. One in 15 junior lawyers (6.4%) reported experiencing suicidal thoughts in the month before they took the survey.

The guidance is intended to support employers in tackling this issue and promoting healthy workplaces.

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